Quench your thirst for pet merchandise and support a non-profit by shopping at either Tito’s brick-and-mortar store — Love, Tito’s — located in downtown Austin, or online at store.titosvodka.com/collections/dogs.
Dogs and people go together like vodka and soda – they complement each other.
Dogs let you into their hearts and then lead you back into your own. They are loyal, loving, smart, playful, and entirely free of judgement. They’re teachers — and most importantly — social lubricants, prompting conversations and interactions between otherwise strangers. Simply put, they help us build commUNITY.
There’s this thing called the Butterfly Effect. It’s the idea that a small change can have non-linear impacts and be the cause of larger consequences — like the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in one place causing a hurricane in another.
But the impact of the Butterfly Effect isn’t always a natural disaster, and one little butterfly flapped her wings for the first time 25 years ago at Tito Beveridge’s vodka distillery, when a soon-to-be-beloved stray dog wandered into his life. And the consequences (unintended, certainly, but full of canine delight!) snowballed from there!
The arrival of Dogjo sparked early ties to a local non-profit that makes veterinary care affordable and accessible, and ultimately to an international corporate philanthropy — Tito’s Vodka for Dog People Program.
The mission of Vodka for Dog People is simple: to better the lives of pets and their families.
“We started Vodka for Dog People to rescue and protect the animals that have come into our lives, many of whom now thrive alongside us at the Tito’s distillery and office headquarters,” said Beth Bellanti, Vodka for Dog People Program Manager. “Our passion for animal wellness was inspired by our early connection to Emancipet, a nonprofit based here in Austin. We also help all kinds of animals in need (not just dogs) by amplifying nonprofits' fundraising efforts, as well as transporting animals out of danger from natural disasters and overcrowded shelters.”
Tito’s Vodka for Dog People Program helps animal welfare organizations in communities across the country on both a local and national level. In addition to its partnership with locally based Emancipet, they support:
Wings of Rescue: Tito’s Handmade Vodka teams up with Wings of Rescue to support its mission of transporting pets from overcrowded shelters and disaster areas to safe havens and forever homes. With flights spanning state lines, to the Caribbean, this group has saved countless pets.
The Sato Project: Tito’s Handmade Vodka proudly supports The Sato Project, which aims to rescue abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico. With estimates at around 500,000 stray dogs roaming the island streets, The Sato Project strives to make a permanent change to the area's stray dog crisis.
CARE: Tito’s Handmade Vodka supports CARE’s mission to bring diverse voices to the Animal Welfare industry while also advocating for a more inclusive path to pet adoption.
For dog people, the whole world looks different when you have one as a pet. Pet owners tend to howl at the moon when it’s full, support nonprofits, and purchase fantastically, frivolously fun items for their canine companions. Quench your thirst for pet merchandise and support a non-profit by shopping at either Tito’s brick-and-mortar store — Love, Tito’s — located in downtown Austin, or online at store.titosvodka.com/collections/dogs.
“100% of the net proceeds from our web store go directly to one of our nonprofit friends,'' explained Bellanti. “From animals, to the environment, from food relief, to our service men and women — customers visiting Tito's online store have the option to select any nonprofit organization that Tito’s works hand-in-hand with.”
And if you’d like to help, you may choose from American Farmland Trust, Emancipet, Team Rubicon or World Central Kitchen with the purchase of Tito’s swag.
Ultimately, philanthropy is a powerful force. It’s vivifying and vital. Let these “dog days” of August remind you how to wield it. To inspire and fire you up, Bellanti shares a list of dog themed favorites:
Favorite "dog" Song?
I Love My Dog by Sublime
Favorite book about a dog?
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Favorite “dog” movie?
Isle of Dogs
Favorite “dog” quote?
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers