"Pets understand humans better than humans do." - Ruchi Prabhu
According to research conducted by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, "...human-animal interactions can reduce anxiety and depression and help protect against a variety of other negative feelings and emotions. Positive human-animal interactions appear to be related to changes in physiological variables in both humans and animals, such as reduced heart rate and blood pressure. Research has demonstrated an association between pet ownership and enhanced social support, emotional well-being and general well-being. Pet ownership has also been found to play a role in helping people manage long-term mental health conditions."
We are celebrating our beloved pets until the end of May/Mental Health Month by raising awareness and funds for the Western NY Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention!
Step 1: Register here as an Individual, Team Captain, or Team Member, and then upload your best photo of your pet(s) below for a chance to win cool prizes!
*Only 1 photo entry per participant. Just click the + sign in the bottom right corner to add your photo! No pet? No worries! You are still eligible to win prizes simply by being one of the top 4 fundraisers!
Step 2: Share your page link and ask family and friends to support you by making a donation.
Need ideas or instructions on how to get the word out? Click >HERE<.
***Need help hyping up your pet for the contest? Local children's book author and AFSP volunteer Sarah Klaiber can help you craft your pet's so they can put their best paw (claw, fin, or tail) forward and rise more funds for AFSP Western NY! Email Sarah HERE to get started.***
Every $1 donated is equal to 1 vote for your pet!
Our top fundraisers/pets will win some fur-tastic prizes:
Pet themed basket ($200 value) - donated in memory of James Rodgers
*Everyone who registers and raises $25 will receive an AFSP Pet Bandana.
*Any individual participant who raises $100 or more will receive a Western NY Paws for Prevention t-shirt.
But it isn't just about a photo contest. Keep scrolling for mental health and suicide prevention resources to bring to your community!
Resources for Those Who Love and Work With Animals
Our Chapter now offers Talk Saves Lives for the Workplace, which is a great 45 minute introduction to suicide prevention to bring to your office, veterinary clinic, etc. Learn about the science behind suicide, risk factors and warnings signs, as well as how to reach out and ask for help or support someone in crisis. Thanks to generous donations, the AFSP Western Chapter can offer this presentation at no cost to anyone interested. Schedule your presentation today by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.