Mother-daughter duo, Joan and Gabby, are raising funds for CorgiPals and Hope For Paws Animal Rescue with their 2015 “Napolean’s Adventures” calendar. The star of the calendar, Napolean, is the quirky and adorable @napoleanthecorgi on Instagram.
The story behind this fundraiser began almost seven years ago when Napolean’s family decided to get a pet. They spent countless hours at animal shelters and researching different dog breeds in hopes of finding their perfect match, but all that went out the window when they met a corgi puppy on a family outing. Wasting no time at all, they found Napolean’s breeder and traveled over 100 miles to bring him home.
Making videos of Napolean performing tricks and posting them on YouTube soon became a fun family hobby, which eventually grew into Napolean having his own Instagram account. But they never imagined that he would gain such a large following. Now they’re putting his “fame” toward a good cause to help dogs in need.
“Although we got Napolean from a responsible breeder, we have always wanted to adopt another dog. There are so many dogs in need of homes, and since we are so fortunate to be in a position to help them, we decided to create this fundraiser,” Joan explains. “Due to the amazing support from other corgi lovers plus the gradual rise in Napolean's fan base, a calendar of his adventures on Instagram seemed like a great way to help raise money.”
The pictures for each month were chosen by Napolean’s Instagram followers, who voted on which pictures they loved best and wanted to be included. As an incentive, his followers were also given the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a package of goodies from Petbox to be sent to their local shelter. Some time this month they will be sending some much needed items to a shelter in Texas!
Because of the organizations’ histories with success stories that were made possible by donations from the public, Joan and Gabby chose CorgiPals and Hope For Paws Animal Rescue as the fundraiser’s donation recipients in hopes of making even more success stories possible. Both are non-profit organizations working to fund payments for much needed veterinarian care and rescue missions. The goal of the calendar fundraiser is to raise €200 in donations, as well as spread more awareness about the importance of these organizations. Joan and Gabby believe that “all dogs deserve a second chance and we can provide them with this chance through donations and support.”
While “Napolean’s Adventures” 2015 Calendar was only available for a limited time, we hope to see Joan and Gabby make this fundraiser an annual event so we can all have Napolean’s smiling face in our homes in 2016!