With social media, we all have the ability to help others. The founders of Detroit Dog Rescue know that more than anyone. They were a winner of last years Toyota’s #100CarsforGood—and you can vote now for this years winner.
I love pickups. I always had this fantasy that one day I’d load up my Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with all my stuff, my dog, and a surf board and embark for parts unknown, as long as they had a beach. Growing up in upstate New York, my pickup truck came in handy. In the summer, I was able to load it up with my lawn mower and whatever else I needed and made a killing doing lawns for the people in my hometown who needed a well manicured lawn, but who’s urban dwellings didn’t always make owning a mower a possibility. And in the winter, I could load up six friends and some shovels and get paid for removing snow.
One of my favorite things about my pickup is the versatility, and the fact that you can beat it up, and your truck would actually look BETTER. That’s something you can’t say about most vehicles. That and the pure fun that only a dog owner could know from seeing the joy on your pooch’s face, as he laps in the fresh air from the open window as you drive. My particular beast is a rescue dog named Petey and is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. That’s one reason why I really dig the Detroit Dog Rescue.
Detroit Dog Rescue doesn’t only rescue pit bulls, but like most urban areas there are seem to be a disproportionate number of the breed. Among Detroit’s major socioeconomic issues is a large number of homeless pets. And as many know, once you’ve owned a pup, once you’ve bonded with a dog, you become a different kind of person. I really believe that, and obviously Detroit Dog Rescue’s founders do too.
Founder Monica Martino is an Emmy-nominated Executive Producer for shows like Whale Wars,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “Oprah’s Big Give,” and “Storm Chasers.” In 2010 she began following the stray dogs in Detroit, and created the Discovery Channel series “A Dog’s Life.” When the project was shut down by the city, she reached out Daniel “Hush” Carlisle, a rapper, producer, actor, and Detroit Music Award winner 2009 and 2010. His music credits include “xXx2: State of the Union”, “Need for Speed: Most Wanted” & “The Contender”. Born and raised in Detroit, he has become an activist in the community dedicated to a better Detroit.
Probably one of the most popular social causes on social media, after cat memes of course, seems to be rescue dogs, which is awesome. Nothing demonstrates the incredible ability of social media to bring down the hammer of justice on animal abusers the way social media can. And untold numbers of dogs have been rescued with help from social media. One awesome example of that is Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good, a program where everyday people like you and me can use Facebook to vote on which non-profits we want to receive a brand new Toyota—like Detroit Dog Rescue, who won a Toyota Tacoma in last year’s 100 Cars for Good.
With social media, we have the power to help right in the palm of our hands.
So go to Toyota’s Facebook page and vote. How can you turn down a face like Petey’s?
Written in partnership with Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good
This post is sponsored by Toyota’s philanthropy program 100 Cars for Good. Starting October 1 and ending November 19, do your own good deed by voting for your favorite organizations and causes on the 100 Cars for Good Facebook App.