Teeny’s Friends applies for Pepsi Refresh Project grant

If you are on twitter, no doubt you know Teeny! (@teenysfriends)  Teeny..errr…Teeny’s Mom Katy,  is trying to win a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.  Since there is only a few weeks left to vote, we wanted to share this information we received from Teeny’s Mom.

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My animal organization, Teeny’s Friends, is in the running to win a $5k grant in the Pepsi Refresh Project. In case you are not familiar with the project, Pepsi gives away $1,300,000 each month to fund “great ideas” that will help make the world a better place. There are 4 categories: $5000, $25,000, $50,000 and $250,000. The public votes on their favorite ideas and the top 10 ideas in each category win the grant money.

It occured to me that I should not ask you to vote for Teeny’s Friends in the Pepsi Refresh contest without telling you WHY you should vote for us:

Reason #1 you should vote for us – Lots of studies have shown that socialized dogs are many times more likely to be adopted from shelters. Many people do not realize what valuable aids toys are in this socialization process. Shelters, often under-staffed and running on tight budgets, do the best they can but many animals are not given the one-on-one attention they need. Having access to toys can make a big difference, and we do our best to provide these toys to as many local organizations as possible [through our monthly toy drives and the sale of our official “one-for-one” toy].

Reason #2 you should vote for us – Many times we raise toys for organizations other than shelters, such as animal sanctuaries. These sanctuaries often house animals with disabilities, disfigurements, or facing end of life issues. These guys certainly deserve a little fun, don’t you think?

Reason #3 you should vote for us – The majority of toys we are able to donate are raised via monthly toy drives at local Austin organizations. We estimate we raised around 400 toys in 2010 alone. The organization is self-funded and run on a volunteer basis part-time. If we won the Pepsi grant money, it would enable us to broaden our reach and provide even more needy dogs with toys.

Reason #4 you should vote for us – This face!

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Voting in the contest ends on January 31st. You can vote on their website [click here] once a day. You can also vote by text messaging 104976 to Pepsi (73774). Teeny and I truly appreciate your support! We’re up against some “big dogs” who have more resources than us, so every vote counts!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email at teenys_friends@yahoo.com!

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