Spencer’s Bar Mitzvah is coming up and for his Mitzvah Project he decided to use his love of dogs, and his creativity, as the motivation to launch a contest he named the Caring Canine Costume Campaign (CCCC). He’s inviting people to post a photo of their dog dressed up in his or her favorite costume.
The CCCC benefits The Good Dog Foundation which was founded as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1998 and whose mission is to ease human suffering and promote recovery from trauma and stress using animal-assisted therapy services.
The organization brings certified therapy dog teams to nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and community facilities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. They also assist at disaster sites throughout the United States.
Pictured left is Spencer and Sasha as Wonder Dog.
Read on to find out more about this great contest and Mitzvah Project.
MM: Can you give us details about your Mitzvah Project?
SG: People can find the contest on my Caring Canine Costume Campaign Facebook page. You enter by posting a picture of your dog dressed up in costume. Every person who posts a picture is encouraged to make a donation of any size at the Good Dog Foundation’s Website. Posting a picture of your dog makes you eligible to win a prize! The winner is the owner of the dog that looks best/cutest in their costume, as chosen by a panel of judges. The winning photo will be posted on The Good Dog Foundation Website. There is no minimum donation to enter, but we hope you will make a gift. My goal is to raise at least $1,000. Every donation, no matter the size, is meaningful. Because you are donating to the Good Dog Foundation, all gifts are tax-deductible. The important thing is that this is for a great cause, so please dress up your dog and donate today!
MM: Does your project have a start and end date, if so what are they?
SG: The campaign started May 1, 2015, and photos posted until November 1, 2015 will be eligible for the prize. With Halloween coming up, it’s the perfect time to dress up your dog and do good at the same time!
One of the nominees
MM: Why did you decide to take on this particular project?
SG: I love dogs and my whole family lights up when they see our dog, Sasha. She makes us happy and helps us recover from a hard day. When I’m sick and have to stay home from school, she never leaves my side. For my Bar Mitzvah Project, I thought it would be perfect if I could raise money for an organization that uses the healing power of dogs to help people. What better choice is there than the Good Dog Foundation?
MM: In your own words, what does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bar Mitzvah?
SG: I am happy to be doing this Mitzvah Project because I think it’s good to help people who are in need. I love dogs and I thought it would be nice if I could support a cause that involves dogs and people who need help. I thought of therapy dogs which led me to the Good Dog Foundation and the Caring Canine Costume Campaign makes it fun for people to participate.
For more information on The Good Dog Foundation, visit their Website or call them at (888) 859-9992.