3 Awesome Pet Adoption Commercials

No longer relegated to slow-motion shots of caged puppies over a Sarah McLachlan soundtrack, pet adoption PSAs are getting artsy, clever, hip, and yes, even viral.

Here’s one from the ASPCA with ABC News’s Dan Harris, starring his shelter cat:

Regardless of what you think of dubstep, appropriating the Hovercat meme was pretty clever.

This spot from the San Francisco SPCA features enough fake fur suits to make a furry convention happy, a clever tune, and an anti-puppy mill message:

The Shelter Pet Project did a whole series of spots with human voiceovers and adorable adoptable animals – this one’s probably my favorite:

Do you think the high production value commercials help get more animals into loving homes? Or would you prefer your donations to pet rescue organizations go to caring for animals directly?

3 Lessons You Should Learn From Your Dog

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Not a day goes by that I don’t envy and admire my dog a little. Not just because he gets to sleep all day and doesn’t have to work – he also embodies many of the characteristics and behaviors I aspire to, and struggle with.

Here’s some of what Jake reminds me to to:

Live in the moment

Jake isn’t obsessed with the past, or neurotically planning the future. He doesn’t have insomnia (at least as far as I can tell). Like the Buddhists, he lives in the moment, enjoying the now instead of regretting the past or obsessing about the future.

My lesson: Put down the smartphone, and look at the clouds, the grass, the piece of ball fluff hanging from Jake’s mouth.

Jake with ball fuzz stuck in his teeth

Play

There’s almost never a time when Jake doesn’t want to play. Meanwhile, there’s almost never I time that I’m not whipsawing between feeling guilty for not playing with him more and irritation that he’s putting his toys in my lap again. Can’t you see I’m screwing around on Facebook, dog? I always feel better when I do play, yet I am convinced that adults shouldn’t.

My lesson: When someone asks me to play, play. They may not ask again.

Be open

Jake likes pretty much everyone. The mailman who delivers to our office is one of his favorites, and it seems like every time we visit an off-leash park he makes a new friend. Recently, one of those friends was a spectacularly blue-eyed mutt with an owner wearing big dark sunglasses and a hoodie. I was apprehensive at first, but as our dogs played together, we chatted and I found out she and I had a lot in common!

My lesson: Looks can be deceiving, and people can have a lot more to offer than what you see on the surface. It’s worth taking the time to find out.

What lessons have you learned from you dog? What inspires you about your pets?