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Move over Oscars! Tell Animal Planet to host the Pawscar Awards and raise awareness about animal rescue

Now that the Oscar nominees have officially been announced, excitement is building for the big event. I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is following all the celebrity buzz around the awards. But my bigger passion is my love for dogs and cats and helping rescued animals find happy homes. Here's my idea to combine both.

Have you seen Animal Planet's hilarious and adorable annual special, the Puppy Bowl? Every year before the Super Bowl, Animal Planet airs a special where they have dogs, cats, birds and other animals (this year even hedgehogs!) that are up for adoption play a game of football. Sure it's a little silly, but it's also a great way to spread the word about animal adoption and the work that rescuers like me do to help animals -- and they have a great success rate of helping the animals in the special find happy homes. I'm a big fan of the show and I know I'm not alone.

The Oscars are another great opportunity to raise awareness about the great work that animal rescue groups do and to actually place homeless animals in loving homes. Wouldn't you love to watch an Oscars Pre-Show on Animal Planet? Who wouldn't want to see cute adoptable pups and kittens walking the red carpet and even acting out some of our favorite movie scenes of the year? Additionally, this year, there have been some sad examples of animals not being treated properly in film and TV production. Animal Planet could even celebrate some of the film industry leaders who have taken a high road in their treatment of animal stars.

So if you want to help animals find homes, educate the public about the hard work of animal rescue and shelter organizations and see something truly adorable, join me in asking Animal Planet to air an Oscars Puppy Pre-Show this February!

This petition was delivered to:
  • President and General Manager, Animal Planet Media
    Marjorie Kaplan
  • Senior Vice President, Communications, Animal Planet
    Patricia Kollappallil
  • Director, Communications, Animal Planet
    Tahli Kouperstein
  • Director, Publicity, Animal Planet
    Karin Failla
  • Publicist, Animal Planet
    Jared Albert
  • Publicist, Animal Planet
    Matthew Windsor
  • Manager, Social Media and Strategy, Animal Planet
    Grace Suriel

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