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The 13 Project – An Update!


When I started The 13 Project just 2 short weeks ago I never through it would have the response it’s had. With tweets, facebook shares, and pins now running into the thousands I am truly humbled by the number of people ready and willing to make the end of 2012 count for animals.

I’ve done my best to read and comment on every project list posted online (if I haven’t please email me to let me know) and the links on the original post are now totaling over 55 and counting. Some of them have opened my eyes to amazing foundations helping animals throughout the world, some have been bursting with creativity and others have been so touching they have moved me to tears. I’m truly floored. Because do you know what this all means? It’s means that between now and the end of 2012 there will be hundreds of small acts of kindness bestowed on animals around the world.

As someone who only a few weeks ago was questioning whether one person could make a difference, the response to this project has proven to me that even the smallest acts can have the biggest impact. Thank you all from the bottom of my dog-crazy heart.

But before I get carried away – let’s do a inventory of our lists! Are you crossing things off? Let’s take a look at my original list and what I’ve managed to do so far…

UPDATE #1: The 13 Project…

1. Go through all of my old towels, bedding and sheets & donate what I don’t use to my local shelter.
2. Attend the Oscar’s Law Rally against puppy farming. DONE! (If you would like to support them please consider joining the Oscar’s Law Facebook Page)
3. Share and repost a rescue dog’s profile on Facebook until I know they find a loving fur-ever home.
4. Go through Soda’s toys and donate the ones she doesn’t use anymore to my local rescue centre.
5. Buy this calendar knowing that all profits go towards helping dogs in need. DONE! (You can still buy copies here though)
6. Send a letter to my local representative asking them to ban the sale of animals in pet shops.
7. De-clutter my closet and sell the clothes that I no longer wear on eBay. Donate those profits to the RSPCA.
8. Organise a group of friends to spend an afternoon walking dogs or cleaning at our local shelter.
9. Purchase a collar in the WSPA’s Collars Not Cruelty campaign.
10. Join POOPs – the program that assists elderly pet owners with basic and emergency pet care.
11. Sign this petition to help  save greyhounds from a cruel export trade. DONE! (I encourage you to sign it too!)
12. Pin Pro-Adoption & Pro-Rescue posters and images on Pinterest to encourage others to think of adopting. DONE! (Inspired by other 13 Project lists, I also started a board just for cute pups up for adoption here: Adopt Me!)
13. Share and promote The 13 Project to inspire others! DONE! (But you’ve just got me started on this one!)

So let me hear from you. How is your list going?

I’m here to be your personal cheerleader to get those goals crossed off your list by the time the New Years Eve fireworks go off. Don’t ever feel alone, overwhelmed or that you can’t make a difference. None of us are perfect, just do what you can. Remember, every action you make has the chance to change an animal’s life forever. We’re in this together!

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12 responses to “The 13 Project – An Update!”

  1. Maria says:

    Great work! I just crossed one item of my list :S Haven’t had much time, hoping that during the weekend i’ll be able to do more! 🙂

    • Great work to you too! One item is brilliant – Remember every little bit counts 🙂

      I did a couple of easy ones in the last couple of weeks too (signing a petition online takes much less time than going through my closet – that’s going to be a fun day 🙂 )

      Thanks so much for being involved xx

  2. Anitra says:

    It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by all the animals that don’t make it out of shelters. But your Project 13 is so inspiring. It’s great to know that so many acts of kindness will take place on behalf of the animals. That, at least somewhat, help to offset some of the hurt and will hopefully inspire people to want to change the way things currently are.

  3. Lindsay says:

    I’ve only crossed three things off my list so far but I think I’m on track to complete all 13 by the end of the year. I’ll admit, I’ve done the easy ones first too, but I have high hopes for progress in the next couple of weeks!

    This is a brilliant project and it’s amazing to see the response. If you wondered how much of a difference just one person can make, I think you can now rest assured that the answer is – a huge difference! Great work and thank you again for the inspiration:)

  4. Kelly says:

    Its such an awesome concept. One of the things I committed to was writing a blog post for shelters and foster carers with some simple tips for taking better shots of their charges. Nothing we don’t already know, but hopefully will make a little difference.

  5. Kristine says:

    Right on! I just created my list yesterday and already I feel like I am well on my way to completing it. Thank you so much for coming up with this terrific idea. I have a feeling many animals’ lives are about to change. You have already proven the effect just one person can have on others, even people they don’t even know in different parts of the world.

    • Yay you!! Thank you so much for taking part 🙂
      I’m so excited that from Sydney, Australia the 13 Project has gone worldwide – it certainly stopped me from feeling so helpless. It just shows we can all make a difference in our own way xx

  6. Miriam says:

    I love love love your new entryway! Mine looks almost exactly like your old one, except it has a bottom shelf for some pretty boxes I found at Target, but it is not as functional as yours!

    One thing that caught my eye was your monthly calendar, all black. I love that and would like to know if you made that or ordered it somewhere? Thanks so much!

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