A few months ago, I had an idea. That idea was HelpJoey.com. It stemmed from the fact that my wife, Anne, and my neighbor, Ana, were attempting to solve our own little animal overpopulation problem in our neighborhood. We had a huge feral cat colony residing in our cul-de-sac, our very own microcosmic manifestation of a seriously tragic issue that haunts every corner of our country – an issue that causes nearly 5 million cats and dogs to be sent to shelters each year, where nearly 3 million are euthanized. But Anne and Ana were doing something about it in their own way. After seeing litter after litter of kittens being born (one of these kittens literally almost fell out of a tree and onto my head…which is how James became part of our family), they decided to trap them, take them to get spayed or neutered, and then release them right back where they found them. After they did this to about ten cats, I joked with them and said, “It’s expensive to be responsible, why don’t we just stop them from having sex.” We laughed. But an idea was born.
A few weeks ago, we asked everyone to help us build awareness for our mission to end animal overpopulation by tweeting or updating your facebook status with “#stopchasingtail.” This week, we’d like our fellow pet purity patriots to do something similar. Except now, we want to know how you are helping Joey with his quest to end animal overpopulation. Same kind of deal as before – mad libs for the web. Update your FB status with “I @HelpJoey by…” And then you fill in the blank. Then to be eligible for the prize, repost on our wall.
Here are some examples.
“I @HelpJoey by telling all my friends about spay and neuter.”
“I @HelpJoey by bringing him pizza when he’s on stakeouts.”
“I @HelpJoey by talking to my cat about abstinence.”
“I @HelpJoey by not letting my dog watch Cinemax because I don’t want him to get any ideas.”
They can be as outlandish or as based in reality as you want them to be. Actually the more ridiculous, probably the better. The person with the most Facebook likes on our wall wins a HelpJoey t-shirt, so they can show everyone that they’re indeed helping Joey. Good luck. Have fun. Be creative. End animal overpopulation.
One of the things we’d like our fellow pet purity patriots to do is help us build awareness for the issue at hand, which is the need to get all pets spayed and neutered (this is truly the only way to eliminate the animal overpopulation problem we have in this country). Which is why we’re asking for your help today. Remember those old mad-libs games? Well, this is sort of like that, but for the social media age. We ask the all of our crusaders of kitty and canine chastity to post in their facebook status or tweet...
“I get them to #stopchasingtail by...” And then you fill in the blank.
For instance, “I get them to #stopchasingtail by bribing them with trips to the pet spa.”
Or, “I get them to #stopchasingtail by promising them wet food every meal for a week.”
Or “I get them to #stopchasingtail by telling them to take a cold shower.”
Easy... and yes, we know, a little weird. But hopefully when your friends and followers read this, it will intrigue them and want them to join the mission.
Big, big news. The ASPCA has decided to get behind Help Joey and our mission. This is so awesome because they’ve already done so much to help animals, which makes them the perfect partner. We care a lot about animals. They care a lot. We believe that with their help, we have a better opportunity to get the spay and neuter message to even more people, which will help more animals in the long run.
Animal overpopulation stinks. It’s a huge problem in this country. Too many cats and dogs, and just not enough loving homes to care for them. That’s why we’re doing this whole thing… you know trying to stop all the cats and dogs out there from getting their hump on (it would be a lot easier if more people got their pets spayed or neutered… just saying.) But we can’t do this by ourselves. We need your help. We need you to tell everyone about HelpJoey.com and our “stop chasing tail” mission. We need you to become Ambassadors of Abstinence and Proliferators of Pet Purity, and help us spread the stop humping word. We also need tons, and tons, and tons of “likes” and “followers” to make this campaign a success and change the fate of countless numbers of animals nationwide. So let’s all go out there and break up some animal sex.