EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: 2008

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Monday, December 15, 2008

EFA Team Store Closing! 50% off plus FREE shipping!


100% of all profits go to animal charity, so buy now,
and save money while helping animals.
Your purchase will assist the animals we love -
including the EFA December Charity of the Month: It's Meow or Never
Thanks for helping the animals!
Questions on the closure of the team store? Send them to http://mvegan5.etsy.com or info@efaartistshelpinganimals.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Donate auction items to help WellPetUSA!

EFA member Katie of lenoxdesigns is looking for any and all handmade donations for WellPetUSA's Yappy Hour Silent Auction, to be held Friday, December 5, in Oakbrook, Illinois. The auction will benefit WellPetUSA's Meow Bow Wow Fund.

The Meow Bow Wow Fund reimburses pet rescues across the US for their spay/neuter and vaccination costs. These are critical procedures, since animals in rescue cannot be adopted until they are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. All proceeds will go directly to the fund.

For more information on the event, please see http://yappyhour.eventbrite.com/

Katie would like to have all items by Thanksgiving (given the hectic holidays!). Items may be sent directly to her at:

Katie Manion
1936 W. Grace St. #3
Chicago, IL 60613

For more information, please contact her at Katie@wellpetusa.org

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Needed: Donations for Greyhound Rescue Auction

Greyhound Pets of America (GPA)-Tampa Bay is having both an auction and raffle on February 21, 2009 to support greyhound rescue.

The event will be held in conjunction with the "Parade of Greys" walkathon in Tampa Bay, Florida. The "Parade of Greys" is a cooperative event between GPA-Tampa Bay and GRreyhound Rescue & Adoptions-Tampa Bay.

Any and all donations are welcome. For more information, please contact Joe, vice-president of GPA-Tampa Bay, at JMuhrlin@intlsign.com.

If you'd like to donate an item, Joe asks that you please send the following with your item:
- A note to say that you are an Etsy for Animals member, and that the item is for the February auction.
- Business cards and/or your website links
- An approximate value for your donation item.
- An e-mail address where he can contact you about your donation.

Items may be sent to:

Joe Muhrlin
6980 Ulmerton Rd #2C
Largo, FL 33771

All donators will receive both a thank you letter and a 501c3 tax-exempt letter.

Monetary donations are also welcome since GPA-Tampa Bay has had unexpected veterinary expenses lately. You can donate directly by going to the GPA-Tampa Bay website and using the PayPal link on the left side of the home page.

GPA-Tampa Bay is dedicated to promoting and facilitating the adoption of greyhounds when their racing careers end, and to educate the public about greyhounds and what wonderful pets they can become. GPA cares for the animals from the track to their new homes, using our network of foster homes where loving volunteers help them learn the trials and tribulations of life after the track. GPA Tampa Bay is run entirely by volunteers and depends on fundraising and donations for its operating expenses.

EFA Makes a Special Donation to Homeward Bound Dog Rescue of Minnesota

Last month, I was lucky enough to win the Birthday Bash kickoff raffle. I’m sure everyone always says this, but I never win anything – really! Part of my prize was a $50 donation to the charity of my choice and I picked Homeward Bound Dog Rescue of Minnesota. About six years ago, I adopted a Pekingese from Homeward Bound; she was rescued from a puppy mill where she spent several tough years. About three years later, we went back to Homeward Bound to adopt our second dog, a stray Chihuahua mix. Cricket and Pedro are now good pals (mostly) and spoiled rotten (definitely).

Homeward Bound is a private, nonprofit organization concerned with the welfare of dogs and other animals. They are a no-kill rescue and placement program, dedicated to the sheltering and fostering of homeless and unwanted animals. Homeward Bound has been in existence since 1991 and has rescued over 12,000 dogs, cats, and other animals. They promote responsible adoption and care of companion animals. Homeward Bound does not have a central location; they are foster-based. Please visit their website for more information about this great organization.

My Etsy shops are Kellybot and PequenoPequeno. I donate 10% of profits from both shops to the EFA charity of the month.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

APPEAL from Meow or Never: Saving Kittens

Small is beautiful and they don't come smaller than kittens. Its Meow or Never is raising funds to save six kittens from a kill shelter. They are on a mission to raise $25 for each kitten and would welcome your help. it doesn't need to be a whole $25, although that would be GREAT. Any spare cash, change, or whatever you have might help keep a kitten from harm and give it a chance of a good life.

Here's a kitty picture: http://www.itsmeowornever.org/kittensinneed.asp, and here's where you donate if you can find a few dollars in the bottom of your purse or pocket: http://www.itsmeowornever.org/donate.asp. There is an easy to use PayPal donation button, and information about donating in other ways.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

APPEAL: VSPCA Needs Help to Rescue Animals in India Floods

Catastrophic flooding has endangered millions of large and small animals in the state of Orissa in Eastern India. The Visakha SPCA (VSPCA) is responding to assist these animals, but they need our help.

Please read the following letter from Pradeep Nath, founder and president of the Visakha SPCA, and visit the VSPCA website for more information, and to see all the work they are doing to help animals in India. You can donate to the VSPCA via PayPal here.

The VSPCA Cow Sanctuary was EFA's charity of the month in March 2008.

