Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fight domestic abuse! Enter to win a purple Sherpa #purplepurse

What does it mean to be economically secure as a pet owner?

It means that when you want to go out and buy your pet food, you can do it without asking permission.

If you want to pick up a new toy for your pet, no problem.

If you pet needs a vet appointment, you can schedule one and pay for it.

And if you need to live on your own, you can afford the pet deposit in your rented home.

For domestic abuse survivors, little of this is possible.

The #PurplePurse campaign raises awareness of the kind of domestic abuse we rarely think about: economic abuse. When your abuser controls the purse strings, how are you to get out of your situation.

And Harbor House of Central Florida is hosting a raffle to win a brand new purple Sherpa pet carrier, donated by Quaker Pet Group. Read on to find out more.

Carol Wick, CEO of Harbor House of Central Florida, Orlando's domestic abuse shelter, said many people who come to them have little more than the clothes on their back.

Eighty-five percent of women who come to a domestic abuse shelter reported pet abuse in their home. Harbor House is one of the few shelters in the country to have an on-site kennel for pets. Many of these pets come without necessary vet care.

There is already a fund set up for that: Marvin's Fund. But Harbor House also has a fund for people who leave the shelter and want to find a pet-friendly place to live. This fund helps pay for pet deposits.

That's why Harbor House is raffling off a purple (actually plum) Sherpa bag! It's the Sherpa Original Deluxe Pet Carrier, a soft-sided carrier, great for cats or dogs. It's also airline approved.

The Sherpa is valued at $69.99. But from now until Oct. 1, you can enter our $10 raffle to win this bag!

The #PurplePurse campaign is a national fundraiser by AllState. Shelters across the country are raising money and competing to win prizes. So please help Harbor House by donating $10 to help a domestic abuse survivor take their beloved pet to a new home. Enter today!

PS: Don't need a Sherpa? You can still help!

Harbor House is also hosting a $25 raffle for one of two purple handbags! One is a purple Coach bag. Then for an additional $10, you can enter to win a purple purse specially designed by actress Kerry Washington (Scandal) for this campaign. It's a $25 entry fee for the raffle. Please enter today!


Purple Purse Raffle- The Sherpa Pet Carrier Raffle will take place online from Sept. 25th at 12:00 p.m. through Oct. 2 at 12:00 p.m. Each donation of $10.00 to our online CrowdRise fundraising page is worth one raffle ticket. All donations must be entered by Oct. 2 at 12:00 p.m. to be entered into the raffle. The winner will receive a Sherpa Original Deluxe Pet Carrier valued at $69.99. The winner will be contacted by phone following the conclusion of the raffle on  Oct. 2 to arrange to receive their prize.
Official Rules:
1.) Raffle Ticket Acquisition: Each donation of $10.00 is worth one raffle ticket. The donation must be completed online through CrowdRise.
2.) Eligibility: The raffle is open to anyone who donates online between September 25th at 12:00 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 12:00 p.m. Employees and Board Members of Harbor House are not eligible to enter.
3.) Timing: The raffle beings at 12:00 p.m. on September 25 at 12:00 p.m. and ends on October 2 at 12:00 p.m.
4.) How to Enter:  No entry limit per person. To enter, complete the donation form on Harbor House of Central Florida’s Purple Purse Challenge CrowdRise page Correctly complete the official donation form and enter as directed. On the official donation form, all required information fields must be fully and accurately completed.
5.) Prize: The following prize will be awarded: One (1) Sherpa Original Deluxe Pet Carrier. The prize must be accepted as awarded. No cash or any other substitution may be made.
6.) Notification:  Winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the online raffle on October 2 at 5 p.m.

I am not being compensated for this campaign. I am spread the word about efforts to fight domestic abuse in my community. All opinions are my own.

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