Thursday, December 1, 2016

ADOPT A FRIEND

When I quit my job at the beginning of the month, I was very excited for the amount of time it opened up for me. It didn't take me long after my first few days off to decide that I should spend some of this new found time volunteering and helping give back to my community, and it wasn't hard for me to figure out that I really wanted to invest my time into an organization that is very near and dear to my heart - the Humane Society.

The ADOPT A FRIEND project is a series of graphic designs based on shelter animals* that will eventually be offered for sale as prints, and possibly t-shirts. Absolutely all of the proceeds from this art project will be donated back to the humane society. I'm hoping this will help provide monetary assistance to shelters, but I also hope that this project will help bring more awareness to people about the benefits of adopting a pet from an animal shelter.

Did you know that 2.7 million adoptable animals are euthanized each year because there are simply too many of them for shelters to care for, and because more people don't adopt from shelters when getting a new pet? Not to mention that puppies from pet stores, flea markets, or online sales are usually from puppy mills (read more about puppy mills here).

Even if you aren't able to bring a pet into your home, there are still lots of ways you can help out your local shelter. Lots of them are in dire need of dedicated volunteers, and volunteering even as little as a few hours a week can be helpful. There are also lots of other things you can donate, besides your time, like food, litter, toys, and money (most shelters will provide you with a wishlist if you call and ask, or they may have one listed on their website).

I will keep everyone updated as to when and where the merchandise will be available. Thank you so much for helping me support this cause!

Check out these great resources:
It kind of looks like this guy is a grouch, but he was reaching out of his cage ever so sweetly, just wanting some attention.
He was so gentle and sweet! I couldn't resist giving him lots of snuggles!
*All furry friends featured here are waiting for a forever home at Door County Humane Society.
   A huge THANK YOU to DCHS for letting me come and do my thing.
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