Dear Friends,

Unable to bear the current flooding in the Orrisa coastal areas of India (about 300 kms from us), I write this appeal to all those who might be able to help the animals in 14 districts affected – more than half of Orrisa!

After the recent flooding our teams have been working in the West Godavari district (south of us) and the Srikakulam areas (north) – these areas are now improving. Our appeal now is to tackle a greater challenge that has driven half of the state of Orrisa into a crisis. Government funding is coming in to help in this dire situation, and we are lobbying and appealing for aid to help the animals in these regions as well. The animals urgently need fodder and medicine, and abandoned and homeless animals need to be rescued. But we have to lead by example, sending our teams in right now. Ever since the Mahanadi river started to rise, we have been following the situation by coordinating and joining with other NGO's. Since May 2008, many areas were devastated with continuous rains overlowing river embankments and rendering all helpless, breaking down all communications and collapsing of bridges that stopped many railways.

We have just now been able to get the latest Orissa situation reports from the Director of Animal Husbandry (please contact us for these documents). 2554 villages and over a million large and small animals need immediate help in Orissa.

To those of you worldwide, we send this urgent message to appeal for your kind financial donation that will be wisely and carefully used in remedying this crisis, and look forward to letting you know later on that much has been accomplished.

To those of you here in India, if you are willing to support our teams in any manner please to get in touch with us. We need all forms of assistance, including veterinarians, experts and those with strong wills to deal with the situation (all materials and equipment needed will be supplied.)

Thanking you,
Pradeep Nath
Founder and President, Visakha SPCA

Thursday, September 18, 2008

APPEAL for Animals Stranded by Hurricane Ike

If you can, please help!

- UPDATE 10-25-08: Bay Area Pet Adoptions in San Leon, Texas was devastated by hurricane Ike and is in desperate need of donations to repair their buildings. View photos of the damage, and see their current needs here. Donations may be made on-line - for more information, please click here.

- Please see SRM's Hurricane Ike Animal Rescues blog for more updates, and to find more small organizations needing help.

- Updates on animal organizations may also be found on the Best Friends Network Texas news page.

Many animal organizations in Texas and other states have been impacted by the hurricane, and/or are helping animals affected by the hurricane. Learn more, or donate, by clicking on the links below:

- O'Malley Alley Cats in Lufkin needs contributions to help repair their facility. Please see this news story in the Lufkin Daily News.

- Noah's Ark Sanctuary in Cypress needs contributions for repairs to their facility.

- Whiskerville Sanctuary in Texas City needs contributions to buy a generator and care for many rescued animals.

- Spindletop Pit Bull Rescue in Willis needs contributions to repair their facility - read more here.

- Cinnamon's Companions Animal Sanctuary near Houston is in need of funding to transport cats and kittens to Purrfect Angels Sanctuary in California. More details have been posted on the Best Friends Network here.

- Habitat for Horses is rescuing and caring for horses on Galveston Island, and also needs help to rebuild their own facilities, which were damaged by the hurricane. Learn more, or donate, here.

The Houston SPCA has taken in animals from the Galveston Animal Shelter, and Galveston County, as well as the Brazoria County SPCA. They have also set up a temporary shelter on Galveston Island to care for the animals who are still being rescued there. Also helping rescue animals in the affected areas are the other members of the Texas State Animal Resource Team:
SPCA of Texas

The Humane Society of Missouri Disaster Response Team

The Denver Dumb Friends League

The Louisiana SPCA

Code 3 Associates

SPCAla Disaster Animal Response Team

Humane Society of the Pike's Peak Region

- The Humane Society of Southeast Texas, the Humane Society/SPCA of Bexar County, the Waco Humane Society, the SPCA of Texas and other regional shelters are taking in and caring for evacuated animals.

- Texas AgriLife Extension is coordinating relief efforts to provide food and water for 20,000 cattle and horses who are now roaming in several Southeast Texas counties following Hurricane Ike. You can donate to the "No Fences Hurricane Ike Horse and Cattle Relief Fund" here. Hay, feed, water troughs and portable panels are also needed.

- The Wildlife Rehab & Education Center in Houston is caring for wild animals who were injured during the storm. You can donate to them here. For more details, please see this post on the Best Friends Network.

- Pets America has been working with the Red Cross to care for animals that
were evacuated to shelters.

- Several national animal groups are doing animal search and rescue, assisting shelters (and helping in other ways) in areas affected by the hurricane:

Best Friends Rapid Reponse Team

Humane Society of the United States Disaster Center

United Animal Nations Emergency Animal Rescue Service

North Shore Animal League America Emergency Rescue

International Fund for Animal Welfare Emergency Relief Team

American Humane Associate Animal Emergency Services

ASPCA Disaster Relief

If you know of another organization that is caring for animals stranded after Hurricane Ike, please leave a comment on this post so we can add it to the list.

Many thanks to Jennifer Hayes of the Best Friends Network for her help in compiling these links!

by mishkat

Monday, September 08, 2008

Operation Happy Sock

Do you want to cheer up the cats in your local shelters? Try Operation Happy Sock!
Anyone can make a catnip Happy Sock, it's so easy everyone can have a go!
Make sure you use clean, old socks and quality catnip.

