Monday, October 21, 2013

• Costumes and Compassion
In 2013, Americans are expected to spend $330 million on Halloween costumes for pets.

That is a lot of money.

Here's a crazy, crazy idea. Stick with me, OK? Imagine that for every dollar they spend on a costume, people donate a dollar to an animal shelter.

I'm going to say it again: Spend $10 for fairy wings for your bulldog, write a $10 check to a bulldog rescue.

Are you with me? That would be . . . $330 million dollars donated to animals!

You don't have enough to donate because you spent so much on a Superman cape for your hamster? Translation: You'd rather spend that money on groceries or Starbucks or Netflix or toilet paper. So would I. But if you can afford $10 for a pet costume, you can afford to help pets in shelters that need food or medication. You can save their lives.

I'm not a grinch. I love pets in costumes. But when I heard that we in the U.S. will spend $330 million dollars to accessorize our dachshunds with a hot dog bun, I was disturbed.

If you fashioned a costume from things you found around the house, you're excused from this challenge. But if you bought so much as a bow tie for your dog, would you challenge yourself? Make a real difference in an animal's life.

Who's with me?


  1. I think this is a wonderful idea! I'm trying to convince mom to skip the costume entirely & just donate the money (that way I could avoid the costume thing!) Seems like a Win-Win to me.


    1. Thank you, Garth. Can you imagine $330 million for animal sheters? And what if people did the same thing at Christmas and Easter? So many lives could be improved and saved.