“We are excited to connect with the emerging cryptocurrency community, which can assist support animal welfare in Chicago and save animals’ lives,” said Susanna Homan, CEO of PAWS Chicago.
Dogecoin ($DOGE) can now be used to aid in the rescue of real dogs, as an animal rescue organization has begun collecting cryptocurrency donations, with a particular emphasis on the meme-inspired cryptocurrency that experienced a meteoric rise in popularity early this year.
According to an announcement originally seen by Cointelegraph, the PAWS Chicago group has begun collecting donations in BTC, ETH, DOGE, and other cryptocurrencies in order to fund operations ahead of the opening of a new hospital for homeless cats and dogs.
The organization is apparently targeting a “tech-savvy generation of potential donors” and soliciting cryptocurrency donations via billboards featuring the cryptocurrency community’s renowned laser-eye joke. According to reports, the organization has already performed over 300,000 spays and neuter surgery in Chicago in an effort to reduce the number of shelter animals euthanized in the United States.
It boasts that its surgeries have already resulted in a 91% reduction in the number of homeless animals slaughtered in the Chicago area. Susanna Homan, CEO of PAWS Chicago, was reported as saying:
We are eager to connect with the growing cryptocurrency community, who can help sustain the future of animal welfare in Chicago and save animals’ lives.
According to CryptoGlobe, search for the meme-inspired cryptocurrency soared during its 10,000 percent price increase, increasing from an average of 135,000 monthly searches in April 2020 to 16.5 million in April 2021. The rise appears to have been triggered by the WallStreetBets subreddit’s struggle with hedge funds over the price of GameStop’s stock. It began when a parody account called WSB Chairman questioned on Twitter whether DOGE had ever traded at $1, and other users piled on.
Dogecoin was founded as a joke in 2013. The Bitcoin community is well-known for doing humanitarian endeavors, which have included assisting charitable organizations. It made waves in 2014 when it raised more than $25,000 in DOGE to fund the Jamaican bobsleigh team’s trip to the Sochi Winter Olympics.