Sources of catnip :
EFA member It's Meow or Never who sells the 'nippy.
Alternatively try a search on Etsy for 'organic catnip'.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Needed: Item Donations for Dog Rescue Auction

From an e-mail sent to EFA co-leader MVegan5:

My name is Christopher Walsh, and I volunteer for two New England dog rescue groups- Life's Little Paws (cocker spaniels) and Chesapeake Safe Harbor (Chesapeake Bay retrievers). For many years several cocker spaniel groups got together and had an online auction to raise funds. Last spring, Life's Little Paws decided to invest in its own software, offer it to limited rescues, and have only two auctions per year, Spring and Fall (Holiday). The auction site is www.lifeslittlepawsauction.com, and the Fall auction runs from October 18 to November 22, 2008.

Chesapeake Safe Harbor is involved, an all-breed rescue out of California is involved, and several cocker spaniel groups from Ohio, New England, California, New York, Florida and (I think) Tennessee will be joining. It's a great way to network, let people do their holiday shopping and of course raise money for the rescues to continue a never-ending project: saving the dogs.

The nice thing is we can list the web addresses on the auction for the non-winners to go ahead and order later. We have over 600 registered and spending users that utilize the auction and spend their money- all pet lovers. Even a few kitty things end up here.

I guarantee that 100% of the proceeds go to the dogs, and, through Chesapeake Safe Harbor, I can issue a tax receipt for a donation to this non-profit organization for any and all donations. If anyone is interested in donating something to the auction, please email me soon, as listing for the auction is fully underway. My email address is dallasisland@netzero.com, and my shipping address is:

Christopher Walsh
31 Gretas Lane
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Please include a link to your website or your Etsy store, the value of the donation (including time invested) and the mailing address for the receipt to go to. Don't hesitate to email me with any questions.

--Christopher Walsh

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

APPEAL for Help with Medical Expenses for Cats at Meow or Never!

Help with medical expenses is urgently needed for three cats at It's Meow or Never Animal Rescue and Sanctuary!

The Sanctuary recently had some unexpected emergency vet expenses, and are in need of monetary donations to help these three cats, Sweetie, Max, and Donovan.

Sweetie has a urinary infection. Her medications/treatment will cost around $150.00.

Max (pictured to the left) has a polyp in his ear and needs surgery to remove it. It could be cancer. The vet said it would be $250.00 for his surgery.

Donovan is not eating, he has diarrhea and he needs his eye removed. He can't wait any longer for help.

You can see photos of Donovan, Sweetie, and Max (along with many other wonderful animals) here.

It's Meow or Never says "Please help these precious kitties. Donovan is just the sweetest kitty, he really enjoys life. He was playing yesterday and now today, he is just walking around, and he won't eat or drink either. Sweetie is a good girl and Max is a great long haired male kitty. Please donate whatever you can because we truly do not have it."

To make a donation, please visit http://www.itsmeowornever.org/donations.asp. They thank you in advance for your support.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

C is for Calming by DeerMountainWoodArt

My son asked me a while back to make him a Zen Garden. I wasn't sure how to go about it, but I knew it had to be small enough to fit on his desk, yet easy to put away when he was done 'relaxing'. This little gem is the culmination of his desire and my passion for creating, and the first thing he packed in his moving boxes on his way to college!

Instead of drinking with your friends at college to relax, how about a Zen Experience!?!

"Zen to Go!: Tranquility" measures 8.5" x 6.5" and is 1.5" deep, and displays the desired symbol on the sliding lid - which in this case is "Tranquility".

Makes a great GIFT!!

Alone, this character has a broad span of possible meanings. These meanings include relaxed, quiet, rested, contented, calm, still, to pacify, peaceful, at peace, soothing or soothed.. It really works and now we ALL have one! Not as lavish as this one, with it's handcrafted lacquered 'rake' and case, but they're all pretty nice! =D

"Zen-to-Go!: Tranquility"
is crafted from a recycled wooden pencil box with the Asian symbol carved in 1/4" Santos Mahogany. It comes complete with a red lacquered, hand-threaded 'rake', micro-burl 'temple'/mountain, 2 "Apache Tears" for good karma, and the finest 'sand' that you ever touched a rake or hand to!

After you're done with your 'meditating' you can place everything back in the case and close it up for later. Truly a uniquely relaxing experience, WHEREVER you are! =D

DeerMountainWood Art (Freida) donates 10% of the monthly sales to the Charity of the Month(EFA). She also helps the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, http://www.rmef.org (they help preserve the health and habitat for the elk and other wildlife) with annual item donations. Freida also works with her local Humane Society, www.canoncityhumanesociety.org/, helping with food drives and charity events. She's very happy to be able to help wherever she can and says, "Animals cannot speak for themselves, so we need to 'speak' on their behalf and use our resources and talents to ensure that they live a long, happy, peaceful, and healthy life!"

Friday, August 29, 2008

C is for "City Kitty" by LolaLynn

The first painting I ever sold was in high school. It was a city scape. At the time I lived in New Jersey and my bedroom window faced the New York City skyline. I loved looking out upon its ever changing appearance. I'm still spellbound when I view it - whether going over a bridge or on the glide path into the airport.

City Kitty captures a glimpse of the New York City skyline. Not necessarily a realistic view but front and center is the Empire State Building and off to the left, more to the background is the Citicorp Building. The black building behind the kitty is the U.N.. All these buildings are on the Eastside in Midtown. While we lived in Manhattan I saw the landmarks on a regular basis. How very fortunate I feel to have had the chance to live in such a fabulous place.

City Kitty is a print of my original acrylic ACEO painting. Printed on card stock, each card is hand embellished with acrylic paint to give it that personal touch. The 2.5 x 3.5 inch art card will come signed on the front and back and is marked "hand embellished print" and comes in a clear plastic protective card sleeve.

10% will be donated to EFA's charity of the month.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The World According to Merlin: My Interview with Unique!

The World According to Merlin: My Interview with Unique!

C is for Catnip Cats by recycledideas

Feline fanatics, these gift tags are not your ordinary ones - they have been made from recycled, handmade paper that can be recycled itself in a unique way — by planting it!

The kitty lover who receives this fancy feline gets a double gift: Plant her, and she grows CATNIP.

Catnip is a perennial herb from the mint family.

Besides driving little lions crazy with ecstasy, it can be used to make tea. The flowering plant produces purple blossoms and will come up again in the spring year after year. It also self-seeds, giving you lots of baby plants to share with friends as the years go by.

** Truly a gift that keeps on giving **

6 tags in set
Cats measure 3.5 tall x 1.25 inches wide
.. and are strung on hemp thread.

Each tag comes with germination instructions so recipients can't go wrong. The paper I make really does grow, you can see the sprouts coming out of the paper on my blog:


Please note: These cool cats are non-partisan; they lean to the left *and* right ;=)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

C is for Canine Coat by SturmDM

C stands for canine (or doggy) coat.

This brightly colored doggy sweater will keep your pet not only warm, but safe. It will make him/her easy to see. I like the fiery colors that will also look good for autumn, but in any case, it could be worn year-round to fend off a chill.

I crocheted this little sweater/coat using red, yellow, orange and brown acrylic worsted weight yarn, then added two matching yellow buttons on either side for closure and for a little bit of style - and luck - I sewed on a pretty ladybug.
This coat is for small dogs as seen on the picture. It fits a little snug on my Pekingese, Gizzy, because he has a lot of hair, but it fits my neighbor's little Shih Tzu perfectly and she was such a patient little model. Thank you, Mitzi! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12691093

Once I begin to get sales, I plan on donating 10% to Penn State University for Honey Bee Research. The website I use is http://www.helpthehoneybees.com/ . I like that website because it's very informative and very userfriendly and colorful, a great site for the whole family to visit and learn from.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

APPEAL: Helping The Elephants at Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants

EFA has received the followig appeal for help. It sounds like a nightmare situation and if any EFA-er can help then let them hear from you. Imagine being kept is something the size of a bathroom for most of your day and night - it's a truly awful thought.

"We are Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants. We are trying to get the 3 elephants out of their inhumane living conditions at the zoo and into the 2,700 acre Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. The poor girls are kept in a tiny, barren barn room for 18 - 20 hours a day!!!!! When they are let out, they only get a fraction of an acre. In addition, WPZ had a young elephant die of herpes so now all the eles are carriers but that doesn't stop the zoo from artificially inseminating Chai, the mother of the deceased girl - to the tune of 11 times!

Our Elephant-Sized Comedy show and art LIVE art auction is May 11 and we have catalogs to print, we need to have the art in hand by April 23rd. All are welcome! Thanks for your support.

Donations can be sent to:
Alyne Fortgang
10011 Vinton Ct. NW
Seattle, WA 98177"

If you have anything you can send - get in touch with them right now. Time is short and to get their fund raising catalogues out will take time. get moving you guys!

C is for Sea Cow by bluecicada

The title for my piece is "Gentle Giants." Sea cows, or manatees, are truly wonderful creatures; here in Florida we are treated with their gentle presence when they gather in the warm water of the natural springs during the winter months. "Gentle Giants" was created and carved on a linoleum block and hand printed on paper. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13749425

20% of this sale will go to my favorite charity: http://www.careforcows.org/

Monday, August 25, 2008

C is for... Copper

These Forest Animal Figurines are my entry in the August Challenge "C is for...", Mine is "C is for Copper". They can be found in my shop: TheClayPony. You can view this listing here.

