Injured dogs and cats that have been abandoned, are strays, or who belong to the homeless or to lower-income women and children in transition will benefit every time someone downloads a FREE alternative greeting card on http://www.sharonashwood.com/.
Each card offers unique and fun sentiments related to paranormal romance author Sharon Ashwood’s most recent book, SCORCHED. For example: “Chestnuts SCORCHED on an open fire. Hell hounds nibbling at your nose… Here’s hoping your Christmas is fiendishly merry!”
For every card downloaded, Ashwood, a native of Victoria, Canada, will donate 54 cents, Canadian, to the Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders (GVAC). All donations will help defray veterinary costs for one of GVAC’s injured pets. Once that animal’s expenses have been covered, all donations from Ashwood’s program will then go toward the health care costs of another dog or cat. The author says she settled on 54 cents as the donation amount because that’s the current cost for a Canadian first-class postage stamp.
Since GVAC is run completely by volunteers and has no shelter or facilities to maintain (the strays and abandoned pets either live in “foster homes” while waiting to be adopted or are boarded at a veterinary hospital while healing), 100% of all donations to GVAC are used for direct costs related to the animals’ care. Read more about this terrific organization at: http://www.animalcrusaders.ca/.
Ashwood selected GVAC as beneficiary for the donations because she’s a long time animal lover. In fact her own beloved pet, The Demon Lord of Kitty Badness, was a rescue animal.
Author of The Dark Forgotten series, which began with RAVENOUS (February 2009, Signet Eclipse) and continues with SCORCHED (Dec. 1, 2009, Signet Eclipse), Ashwood is offering three alternative greeting cards on her site: one each for Christmas, warm winter wishes and Valentine’s Day.
At least one of these cards will be available for download from Nov. 16, 2009, through Feb. 28, 2010: Christmas and warm winter wishes Nov. 16 – Dec. 25; warm winter wishes and Valentine’s Day Dec. 26 – Feb. 14; warm winter wishes only Feb 14-28.
Photos of GVAC pets and artwork for the greeting cards can be found at: http://www.sharonashwood.com/gvac.php.