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The 1983 Sad Doggie, is 11-inches tall in a sitting position. The Sad Doggie bank is made of molded vinyl, the color of butterscotch candy. Private collection.

When I found Sad Doggie, he was sitting in a basket in the Goodwill store, with a tear below his sad eyes. There was a card on the top of the head, begging for a handout. The card reads, “I’m so hungry, it makes me cry. If you don’t help, I may die.” There is a convenient slot in the nose for the contributions.

According to Dale Jamison, from the Animal Rights Association of Jackson, Tennessee, Sad Doggie was America’s number one collector. Jamison said, “Most all American Humane Societies are in constant need of funds and over 1200 societies purchased collection banks from the Animal Rights Association of Jackson.”

The animal Rights Association of Jackson sold the Sad Doggie banks to the American Humane Society exclusively and then only in lots of one dozen or more banks to an order.

The American Humane Society began using Sad Doggie collection banks in 1983. They were stationed in all 50 of the United State, four Provinces of Canada, the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands. Banks were placed in fast food restaurants, convenience stores and other high traffic locations. Donations were collected by the organization and used to support the animal shelters; buying food for animals; giving medical care to animals that needed it; and grooming. They worked diligently to get the animals off the streets.

Because I am self- isolated these past months, I have not been out to investigate if the canine collection banks are still sitting on counters begging for a hand out like they did in the past. Researching on the internet today, it appears that several methods are used to collect funds for the Humane Society.

This is for the collectors of the Ad World who would love to give Sad Doggie a home. Here is what to look for. Sad Doggie is made of vinyl and is 11-inches tall and about 6-inches wide in a sitting position. Sad Doggie has sculptured hairlines and folds in the butterscotch candy colored skin. The dog’s sad eyes and long nose are well defined.

Collectors may have some difficulty finding the Sad Doggie bank. Look in the second hand stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army. The auctions on the internet is another source. It is important to study the pictures closely and ask the sellers some questions before you purchase Sad Doggie. You don’t want it if there are cracks and stains or broken parts. Good luck finding this one.