I absolutely loooove copper, so of course I had to use copper leaf on my resin animal figurines for this challenge. They are covered with a clear gloss glaze for protection.
Their measurements are:
Reindeer, 2" high and is just over 1/4" thick
Fox, 1 1/16" high and is 5/16" thick
Squirrel, just over 1/2" high and is 1/4" thick

10% of the sale of these copper animals will be donated to the EFA Charity of the Month: Pittie Love Rescue

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cool Cat Cafe by Merlinsbarkproducts

C" is for this Cool Cat Cafe (not just one "c" but three!)since it will be perfect for the feline in your life. With three bowls to choice from, your kitty can enjoy dry food, wet food, and water at the same time. Your kitty will also be happy to get their paws (and claws) on this beautiful antique green elevated/raised cat bowl holder. Built out of pine, and measuring 3 1/4" in height, it will be perfect fit for the kitty in your life. Constructed out of recycled oak table legs and pine, the look is completed with two 1-pint stainless steel bowls. The stainless steel bowls are dishwasher safe so they will be easy to keep shiny and sparkly clean. This elevated/raised cat bowl holder is sure to look great on any kitchen floor. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13861733

Did you know that elevated feeders are a great thing for a pup (or kitty) to have. Not only do they look nicer than just a plain old bowl setting on the floor, but elevated feeders are very beneficial for pets too. Veterinarians recommend elevated feeders because they help ease digestion problems, and are easier for pets that have problems with arthritis, neck or back problems to eat out of. Also, using raised feeding bowls help provide pet owners with a more hygienic and cleaner house. How great is that!

If this item is sold during the month of August $10 will be donated to the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sugar Glider Rescue: Hope for Gliders

Do you know what a sugar glider is? I didn't, until I began reading about EFA member kaczie's charity - a sugar glider rescue called Hope For Gliders. I asked kaczie (Danielle) for more information and she responded with a great write-up about gliders and glider rescue, and wonderful photos of her own two sugar gliders and their cage. These beautiful and sensitive animals are abandoned far too often - thankfully, there are caring people out there who are helping them.

Danielle says:

Sugar gliders are small, nocturnal, arboreal marsupials native to Australia that have a gliding membrane called the patagium that extends between their front and back legs. They can live up to 15 years in captivity (4-6 years in the wild). They bond by scent and will form a strong bond with their main caretakers. In the wild, they live in colonies of up to 30 gliders, so in captivity, they need to be kept in pairs or larger groups. They eat insects, small vertebrates, and sap of the eucalyptus, acacia and gum trees and extract the juice from their meals by pushing the food between their two front teeth.

Gliders are becoming more common as pets because they have few health problems and form a close bond to their owner, something that most other small pets do not. However, glider ownership must be carefully considered - gliders require daily attention, out of cage time, a large cage (most people use large bird flight cages), fresh nightly prepared meals from one of the "accepted" glider diets available (there are no commercially prepared glider foods), are messy eaters who get food everywhere, and must have access to stimulating toys. If gliders don't have these things, they will become bored and depressed, and can develop health problems. Many people do not have the time to dedicate to these creatures for 15 years.

Unfortunately, people purchase gliders on impulse, and don't realize how much work they can be, so gliders often end up being dumped at rescues (or worse yet, being dumped outside). They sometimes are bounced from home to home but eventually, many will end up in a rescue. Change stresses gliders, so a glider rescue may become a glider's forever home simply so the glider can relax and finally feel loved/wanted. Other times, they will be adopted out to caring new homes that have been prescreened by the rescue.

Glider rescue requires funding and dedication. Since gliders require fresh meals every single night, rescues go through a lot of food. Because gliders are exotic animals, vet costs are not cheap and many vets are not experienced enough to handle glider care. Rescues must cover these expenses for each and every glider, and also provide them a cage, toys, bedding materials, specialized wheels, companionship, and more.

For more information, or if you'd like to help, please see
Hope for Gliders website
Jeanne's Hope for Gliders blog on the Best Friends Network
Gliders available for adoption from Hope for Gliders
(Hope for Gliders currently does only local adoptions in the Dallas, TX area, but may be able to provide referrals to rescues in other areas.)

by mishkat

C is for Connectedness

When making a mobius, each new jump ring goes through *all* the other rings that have gone before. To me, this was a perfect illustration of the August EFA Challenge, "C is For..." My piece shows how "C is for Connectedness." Just as all the jump rings in the mobius are interconnected, so are all the creatures on the planet, and they all deserve our compassion and consideration (more Cs!).

This necklace is made entirely of sterling silver and is just over 16 inches long. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13859820

My shop, Aimee Dars Designs, donates 10% of all sales to animal organizations. My shop profile will specify the charity designated for the month.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Urgent appeal from It's Meow or Never

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Über Duper Creations is an etsy shop that loves animals. And in keeping with August's challenge we want to feature two items.

C is for Container! We have hand painted treat jars to hold those delicious biscuits for your best friend. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=13499572 . Of course you'll need a lil' something something to fill that jar. . .which brings us to. . .

C is for Crunchy! Beastie Biscuits are on sale through the end of August. Wholesome & ORGANIC!! Made out of real ingredients. People Tested and Dog Approved :0)
Please use your code words "I am a Beast Friend" to get in on this great promotional sale. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13535019

10% if all profits go to help various organizations helping animals in need. The August/September Charity is Mill Dog Rescue Network ( http://www.milldogrescue.org/ ); A wonderful non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes retired mill dogs and educates the general public about the realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.

Best of all, C is for Celebrate! Celebrate Life! Celebrate Community! Celebrate Nature! Celebrate the amazing Creatures that share this earth.

Be well friends!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Paws and Smell the World


Coming soon, this is the sweetest book, full of doggie wisdom and delight by Dana Thomas. You can check it out and see inside some of the pages at Amazon.com here or order from your local bookshop. All you wish to order it locally the ISBN details are :- (10 digit) ISBN-10: 1933958286 or (13 digit) 978-1933958286.

It is also available as a Kindle book for those in the USA with Kindle readers.

Cowabanga!! Sooooo many treasuries...

...All featuring the EFA Store :D
Yaay!! Looks like this Birthday Bash Bug has bitten everyone.

Talk about a jackpot!! A treasury featuring ONLY the EFA Store in all the slots!!
THAAAANK YOOOOUUU Kary!! aka theknottysheep.

Two from our famous Cyn. And need I say how gorgeous they are? I'm tellin' ya, this girl was a treasury ninja mistress in her previous birth!

Now who can resist these oh so "awww" faces in Sewelsonwoodcraft's collection? A treasury all about people supporting shelter dogs and cats...

What a lovely color!! You're sure it "ooohhh and ahhh" at CurlyGirlCrochet's cornflower blue treasury.

And finally, another one of Destashtique's awesome BNRs. This one's the 'pick of the litter'.

A HUGE thank you to all of you talented treasury curators from EFA and the animals!! :)
Please continue to feature the EFA store in your treasuries.

With love,

your treasury hunter -
- Susmitha :)

C is for Cat Chokers with Chinese knots - 15-20% charity donation on all sold by Sept 1st

Of course, with a shop called PurrPrints, C would have to be for Cats--but that's always the case, so I decided there needed to be some extra C goodness: and out popped the Cat Chokers with Chinese knots (and some added Cs for it being on a satin Cord, super Cute, and eCo friendly bamboo? or maybe I'm just pushing it now...).

Anyway, I'm in the midst of making more, but right now there are a couple different versions of these cat chokers in my shop--and I'm donating 15% of the profits to EFA's August animal charity on ANY choker that sells by September 1st, no matter how many that turns out to be. Plus, if you mention that you found the chokers through the team then I'll bump it up to a 20% donation.

If you like your necklaces longer than 16" I have those too--like this orange cat on the right--and as a special secret to efa-ers I'll turn those into 15% donation items as well if you mention this blog post in the notes to seller.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

C is for Carousel Unicorn by FrumsGlassMenagerie

Esty for Animals August Challenge: C is for Carousel Unicorn.

Handpainted with glass enamels on a fused glass pendant, is a carousel horse. The painting is a permanent part of the glass between a grey layer and a clear layer of glass.This pendant measures approximately 1 1/4 inches wide by 1 7/8 inches high, excluding the bail. A drilled hole and a 14/20 gold filled wire forms a bail, allowing it to hang from a 18 inch 2mm black leather cord necklace. Ask about the availability of custom necklace lengths. I also have 100% acrylic faux suede for vegans. The metal necklace shown is not included. Leather and flat faux suede options are shown in one photo


20% of the proceeds of this item go to The Windchill Legacy, Ltd. Take a moment to visit their website at: http://www.thewindchilllegacy.org/

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

EFA Chat - Help!

Gena needs help from sellers who attend the popular weekly chat in the Etsy Virtual Labs.

Gena says:

I need someone to help with with the weekly chats in gathering information together

I also need someone who can fill in every once and a while like this .... 27th August 08 I have a company meeting at work.

If you can help Gena out it would be a big help and also count as 'participation' for submitting your EFA Charity of the Month nomination. Gena will fill you in on the details but I don't think it's rocket science. A Northern Hemisphere EFA member would be most helpful as those of us in Australia and NZ are, I think, asleep then :-))

Convo. Gena at her store (link above) if you can help.

Bonnie and Nicole

As a regular poster on the EFA blog I keep and eye on many of the active blogs posted by EFA sellers.

On 14th August Nicole blogged about her recent rescue animal Bonnie. Her first post was desperately sad - with pictures that would break your heart BUT thanks to the Chip In button on her blog Nicole is getting close to her goal fundraising for Bonnie's treatment and has updated her blog with a YouTube snippet while she waits for tests to come back from the vet.

Nichole is an active animal lover and sells the sweetest pictures in her Etsy shop. If you want to get something for your hard earned donation check out the pictures here.

Nicole's most recent post on Bonnie informs her readers that Loyal Rescue are going to help with Bonnie's fostering and care but she needs to be fit and well soon. Check out Nicole's blog for Bonnie's progress.

C is for .... Crystal by Rainbowmom

Rainbowmom's C is for Crystal

This photograph was taken last weekend in Tsawwassen, BC during a Crystal Healing workshop I attended. :)

I donate 5% of my profit to a local animal charity. I love to create jewelry with all natural crystals and stones and I love to go out and spend hours in nature, trying to capture all of Mother Earth's beautiful bounty in timelessness. :)

August Challenge by dogonwear

Cat Leash Holder

"C" is for my friend the "cat"

My friend Sam from across the street tells me it’s OK living with a cat. So he doesn’t mind his Mom having something on the wall with cats on it. Just so long as it doesn’t have a leash hanging from it. He draws the line at sharing his leash. This Wall Hanger is 5 inches in diameter. It’s a natural wood finish with a VERY LARGE and HAPPY GRAY CAT on top and a very small gray cat on the bottom. Just for a little color variation, there’s a brown cat on the side. It has 2 hangers on the back. 50% of this item will go to the EFA charity of the month.

