NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nov. 12, 2015 – Their crimes include stealing hearts, criminal shedding and destroying (i.e. eating) evidence of their crimes.
But the nearly 50 dogs – including Hersh, Ziggy Flash, Jolene and Rinkle – participating in this year’s Tiny But Mighty Fund annual fundraiser have their hearts in the right place.
Instead of stealing shoes, they are helping raise what organizers hope will be $10,000 or more for the Nashville Humane Association.
Many of the dogs are frequently seen on social media when their owners capture particularly cute, and sometimes diabolical, moments. The campaign features mugshots of the dogs along with their alleged crimes and seeks donations from friends and family to “post bail” for the canine offenders.
All the “offenders” can be seen along with their crimes at TinyButMightytFund.com and on Instagram (@TinyButMighytFund). None of the dogs have been contacted by criminal defense attorneys as of yet.
“We are grateful for Tiny But Mighty Fund’s huge support to our mission and their continued support helping homeless animals within the community,” said Joy Beach, executive director of the Nashville Humane Association. “We look forward to our continued partnership and are extremely excited about their upcoming fundraiser.”
This year’s campaign runs through Dec. 13. Companies wishing to make corporate donations can contact organizers at email@example.com.
The fundraiser, now in its third year, honors the spirit of Chico, a miniature Chihuahua that passed away in 2013 from congestive heart failure, and has raised more than $35,000 for animals in need. The fund is a component fund of Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
“The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has welcomed Donors focused on Animal Welfare for over 20 years. The St. Francis Fund for Animals, established in 1995, was our first but many have followed. Their passion and generosity, their effort to raise awareness and money, have made a difference. The Tiny But Mighty Fund may follow these well-worn paw prints, but it leads with next generation skill and creativity, spreading a motivating call to action through it social network.”
– Ellen Lehman, President of The Community Foundation
Chico Award Nominations Open
The Tiny But Mighty Fund organizers are also accepting nominations for the Chico Award, which 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. The honoree will be announced on Jan. 18 and will be given an award and an opportunity to donate $1,000 of the funds raised from the Tiny But Mighty Fundraiser to an animal welfare/rights 501c3 organization of their choice.
Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Megan Barry received the inaugural award this year and selected Bonaparte’s Retreat, which was founded by Emmylou Harris, as the recipient of a Tiny But Mighty grant.
“Pet adoption not only saves the lives of dogs and cats, but also helps to enrich the lives of those who adopt. As the parent of two rescue dogs, Hank and Boris, I’m extraordinarily grateful for the efforts of the Tiny But Mighty Fund to help find loving homes for dogs throughout Nashville.”
– Megan Barry, Mayor of Nashville
“Bonaparte’s Retreat is honored to receive this generous donation from the Tiny But Mighty Fund. And, we are grateful that Chico Award recipient Mayor Megan Barry selected us as the beneficiary. Bonaparte’s Retreat began in memory of my own rescued dog, Bonaparte. That makes us kindred spirits with Marcia Masulla and her “Tiny But Mighty” Chico. I believe that animals transform lives. To honor Bonaparte, Chico, and all the rescued animals who are transforming lives every day, we will continue our work to find loving and forever homes for shelter dogs.”
– Emmylou Harris, Founder of Bonaparte’s Retreat
Tiny But Mighty Advisory Board Appointed
Joining Founding Board Members, Brannon Morton, Marcia Masulla, Renae Morton and Samantha Oaks are eight newly appointed Advisory Board Members: Amy Atkinson – Amy Atkinson Communications, Ana Lee Canto – Lightning 100, Carla Antonelli – Stella Shops, Dr. Craig Prior – Murphy Road Animal Hospital, Miranda Christy – UBS, Mclaine Richardson – Margaret Ellis Jewelry, Stacie Standifer – Southern Sophisticate, and Phil Cobucci – BAM! Social Business
2015 Tiny But Mighty Fund Sponsors
Abi & Monroe, AMP – Advocate Marketing & Print, BAM! Social Business, Claudia Kay Photo, Fifty First Kitchen & Bar, Gruhn Guitars, Lightning 100, Lucien Porter Design Co., Lucy Pop Salon, M Street, Margaret Ellis Jewelry, Oak Street Group of Benchmark Realty, The Trunk, Title Boxing Nashville, Two Men & A Truck Nashville,