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Have you heard about the annual Shiba Prom? Shiba Prom is a volunteer nonprofit organization of Shiba Inu owners and enthusiasts united together for charitable purposes. Started in 2012, a group of passionate people teamed up to develop the first Shiba Prom which took place as a virtual fund raiser in June 2012. Their mission is focused on ending the unnecessary suffering of Shiba Inus (and mixes) that have been abandoned, neglected, or denied adequate medical care due to lack of funding. The pilot year was an amazing success with nearly 200 animals (and their people) participating online to raise over $4,000 for five animal rescues.
In 2013, the second virtual Shiba Prom was held. It was even bigger and more amazing than 2012. The 2013 Shiba Prom raised over $22,000 for 11 rescues. Seriously, wow! No prom is complete without a dance party, and each year we hit the virtual dance floor to bust our moves to the tunes provided by pawsome DJs. In 2013, the Shiba Prom Committee even gave me an honorable mention for being the Shiba Strut Queen on the dance floor. (My Shiba Prom 2013 highlights)
Fast forward to June 28, 2014, and the third Shiba Prom had over 285 attendees (meowies can attend too). The event was an 8 hour online party that featured dancing, fun contests, gift baskets, cool prom swag, and voting for the Prom King and Queen. A team of 3 different DJs played the rockin tunes on the dance floor throughout the day/night- David Bowie the dog, DJ Zeus Ruper, and the Evil Firefox Flygirls. Building off of the momentum and success of the first two years, the 2014 Shiba Prom hit truly unprecedented success with over $42,000 raised in net proceeds. Total BOW WOW WOW!
While you don't need a "date" to attend the prom, each year I've attended with my bestie Prince Zuko. If you aren't following him yet, be sure to check him out. Not only is he a cool California shiba (like me) but he serves as the official barktender at the prom. Don't know what I mean? Well, you better stay tuned for the 2015 Prom to find out what it's all about. Oh, and about that dancing I'm known for? Yep, the pawsome Prom Committee recognized my fancy foot work and dance moves again in 2014 with the "Booty Pop" award. *Paws in the air* I hope you join next year because it sure feels good to help so many shibas!
Check out some great rescues that are always in need of your support:
Animal Guardian Network (www.animalguardiannetwork.org)
Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue (www.coloradoshibainurescue.org)
DC Shiba Inu Rescue (www.dcsir.org)
Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (www.shibarescue.org)
NW Shibas4Life Rescue (www.shibas4life.us)
NYC Shiba Rescue (www.nycshibarescue.org)
Safe Harbor Animal Rescue (www.safeharboranimalrescue.org)
Saving Shibas (www.savingshibasinc.org)
Shiba Inu Rescue Association (www.savingshibas.com)
Shiba Inu Rescue of Florida (www.shibainurescueflorida.org)
Shiba Inu Rescue of Texas (www.sirtx.org)
Shiba Rescue of New Jersey (www.shibarescuenj.org)
SoCal Shiba Inu Rescue (www.shibainurescue.org)
TriState Shiba Inu Rescue (www.tristateshiba.org)
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