C" is for Clown- for the Happy clowin around kind of Dog!

This Medium Collar has a 12" elastic necking. Loosely measure your dogs neck to determine what size is best for your Dog. Jester Collars can be made in any size. This adorable collar has multi-colored circles, accented with Sharovski Crystals and a bell on each point.
50% of this item will go towards the EFA Charity of the month.

Dogonwear makes Doggie Fashions and specializes in Saddlepacks. Come and see our store at

Monday, August 18, 2008

Birthday Bash Extravaganza Raffle Winners

Please see the new website: http://efaartistshelpinganimals.org/index.php/promotions/27-bday-bash/283-birthday-bash-kickoff-raffle-winners

Fantastic Patterns and Colors!!

Wow, I was just treasury hunting and came across 3 EFA Store featuring treasuries. All of them are amazing!! What colors! What patterns!! I'm blown away! And so will you be when you see them :)

Here they are...

(Be sure to visit each one and click and comment, these curators deserve all the support they can get!)

First Cyn's delicious "rASPBERRY LEMONADE"

Then a super-fun
"Animal Party for EFA and AWBAR!"
by Michele

And finally, a gorgeous blue one "For the Pets!" by VivaLeChat

-Susmitha :)

Hearts On Noses

RainbowMom has created the most adorable piggy treasury featuring members of EFA and Etsy Veg. It's just too cute!
Thanks RainbowMom!!! :)

Hearts On Noses

-Susmitha :)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ollie's Place needs help!

A regular sponsor has pulled out leaving them in an unsteady situation. They have a good web site and a quick and easy paypal donation button.

Brook from Ollie's Place says :

"Dear Friends,

As some of you may or may not know, I have been volunteering for a cat adoption center called Ollie's Place for the past few months. The shelter serves as a no-kill, not-for-profit rescue organization, housing homeless cats in New York City and overseeing the care and adoption of them. Ollie's Place is run solely from donations and volunteers. All funds go towards rent, vet bills, food and supplies.

Unfortunately, over the past few weeks, a major sponsor has backed out which leaves the shelter in an extremely vulnerable position. It's a pretty urgent situation so, for the time being, each volunteer is letting the word out to friends asking for small donations which can be made on-line. Anything as little as $10 can go a long way so if you get a chance, please take a look at the website and go to the "get involved" section.

Volunteering there has been a great oulet for me lately since I love animals but am not ready to get a pet. Centers such as these are crucial for not only fostering cats and finding them homes but to control the population of strays in the city. This hopefully will get us back on track so this will probably be the last mass email I'll have to send. If anyone is interested in more information, programs and events, please let me know. It means a lot!"

C is for..............Clay Critter by Claynfiber

What is 'C' for? Clay Critter! Stoneware clay finished with iron oxide and I've placed my stamp on his belly side. He measures 3 1/4" long and stands just under 2" at his ears. The full sale price will be donated to animal charity.


EFA Mid-August Newsletter

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So many cats!!

So many beautiful treasuries being made for EFA! This time around, cats seem to be a popular theme :)

There are 2 from dragonhouseofyuen.

I'm feline grrrRRRrreat!!!

Green and Blue (fur) Jewels

"birfday selebrazhuns kitteh style" from kittencrazies

And finally something from ThePeachTree. The theme is not cats, but it's gorgeous nonetheless!! :)

One for all and all for...animals

Thank you all for these lovely EFA treasuries! :)

Until next time...

your treasury hunter,
-Susmitha :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

C is for...Calcium! BooksByBexx August Challenge

Everyone should pay attention the their calcium consumption, but vegans and vegan women in particular need to keep a closer watch on their daily intake.

According to the National Institute of Health, 78% of women over 20 don't consume enough calcium on a daily basis. Calcium is essential for bone strength, proper blood clotting, muscle and nerve functions.

This pocket sized book entitled "How I Get My Calcium" contains a short list of dairy-free calcium sources, the amount of calcium per serving, and % daily value. Also included is information on how much calcium the average person needs each day, and a list of resources on vegetarian and vegan nutrition.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, home to Dylan, a cow rescued from a dairy farm.

The book comes in 3 colors - red, blue, and green, and is available in hardback or paperback format. For more information, visit BooksByBexx's etsy shop at http://www.thisisbexx.etsy.com/

Friday, August 15, 2008

C is for Cows, Kissing Cows

3 Blank inside, 5x7" signed, recycled card stock, cream colored greeting cards. Cover features a reproduction of my painting "Kissing Cows," 2000, with a border around the image. Envelopes included. tp://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11039292

Individual cards available for $3. Any amount can be ordered for $2 each. 8.5 x 11" print available for $12. Combined orders recieve shipping discount! 10% goes to the animal charity of the month.
On the border of the original Kissing Cows painting is a frame of text explaining how the cow farming industry is destroying the environment. The painting was created for an Earth Day exhibition at my art school, The Rhode Island School of Design.
* According to a 2006 United Nations report, raising animals for food emits 40 percent more global warming gases than all the cars, trucks, SUVs, Hummers, planes, and ships in the world combined.
* A recent study by the University of Chicago found that going vegan is 50 percent more effective at fighting global warming than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.
* Animal agriculture is a leading source of carbon dioxide emissions and the biggest source of methane and nitrous oxide emissions.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Oh what a beautiful world

If only life were always full of puppies and happy colors, everyone would only be smiling and sighing contentedly :)

Cynmb and DeerMountainWodArt have brought just these into our lives through their treasuries. So here they are for you to smile and sigh, if only for a short while :)

Happy Colours (yaay this is the spelling of colours we use here in India also :D)

Team EFA's Gone to the Dogs?!?

