TINY BUT MIGHTY FUND LAUNCHES ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR NASHVILLE HUMANE ASSOCIATION WITH ASSISTANCE FROM NASHVILLE’S MOST MISCHIEVOUS PETS
Nashville Animal Welfare Organization Leverages Social Media to Raise Donations
Their crimes include breaking into the treat bank, stealing blue suede shoes and unlawful impersonation of a cat.
But over 40 dogs and a couple of sneaky cats are participating in the fifth annual Tiny But Mighty Fund fundraiser have their hearts in the right place as they are helping raise what organizers hope will be $20,000 for the Nashville Humane Association. Many of the dogs are frequently seen on social media when their owners capture particularly cute, and sometime diabolical, moments. The campaign features mug shots of the pets – known aliases of some include Clyde, Zelda, Gigi, Mufasa and Ringo – along with their alleged crimes and are seeking donations from friends and family to “post bail” for the canine offenders.
“ Our Tiny But Mighty mission leverages humor, social media and just plain cuteness to raise funds to support animals that truly need help,” said Tiny But Mighty Fund founder Marcia Masulla. “This campaign is based on fun, friendship and the love of pets to achieve its goals. It’s fantastic to be involved with something so positive – and vital.”
All the “offenders” can be seen along with their crimes at TinyButMightyFund.com and on Instagram (@TinyButMightyFund). None of the dogs have been contacted by criminal defense attorneys as of yet.
“Nashville Humane Association is so very grateful for Tiny But Mighty Fund’s HUGE support to our mission and their continued support to helping homeless animals within our community. We look forward to our continued friendship and partnership with this amazing organization. We are also extremely excited about this creative and fun “NASHVILLE’S MOST WANTED” felonious fundraiser, too. So please donate bail money today and let’s get ALL of these delinquent dogs (and a couple of corrupt cats) out of jail!” – Kenneth Tallier, Director of Public and Media Relations, Nashville Humane Association
This year’s campaign runs from today through Dec. 7. Companies wishing to make corporate donations can contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fundraiser, now in its fifth year, honors the spirit of Chico, a miniature Chihuahua that passed away in 2013 from congestive heart failure, and has raised more than $80,000 for animals in need. The fund is a component fund of Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
"The online campaigns put forward by the Tiny But Mighty Fund are award-winning and inspirational. They have done an incredible job recruiting families with 4-legged members to participate in a fun and lively campaign. Underlying all of the playfulness are the serious and important issues the tiny But MIGHTY Fund addresses in its grantmaking from promoting adoption and spay/neutering initiatives and preventing cruelty and inhumane treatment of animals. Every donation to this year’s Nashville’s Most Wanted Campaign will provide important financial resources for these important community issues.” – Amy Fair, Director of Donor Services, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Each year, the Tiny But Mighty Fund organizers also recognize an outstanding individual who contributes to the welfare, brings awareness, assists in the prevention of animal cruelty, and/or raises funds for animals in our community with the Chico Award. This honoree is recognized with an award and an opportunity to donate $1,000 to an animal welfare/rights 501c3 organization of their choice. Mayor Megan Barry with Bonaparte's Retreat and Emmylou Harris with Crossroads Campus are previous recipients of the Chico Award and Tiny But Mighty Fund grants.
We are pleased to announce that the honorees of the 2017 Chico Award are Logan & Ashley Ryan of the Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation. This organization partners with animal welfare organizations around the world promoting adoption and offering grants and educational opportunities to better the lives of animals. RARF's founding program, Ryan's Monthly Rescue, uses founder Logan Ryan's status as an NFL player to promote difficult-to-adopt dogs on social media. RARF also provides monetary grants to areas of animal welfare that are often overlooked, such as training and behavior modification for shelter dogs.
"The Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation is honored that our founders, Logan & Ashley Ryan, are the recipients of the 2017 Chico Award. We would like to thank the Tiny But Mighty Fund for recognizing the work Logan and Ashley have done to improve the lives of displaced animals throughout the country. This grant will help our organization in our efforts to promote adoption and help improve the adoptability of shelter dogs. We will continue to work with the Tiny But Mighty Fund in their efforts to celebrate the unbreakable bond between pets and their humans!"
– Logan & Ashley Ryan, Founders of Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation