There is nothing better for dog lovers or dog promoters than to see national coverage of dogs; whether it is rescues or shelters doing the promotion or war dogs being honored. Yesterday during the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, the Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation was not only present, but won the Lathrop K. Leishman trophy for most beautiful non-commercial float signifying “Follow The Stars…Adopt A Pet!” The organization that sponsored this float is a non-profit that is devoted to rescuing, caring for and adopting out stray pets. Their float totally got the point across to the audience both present at the parade and those viewing from their television sets!
They chose their theme in order to build worldwide awareness and to emphasize just how important pet adoption is – especially since 5,000,000 pets are euthanized annually just in the U.S. alone. Unadoptable pets may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time, may be feral, or simply too ‘ugly’ to adopt out. Because of these terrible reasons, dogs (and cats) tend to lose their lives. Perhaps viewing adoptable animals on a beautiful float will have the proper effect and shelter and rescue pets will get a new focus this year and in the years to come! Spaying and neutering is very important to keep the pet population down; make sure to look into this to keep your pet safe.
Natural Balance Pet Foods also had a hand in the parade with their ‘Canines with Courage’ Float. This original float was modeled after the U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument. It was built to honor U.S. brave Military Working Dogs and their dedicated handlers. This float won the prestigious Past Presidents’ Award!
As the Parade rolled down Colorado Boulevard, with this year’s theme designated as Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, in deference to the famous Dr. Seuss book, it included 42 floral floats, 23 marching bands and 21 equestrian units, the Parade was as spectacular as it was when it first began in 1890. That year the members of Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club staged the Parade.
The Parade has changed immensely since that time when horse-drawn carriages were decorated with brightly colored flowers. Afterward there were foot races and jousts in the town square. As the Parade advanced, other activities, like ostrich races, became a part of the event (per City News Service).
Animals did not necessarily have a place of honor, however, where the Rose Parade was concerned, so these advances are extremely good for pets seeking their forever homes or those that work to keep our nation free. You just never know where these animals will pop up next!