Aren't they both awesome? :)
They'll be ending soon so please support them as soon as you can.


-Susmitha :)

National Feral Cat Day 16 October 2008

This is advance notice of the Alley Cat Allies National Feral Cat Day.

Date :- 16th October 2008

More details HERE

I will try to post more details nearer the date as it is after the EFA Birthday Bash and would get swamped in the rush - something I would hate to happen.

EFA Birthday Bash Extravaganza Raffle!!

This is soooo exciting. As promised....we will are holding a raffle for those shops that have registered for the coupon and/or volunteered to help with the promotion prior to 8-8-08. Some shops created beautiful treasuries and others helped by donating a prize. Whatever your contribution towards making the kick-off a success, we thank you! You will also receive one extra ticket for your efforts!

Please look over the list,if there are any discrepancies, convo me by Sunday 8/17/08. The Raffle will be held the following week and winners notified by email. Please see thisblog post for more information about the raffle for the list of prizes, etc.

Good luck everyone!!!

Tacky Handmade

C is for Corgis by InaBit

Corgi's are noted for their PROFUSE SHEDDING. This collage print celebrates our desire to make changes in our lives. Whether its our surroundings, job, personality or physical appearance. So ... "If You're Happy and You Know It, SHED YOUR COAT!" Enjoy the SUMMER!

This PRINT of my ORIGINAL 10" x 12" COLLAGE measures 7.5" x 9.5" with a white border for framing. All on a 9” x 12” slightly ‘linen-canvas textured’, soft sheen paper. Prints are signed and dated at the bottom. They are wrapped in tissue, placed in a cellophane sleeve with foam core, then shipped in a mailer.

Take a look at this item: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14390227

InaBit's support goes to: Waldo County Humane Society located in Belfast, Maine. It is a 'no kill' facility which helps animals and individuals meet the costs of caring for their pet. It is a sponsor of regular adoption programs bringing rescued animals together with wanting owners. Waldo County Humane Society continues to make strides in the general education of the need to spay and neuter animals. They also sponsor free rabies shots twice a year.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Get your Pet on a Calendar!

This is a time sensitive one so I am posting quickly.

The Wisconsin and Ozauke Humane Society is holding a competition to find the pets for its 2009 calendar.

The Society says :

The entry deadline is Friday, August 15! Does your dog strike a pose when you bring out the camera? Does your cat smile when you say "cheese"? The Wisconsin & Ozauke Humane Societies’ calendar contest is nearing the end. The first 500 photographs submitted are guaranteed to be included in the calendar and there is still some space left!

If you want to show your super talented or cute and funny pet click here for further information click here

C.....is for Cats....handbag!

This brown and white Herringbone Handbag has been adorned with some cool Cats....all just in time for the EFA August Challenge C is for....CATS!!

It's no secret that I adore cats, my favorite charity is Town Cats of Ocean City Md that run a no kill shelter and provide help to feral cats or cats that have been left behind in the resort town of Ocean City Md.

These cats are just so cute! They are sitting back to back amongst trees and flowers on an orange and green background.

This like new cool bag is also adorned with a hand felted flower...in the same colors of oranges, yellows, and teal. Just matches the cool cats patch!!

Tackyhandmade's shop reflects their love for the new and the vintage and bringing them together in a project. Altering, embellishing new and vintage journals, eyeglass cases, handbags, wallets, etc. Plus Crocheted items from my very talented Mom, in her 70s, as well as a few mosaic projects.


Cause for sOFTLY PINK Art!!!

Two beautiful new lists featuring EFA in the treasuries right now.

First is "Cause for Art!!!" a lovely collection by amieking featuring 'Some talented and very generous artists'.

And then Cyn's fantabulous treasury "sOFTLY PINK" filled with soft, sweet and fuzzy vibes. One of her best!!! And as always she features AWBAR also.

Here's another awesome treasury I missed out on last weekend. Katie (mishkat) was kind enough to send me a screen shot.
This one was by lissalush. Definitely worht admiing even though it has now expired.

Thanks to all of you who keep featuring EFA in your treasuries!!!

love and light,
-Susmitha :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jane Diamond makes the front page

Ok so it will have been and gone by now but we have to congratulate JaneDiamond on making the front page of Etsy. Well done that girl! Here's the proud post from her blog.

Jane's store is full of lovely things.

Well done and congratulations!

August Challenge from Nightshadesart

This little calf magnet fits the theme "C is for..." because C is for calf!
He's available in my etsy store here

50% of the proceeds of this magnet will go to the EFA charity of the month at the time of sale!

My favorite charity that I support is Care for the Horses. They are a local charity that rescue horses, I currently have a foster horse in my care from their facility.

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