Local Organization Collects Stories of Rescued Dogs and Their Families
If you rescued your dog then your pup might just be "America's Favorite Rescued Hero." A local organization called Forever USA is holding a nationwide contest that involves sharing stories of your rescued pets. KTVN Michelle Lorenzo has the story.
A family from Reno is packing up their bags this Summer and hitting the road for a cross-country adventure, but the road trip isn't just for Summer vacation.
Jasen and Christy Arias, along with their two sons Piven and Kemper are looking for a good story, but not just any story. They are traveling thousands of miles, coast-to-coast to find a rescue dog that will be named "America's Favorite Rescued Hero."
The Arias family’s 18-city Furever USA Rescued Heroes Road Tour kicks off on Friday, June 14 from their hometown of Reno, Nevada.
They’ll spend the next 60 days with the hopes of meeting like-minded animal advocates and inspiring people to adopt from reputable rescue groups.
Stories are being sought now for a unique, free contest designed to highlight the importance of rescue dogs and help local animal welfare organizations along the way. Several winners will receive a variety of prizes, including the grand prize of $5,000 grant for a nonprofit animal welfare group of the winner’s choice.
The couple started Furever USA with the goal of sharing happily-ever-after stories through an immersive photographic experience that brings out the very best of their clients’ relationships with their dogs.
“Unlike organizations that use sad images of rescue dogs to make an impact, our goal is to show the joy that rescued dogs bring to their families,” she said. “Ultimately, we want to inspire others to adopt rescue dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds. We also support the rescue community by donating a portion of our fees to local rescue groups.”
“This is a rare chance to share your dog’s story on a national platform,” said Jasen Arias, adding that stories must be submitted online 15 days prior to the family’s arrival in each city. “We’re seeking heartwarming, humorous and inspiring stories that Christy can capture through her creative, artistic lens.”
A schedule of story submission deadlines and tour stops follows (tour date stops are subject to change):
City Stories Due by Midnight: Tour Stop Dates
Los Angeles May 31 June 17-18
Scottsdale June 3 June 20-22
Houston June 10 June 25-27
New Orleans June 12 June 29
Atlanta June 12 July 1
Charleston, SC June 12 July 3
Washington D.C. June 18 July 5-6
Philadelphia June 21 July 8-9
Asbury Park, N.J. June 21 July 11
New York, N.Y. June 26 July 13-15
Boston July 1 July 17-19
Buffalo June 21 July 21-22
Chicago July 7 July 24-25
Kansas City July 9 July 27-29
Denver July 15 July 31
Salt Lake City July 15 August 2
Sacramento July 22 August 4-5
Reno July 23 August 7-9
To submit a story or learn more details, visit https://www.fureverusa.com/roadtrip/. The public is invited to vote for their favorite stories. You can also follow their adventure on Instagram @fureverusa and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FUREVERUSAofficial/
(Furever USA contributed to this report.)