Mongrels of the World Calendar 2013

After MOTW’s calendar 2012 succes we decided to create the 2013 calendar to help raise money for a special foundation which shares our belief.

Each month features splendid, original photographs of cute mongrels taken by MOTW founder Juliana Velez and Cindy Amey from The Soi Dog Foundation who kindly donated some pictures to this worthy project. No stock images have been used.

Profits will go to The Soi Dog Foundation, a not-for-profit, legally registered charitable organisation in Thailand. Soi Dog helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs.

It also campaigns against the dog meat trade and MOTW fully backs their work and wants to show support by helping raise funds through the sale of our calendars.

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Mongrels of the World – Our contribution to the doggie world

Mongrels of the World would like to share with you, mongrel lovers, what we have been doing lately to help mongrels around the world.

When we created this blog, a year ago we did it with the aim of just sharing nice pictures and funny stories. But with time we started thinking that we wanted to do something good to help struggling dogs.

For this reason we designed a 2012 calendar which we sold to raise funds for Soi Dog, an organisation in Thailand which helps neglected dogs.

The sale of the calendars was a succes and we managed to raise £455/$715 profit in the US and the UK which we sent to them.

Soi Dog have acknowledged this here:

Working for all the Mongrels of the World

Also, thanks to our beloved Macedonian friend Maya Epstein and her lovely dog Maxi Epstein, MOTW came across an organisation in Macedonia called Anima Mundi. We suggested to them to use the MOTW 2012 calendar to raise funds.

After translating the calendar into Macedonian and struggling to find a printer in Macedonia, Maya and Maxi kindly donated 100 calendars to them which they sold succesfully.

Here are some words from Anima Mundi:

As the first calendar featuring homeless dogs to be ever printed in Macedonia, it attracted a great deal of attention and helped change public perceptions of the homeless animals. Through the wonderful photographs, the calendar told the story of the lives of homeless animals over the world, highlighting the desperate need of these poor souls for a warm home where they will be loved and cared for.

With the help from the sales of the calendars we managed to collect funds to provide treatment and food for many street dogs as well as few cats – some of which are featured in the photographs below.

So along with the pictures of some of the animals that received a second chance in life due to your generosity, we express our gratitude to you – Juliana, Maya as well as to all other friends to MOTW, for having shown that where there is genuine, enduring and sincere desire, the possibilities to lend a hand to others are endless.

Enormous thanks from the animal lovers of Macedonia and the activists for protection of animals, Anima Mundi.

Letter from Anima Mundi in Macedonia

Mongrels of the World feel extremely happy for having helped the street dogs of Thailand and Macedonia. This doesn’t stop here. We want to keep working on ideas to raise money for more organisations around the world. Without you mongrel lovers this could not have been possible.

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Should more offices allowed dogs?

Nowadays more and more offices are realising the benefits of allowing dogs in the workplace.

A recent study from Central Michigan University revealed that benefits include increased morale and productivity, happier employees, lower absenteeism rates, and even improved relationships among co-workers.

MOTW recently visited the Huffington Post/AOL offices in London where lucky employees are allowed to bring their dogs into work.

Tilly at the Huffington Post/AOL offices in London

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Thanks to Sophy New Yorkers look forward to crossing the roads every day

These days New Yorkers have the pleasure of being helped by a mongrel to cross the street. Sophy a German Shepherd labrador mix, has the duty of  leading the way as kids cross a busy road. She and her owner, Clifford Mealy, are the Greenwich School District’s newest crossing guards. Equipped with her own stop sign Sophy carrys it proudly while kids follow her to reach the sidewalk harmless and happy.

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The beauty of the Colombian canine mixed races

For Mongrels of the World it is always a pleasure travelling to Colombia and seeing the huge amount of mongrels living on the streets of the capital city as well as the countryside. Although the street dogs represent a problem in some areas of the country the majority of them look in very good shape and people seem to look after them. It is also becoming more popular for people in this part of the world to adopt a street dog. We came across many people who had decided to share their lives with a struggling animal and were very pleased with all the love and happiness the street dog brought into their lives. We are looking forward to going back to this beautiful country and hearing some more nice stories of people adopting mongrels.

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Mongrels of the World 2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Merry Christmas from all the mongrels of the world

Merry Christmas to all our lovely readers. We hope we can continue raising the voice for those that cannot speak for themselves and making the world a better place for our four legged friends. Best wishes and all the best for the year to come from Mongrels of the World.

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