April 6, 2011

White Dog Wonderful World Wednesday.

White Dog has noticed that many in the Blogworld proudly carry the FreeKibble Link Badge on their sidebars. But how many know that this site which has donated over 470 million pieces of kibble to shelter dogs and cats is the brainchild of a 14-year-old from Bend, Oregon?

In 2007, inspired by an online game called Freerice.com (which rewards correct answers to general information questions with rice to help end world hunger), Mimi Ausland developed the concept of FreeKibble.com to help animals. She created a sister site, FeeKibbleKat.com which feeds shelter cats. Mimi’s expectations were not high; she had only one goal in mind: “I wanted to feed some of the animals at the Humane Society of Central Oregon, where I volunteer.” She expected friends, family, and her community to play.

In April, 2008, FreeKibble.com went live and within three months 1000 people were playing daily. Today, 53,000 play FreeKibble.com daily while another 47,000 test their knowledge at FreeKibbleKats.com. There are people from 137 countries who play. Since it’s inception, over 357 TONS of food has been donated.

Mimi still writes all of the questions used on both sites and says her biggest thrill is seeing the food delivered to the animals. “It makes me realize how much of a difference FreeKibble.com is making, especially when I see the faces of the animals we are helping,” she says. And this is not all Mimi does for shelter animals. Last summer, she spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to the President urging the creation of a national adopt-a-shelter-pet day. She has also created the FreeKibble.com Foundation, which encourages kids to get involved with shelter animals. Further down the road she hopes to open her own animal sanctuary.

“So many animals need our help,” Mimi says, “The smallest things, whether it is opening a lemonade stand and donating the proceeds to a shelter or playing FreeKibble.com can make the biggest difference.”

White Dog, The Other White Dog, Another White Dog, and Still Another White Dog think that as long as there are people, especially the next generations, who care as passionately as Mimi does that we have plenty of reason to hope and to believe the World is a Wonderful Place.

Excerpted from Karen Asp’s article, Food Network, in March/April 2011 Best Friends magazine.


Amber DaWeenie said...

That's a wonderful idea. It's good to know that so many people care.

Mr. Pip said...

There's always hope! Being part of the pet blogging community gives me hope every day - such wonderful, thoughtful, and caring people, dogs, cats, etc.

Your pal, Pip

Asta said...

Hoomans like Mimi give all of us hope .thank you fow featoowing hew and hew genewous heawt.
Sometimes it seems like thewe is too much pain in the wowld, and then we heaw of wondewful things like this. i have been playing this game all my life wif mommi
I love all you white doggies and youw hoomans
smoochie kisses

Teddy Bear said...

What a great way to paw it forward. We love the idea and will definitely visit www.freekibble.com

Teddy Bear

Stella said...

We play the game every morning first thing! We think of Mimi with real pride, too.


Brian said...

Yes, yes, yes, wonderful she is, and the world is full of wonderful ones, we just don't hear about the often enough!

Remington said...

That is so cool!

Kari in WeHo said...

we heard about her a year or two ago and are in awe :)


Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

Yay to humans who do great things for us pups, and kitties, and others! :-> Sweet story, and happy to hear that so many shelter animals are being helped.


p.s. A road runner?! That sounds pawsome! And I would sure get a good workout chasing one around!

Ginger Jasper said...

I hadnt heard off it but have now and will go check it out. There are some very good people in thiss world and everytime we read of another it makes the heart sing. Hugs GJ x

5puggums2mamasanddadandhiscat said...

Hi Siku, Quinn, Puff, & Nuka!
Wesa yousa furiends the Slimmer Puggums and we noticed that we did not have yousa alls snail mail addy in our Bloggy Furiends Address Book. It is just for us'uns but makes getting out cards and packages to our furiends so much easier.
Please send yousa snail mail addy to our mama at mindyslimmer AT gmail DOT com.
Much luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, and Mimi

Sagira said...

Wow, that is so neat. I always say if we could just get each person to do one good deed a day it would be a better place.

KB said...

That's an inspiring story! Thanks for sharing. You're right - stories like that make me feel like something really good is simmering in our world!

ForPetsSake said...

What a wonderful program from such an amazing young woman! I will definitely check this site out.