Sunday, February 13, 2011

Help Tiger World and WIN!

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Diego 7/26/10 - 1/16/11
Regular readers know that I am a huge supporter of Tiger World in Rockwell, NC... and you know the story of how some big cats really stole this crazy dog lady's heart - including the jaguar cubs, Dora and Diego.  Sadly, the entire Tiger World family was devastated when they unexpectedly had to say goodbye to these beautiful babies last month.  Two lives were cut far too short due to an infection that their tiny bodies couldn't fight. After testing and research, the infection has been determined to be a hybrid strain of parvo, first contracted by Diego and then unknowingly passed on to Dora.  The strain comes from wildlife (raccoons, foxes, etc) and the vaccinations were just not able to provide coverage against this mutagenic strain.
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Malia, playing during our visit 10/14/10

Malia, a stunning snow tiger named after the First Daughter, has also contracted the strain of parvo.  However, thanks to an experimental drug made for humans, everyone is happy to report that she is overcoming the infection and doing well!

As you can imagine, Tiger World has accumulated several thousands of dollars in vet bills and could really use our help during this difficult time!  They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity and one of only a handful of accredited zoos in the country that operates without tax support.  

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Dora 7/26/10 ~ 1/22/11
I wanted to come up with a fun way to help Tiger World raise funds, plus spread the word about this wonderful sanctuary/zoo... all while giving you an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes.  After talking to Lea at Tiger World (who so graciously offered up some photo cards, posters and admission tickets for the prize pool), here is what we've come up with....

Tiger World Donation Contest - How to Enter:

1. Make a donation to Tiger World via their website - give whatever you can, whether it be $5, $10, $50... it all adds up.  Your donations will help with the vet bills from the past month, as well as help with Dora & Diego's Memorial

2. Leave a comment here indicating that you have donated to Tiger World

3. Email a copy of your donation confirmation to us (LapdogCreations at AOL dot COM) ** Please feel free to remove any personal information, as well as the actual amount of your donation before forwarding.  If you still have an issue with this step, please email and we'll work to confirm your donation directly with Tiger World. **

That's it - 3 simply steps!  But you must complete all 3 to be entered to winThe deadline is March 6

About the Prizes!  Prizes will be divided up into at least 5 groups, possibly more depending on how many people participate.  Prizes include:
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Diego & I, 10/14/10

*If you enter and there are prizes that you absolutely would not want to win, please let us know in your comment (i.e. "not a knitter" or "no dog items").  That way we're not sending off completely useless prizes to you if you win!

Winners will be choosen by random.... names will be written down and placed into a hat to be drawn.  The amount donated will not affect your odds of winning.  Remember, the deadline is March 6.  Winners will be announced within a day or two after the deadline! 

It's a win-win situation for everyone... you can support a wonderful cause thru a tax deductible donation and have a chance to win some fabulous prizes... and the animals at Tiger World thank you for it!



11 comments:

SleepyEyes said...

Great blog post! Good luck to you on the fundraiser and just let me know the winners and I'll send them their gift! Hope you get a lot of donations ; )

jen said...

Malia is beautiful! Good luck with the contest! It is a terrific idea:)

Bubblesknits said...

Made a donation. : ) I've always had a soft spot for the big kittehs.

Channon said...

What a great way to put your blog where your heart is! Great prizes...

gMarie said...

Yea for you! I made a donation - I was hesitatnt to before with the 'send blaneket receipt'.

Oh - and ya know - even with a houseful of dogs - I'm not much for the dog stuff - my pack is pretty picky. g

Karen said...

I will be more than happy to participate. I know how much the loss of Diego and Dora and saddened you - this is a very thoughtful way of giving back to Tiger World.

Thank you for being the kind soul that you are.

Karen R.

knittinwolf said...

Donated! Also blogged/twittered/facebooked contest!

Channon said...

We wouldn't use the Tiger World passes, or the collar, and we already have tag silencers, but all of the other prizes would be put to good use in the Woods!

I hate Parvo. I don't know if I told you that my sister lost a dog to it back in the early '90s.

grammieb46 said...

Hi Nikkie I just sent a donation off to them

kim said...

done :)
hope this worked

Anonymous said...

Just made my donation to Tiger World. What a great place.

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