Introducing ‘The Twelve Days of Dewey’: 12 ways to help pets, starring Dewey the Library Cat

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Each week, we’ll be listing more great ways you can help pets.
Learn more about Dewey’s story

With the holidays just around the corner, we’ve partnered with the publishers of the new children’s book Dewey’s Christmas at the Library to count down 12 easy ways to help homeless pets.

If you haven’t heard of Dewey, he’s the star of the bestselling book Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron, about an orange kitten abandoned in the book-return slot of the public library in Spencer, Iowa, on a freezing winter morning.

Myron, then the library director, found the kitten, named him Dewey Readmore Books and made him the mascot of the library, where he was beloved by staff and patrons for 19 years.

In Dewey’s honor, Petfinder and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will be counting down the Twelve Days of Dewey each week until Christmas (see the full list and download a Twelve Days of Dewey poster here). Here are the first two:

12) Commit to
donating to a shelter for TWELVE months.
Help homeless pets year-round by making a promise to donate money or
supplies to a shelter or rescue group once a month for an entire year. It doesn’t have to be much — every little bit helps pets in need. Find an animal shelter near you.

11) Tweet ELEVEN adoptable pets
for Tweet a Pet Tuesday.
Love Twitter? Use it to help pets! Just post a link to a pet’s profile on Petfinder with the hashtag #TweetAPetTues. You could be responsible for helping a pet find his or her forever home! (Learn more about #TweetAPetTues.)


Next week we’ll offer two more ways to help pets from the Twelve Days of Dewey. Have more ideas? Share them in the comments below.

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