"Adopt A Shelter Pet" Blog Hop

Welcome to Cooking With Cricut and our "Adopt A Shelter Pet" Blog Hop! October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and we wanted to pay homage to all our furry friends.  So we decided to dedicate our October Blog Hop to helping bring awareness to the plight of millions of homeless, abused and/or abandoned animals in community shelters nationwide. 
Did you know . . .
  • Approximately 5-7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year and approximately 3-4 million are euthanized due to a lack of space or resources to adequately care for them (60% of dogs and 70% of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control.
  • Less than 2% of cats and only 15-20% of dogs are returned to their owners.  Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
  • Twenty-five percent of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  • Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered; 75% of owned pets are neutered.
  • It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the US; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  • About 63% of all households in the United States have a pet.  About 75 million dogs and about 85 million cats are owned in the United States.
  • The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising a puppy or kitten for one year.
(These facts are from the aspca.org web site - 2007 Figures.)

So, give your furry friend a treat and a hug and join us as we salute our pets!  And if you don't have a furry friend . . . please consider giving a shelter pet a loving home!

Now it's your turn! Link up your purr-fectly wonderful pet-themed project at CookingWithCricut.com. Here are a few guidelines:
  • Must follow the challenge topic. Pet related or Have a "pet" type animal on the project.
  • Must be a NEW project for this challenge. No back dated posts please.
  • Must have a link back to this post on your blog.
  • Must link your project post through Inlinkz and not just your blog.
  • Must use your Cricut OR Other Die Cutting Machine in some capacity.
  • Must have FUN!
  • You may gladly combine challenges . . . we love to pile it on TOO!
You have until midnight on Wednesday, October 26, to link up your pet-themed project.  Winners will be announced on Friday, October 28 during our weekly challenge winner's post.

WhooHoo!  Now for the blog candy!! 

For Everyone Digital Stamps & Cutting Files!
FREE  Puppy Digital Stamp Pre-Colored and B-W Line Art in jpg.

FREE Kitty Digital Stamp Pre-Colored and B-W Line Art in jpg.

FREE  Kitty Cutting File

FREE Puppy Cutting File

 Be sure to get these while you can they will only be free and available until Sunday night, October 23rd midnight, est.

The Design Team will pick their three favorites from the projects that are linked up -- each will receive . . .

One lucky person will be chosen randomly from the entries linked up to win . . . 

PLUS one lucky person who leaves us some love (a comment) here on the CWC blog will also receive a $20 gift voucher-download from PaperCraftingWorld.com  -- one catch . . . those leaving comments MUST be a CWC follower to be eligible to win.  

That's $55 Dollars Worth Of Prizes!!!
Now, head on over and see Mindy at Scrappy and Piggy and check out what she has cooked up for you!
And should you lose your way, here are all the stops in our hop!
Melin-CWC http://www.CookingWithCricut.com (You are here!)

Thanks so much for joining us today!  And we hope you enjoy the hop!

~ CWC Design Team


  1. Thank you CWC designers for such a wonderful hop!

  2. Wonderful files. Thank you so much!

  3. thanks for the candy!

    -- dalis

  4. Thanks for the great files and the wonderful hop!


  5. Thank you for sharing these. Everyday I LOVE my shelter kitty!

  6. Loe, Love, Love the blog candy!!! This is such a fun blog hop and it is so dear to my heart!!!

  7. Thank you for the freebies, we have had several "shelter" pets over the years! and all neutered!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing these...they are adorable!!

  9. My family has adopted several pets from Shelters. We love our shelter pets. They become our family. Thanks for the freebies. I can't wait to make something for the challenge.

    Hugs, Sheena

  10. gorgeous! I have adopted cats in the past from shelters and a dog. So now I have a dog and 2 cats, 2 chickens and a worm farm. That's enough pets for now.

    One cat I have had for 15 years and he was just about to be put down when I adopted him! I have had 15 wonderful years with him ... and hope to have many more.

  11. Just finished the hop....GREAT projects everyone!! I recently adopted Lucy and have Tiny (maltipoo) and Moto (Shar-pei) ~CWC DT Gaby

  12. The Blog team have such great imaginations Thanx for sharing guys it was fun to learn abit about you & your 4 legged family members Val...

  13. Thank you for all the projects and wonderful cut files.

  14. Thanks for a fun hop. I have a rescued dog. She was left in a house

  15. Thank you for the files. Just awesome and this is such a worthy cause. Thanks for the chance to win. annadowdy at gmail dot com

  16. Thank you for the free file. I can't believe I almost missed this hop. I love animals, time to get hopping.


  17. Shelter pets can be the best pets ever! LOL. Thanks for sharing your files and spreading the word about such a great cause! I'm a long time follower. :-)

  18. What a great idea for a hop!! And thank you so much for the free files!! I'm off to see all the fabulous projects :)


  19. This so awesome thank you for all the wonderful shares.

  20. Thank you for the wonderful hop! It was such a joy and I am thrilled I was finally able to hop along. :o) Beautiful job by all of the designers!

    Hugs and blessings! :o)


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