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Get Your Licks on Route 66 with Tour Spokesperson Brandon McMillan

Get Your Licks on Route 66® 7th Annual Cross-Country Pet Adoption Tour Road Journal: Over 1,600 dogs and cats found their new forever homes, plus one goat. By Susan Sims

By Susan Sims

Thank you to Brandon McMillan for serving as our spokesperson for this year’s pet adoption tour. Brandon shares our passion for adoption and through his TV show Lucky Dog, he is able to educate, motivate and lead by example that we all can ‘lend a paw a hand’ to help eliminate the epidemic of homeless pets in America. The following is my travel journal during our seven weeks on the road, helping to save lives, one shelter at a time.

Brandon was featured in an earlier issue of FIDO Friendly magazine and spoke in part about his passion for adoption and raising awareness: “Anyone who thinks shelter dogs are damaged goods, come up and spend a few days with me at Lucky Dog Ranch. That’ll change their mind.

Every year over 1.5 million dogs are euthanized, that’s just in America. People don’t realize the numbers; they don’t realize it’s an epidemic. They think the shelter is like the city dump not realizing it’s actually a place with four pawed treasures.”

September 18, 2015—WEEK ONE

We have already been through Riverside and Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona. It’s been HOT! The heat has kept some folks home but those who have come out to the events are spinning our wheel loaded with prizes from our sponsors and adopting their new best friends!

At the Riverside animal shelter, a woman was there to pick up her lost dog. The dog had been missing three days and has one eye and is blind in that eye. She was so happy to be reunited with her canine companion, it was truly a joy for everyone to see. After she paid the fee for the rescue cost and chip, she was so happy, she donated $10 additional to spin the wheel! So we thought our sponsors wouldn’t mind if we loaded up a goodie bag provided by Petcurean with all the prizes she would need to take home with her beloved pet.

At our kick-off event at the Van Nuys shelter in Los Angeles, California, our spokesperson of the CBS TV series, Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan, was on hand to meet new adoptees, sign autographs and to answer training and behavioral questions. The crew was there to film and footage will be part of an upcoming episode so check your local listings for dates and channels.


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