WASHINGTON: The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is working with Patrick McDonnell, the creator of the Mutts comic strip and an HSUS board member, to up awareness of animal shelters through a "Super Shelter Stories" contest.
The contest invites people to submit stories about the good work and community resources found at local animal shelters. McDonnell will select the top entry and feature the story in his comic strip during the HSUS-sponsored National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week in November.
As the July 29 deadline for submitting a story approached, the HSUS had received more than 100 entries for the contest, according to VP of communications Nicholas Braden. The organization has promoted the contest through press releases, a link on the Mutts website, member newsletters, and its network of nine regional offices.
"We needn't do as much outreach as we would on something like cockfighting, dog-fighting, or some of the major public-policy issues we deal with," he said.