Lucky the TurfMutt is a former street dog turned superhero who got a new "leash" on life when he was saved from a busy Indiana roadway by Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). Now, TurfMutt "paws it forward" as the official spokesdog for OPEI's environmental education and stewardship program for kids in grades K-5 and their families. Not only does TurfMutt tout the benefits of living landscapes, he also supports rescue organizations like Petfinder, which is sponsoring "Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month" in November.
“I know from my involvement with the hit TV show Lucky Dog that older dogs are often overlooked by prospective pet parents, which means longer stays at the shelter or worse,” says Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). Dottie (left), is a senior dog who was rescued from a Los Angeles, California shelter. She gets along well with Lucky the TurfMutt (right). Both were adopted by Kiser."I know first paw how cool it is to add a senior pet to the pack," says Lucky. "My human friend, Kris adopted my sister Dottie from a tough LA neighborhood shelter when she was 12 years old. I want to encourage anyone looking to add a furry friend to their family to consider a senior dog."
Senior pets (those about seven years and up, depending on their size) end up at the shelter for many heartbreaking reasons, including an owner's death, a move, or changes to the family dynamic.
"I know from my involvement with the hit TV show Lucky Dog that older dogs are often overlooked by prospective pet parents, which means longer stays at the shelter or worse," says Kiser. "But I can tell you from our experience rescuing Dottie – the oldest dog ever adopted in the history of Lucky Dog – that there are many great reasons to consider bringing an older pet into your family."
Here are the top five reasons Lucky and Kiser say senior pets like Dottie are top dogs.
Learn more about TurfMutt at www.turfmutt.com.
TurfMutt was created by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute's (OPEI) Research and Education Foundation and has reached more than 68 million children, educators and families since 2009. Through classroom materials developed with Scholastic, TurfMutt teaches students and teachers how to "save the planet, one yard at a time." TurfMutt is an official USGBC® Education Partner and education resource at the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Apple, the Center for Green Schools, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project, Climate Change Live, Petfinder and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. TurfMutt's personal, home habitat also is featured in the 2017 and the upcoming 2018 Wildlife Habitat Council calendars.
SOURCE Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
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