EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: 2009

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 28, 2009

EFA mention :-)

You can see the mention here. And below is a screenshot.

From http://jinglebobs.etsy.com

I wish
I could adopt all the homeless dogs
and give them balls to fetch
and warm beds to sleep in.
That I had enough litter boxes
for a 100 cats
cause I have laps
that need sitting in!
I wish my small barn
and 3 ton of hay
could feed a thousand horses
and the apples
in my buckets would be enough
for Christmas day.
So I sigh, and I regret
all the places I can't help yet,
I can do what I can do
each and every day.

12/24/09 J Renee Smith

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tombola (raffle) Fundraiser for Animals!

EFA is sponsoring a Tombola (raffle) Fundraiser for Animals with To Happy Vegans http://tohappyvegans.com The event will be on the 6th of February in Bath, England. EFA will be donating at least 30 prizes for the raffle, and we get to choose which charity will receive the funds raised! Please leave a comment on this blog entry by Jan. 10 with your charity suggestion and letting me know if you can donate an animal product free item(s).

I will send the address to those who can donate. Let's make this event a success for EFA, To Happy Vegans, and the animals!!!

From Mitsu To Happy Vegans: "The event is organised by VIVA! an organisation that campaigns for a vegan/vegetarian world. They are supported by celebs such as Paul Mccartney, Heather Mills and Chrissie Hyndes. This is their website.

Everything at the event must be vegan and it is a not-for-profit educational initiative organised by Viva! which is held every year. More information on the Roadshow is here.

Sasha and I started the website this year after both turning vegan at the same time. We wanted to share everything we have learned and make it easier for other people who are conisdering becoming vegan make the change. We have recipes, fashion, blogs, nutrition and all sorts of other information on the website. In addition to this we also make vegan cakes and are hoping to branch out further with this, everything we make is vegan and we use organic and fair trade ingredients.

In addition to our cakes, when we have stalls at vegan fayres and festivals such as the VIVA! one we also have a tombola (a raffle) [100% goes to a specific charity]. All the prizes are generously donated by vegan companies or other companies we feel share our ethics. The current procedure is quite lengthy and involves contacting every company individually as we come across them, so a sponsored tombola seems to make sense and will help save our time so we can concentrate on the million and one other things we have ideas for! This year we have managed to raise money for Marine Connection, VegFam, and HIPPO Charity.

This is our tombola from the last fayre we did.

We are both in full time employment and maintain our non profit website and prepare for all the vegan festivals in our spare time."

Please donate an item(s) to help and suggest an animal charity to benefit by leaving a comment below. Thanks, Michele

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Paws Animal Sanctuary, EFA December Charity of the Month

Chosen by Lucy of http://luniquejewellery.etsy.com

So, why did I nominate PAWs animal sanctuary as charity of the month?

Well, despite being a lifelong animal lover, I only found out about this local sanctuary last May, but have visited virtually every Sunday ever since (my mum and I became members after a couple of weeks!). The founder, Stacey, has given up her home and dedicated her life to care of abandoned and neglected animals, and the brilliant team of volunteers help with allsorts, including giving the resident animals much needed love and attention.

There are many rabbits, guinea pigs and cats (and occasionally dogs and other pets) who are looked after until they can be found a new loving home. It's always good to see that some have been adopted but inevitably the spaces are soon filled by more animals in need.

As a small local charity I know that they appreciate any donations that people make and I hope that our EFA team will be able to raise some useful cash so that the PAWs team can continue to do their vital work. Thank you!!

Looking for Etsy items that support the Charity of the Month? Click here to search.

Monday, December 14, 2009

ART UNLEASHED: An artistic fundraiser for homeless animals

By Rebecca of kneedeeporiginals - http://kneedeeporiginals.etsy.com

In September, I spent some hours on designs for the upcoming Art Unleashed 2010 fundraiser for the Forsyth County Humane Society in North Carolina. This event connects artists with the organization and the local community as a way to raise money to support the Humane Society, its programs, and the care of the animals who reside there while they wait for a new home. I first got involved with Art Unleashed during their 2007/2008 event when I entered a last-minute design which was selected. There were approximately 60 designs chosen out of about 280, and these 60 chosen pieces ultimately helped to raise, through an auction party, $58,000 for the Humane Society. Each accepted artist received a cat or dog fiberglass form to paint, decorate, or enhance in whatever way their design called for. It was simply amazing to see the beautiful work that came from the project and how each artist had such a different vision. Here is my dog, Dogwood, who now lives at the home of a wonderful husband and wife eye-doctor team who purchased him at the auction for $750 ...

To create the base, I thought about my own dogs (both rescued dogs) and how they are so faithful and loving, such wonderful companions in all seasons of life. So they inspired the words I wrote and painted around the base of the sculpture: "I will fetch the sticks you throw into blue-dream skies. I'll carry your cares, sing them to the moon, lay among dogwood petals, waiting patiently at your feet."

The 2009/2010 fundraiser will be a little different. Only 10 dog forms and 10 cat forms will be created, but artists are encouraged to submit designs for original art, such as a painting, collage, 3-D work, furniture, house wares, and whatever else they can think of. The deadline for submission was in mid-September, and I busied myself with other art and activities while I patiently waited to hear if either of my designs was chosen. Finally, during the first week of December, I got a phone call and yippee!! The selection committee picked my cat design, Scout in the Garden, and I am so excited! The design was based on my own cat, a rescued kitty who always keeps me company in the garden when I am working the dirt and weeding and planting flowers and veggies.

Here's the design I submitted and what I will follow once I pick up my form which should be ready in early January.

Once the holidays are over, I'll be busy with this project. Stay tuned to my blog athttp://kneedeepstudio.blogspot.com where I'll post updates, images, details, and links as Scout in the Garden develops and as the event unfolds next spring with a kick-off parade through downtown streets.

I would encourage others to seek to begin this kind of fundraiser for their local animal charities… it’s so much fun and it involves many people in artistic and positive ways to raise awareness for animal advocacy. You'll be amazed at the number of people who will want to be involved, either as an artist or a sponsor!! Follow this link to learn more about Art Unleashed: http://www/forsythhumane.org/art_unleashed_ 2010.asp

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

From Bluebrooch

By Elaine of http://bluebrooch.etsy.com , who lives in this beautiful spot.

Not many people have the luxury of living right in the middle of the African bush, but I have!

I have been lucky enough to spend the last 7 years living and working at game lodges in Africa together with my husband. We live in a pretty remote area in South Africa with the closest real civilization 40 minutes away by car. We get to experience life surrounded by creatures big and small every day, elephants in our garden at night, leopard cubs playing tag on the dirt roads and hyena nibbling at our front door! The only little “domestic” treasures that share our lives here are our four finches and Hunter, a golden cocker spaniel by birth but a small human by belief.

I also love all things beautiful and riveted with stories and I like to create unique jewelry as I am not too fond of wearing something that hundreds of others have. My “studio” is our patio where I can watch the bushbuck grazing and I am inspired by things that make the child in all of us come out to play. That could mean an African bangle one day, a dainty flower necklace the next. My jewelry pieces are reminiscent of the charmed life I have here in the bush and the dust around me. These are my charmed treasures, all things whimsical and fun, made of dust and dreams!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bright Haven Charity of the Month

From Nicole of http://brizel4theanimals.etsy.com

I am absolutely delighted that my BrightHaven nomination for the month of November was chosen by the Radomizer... and here we are... Team EFA (Etsy for animals) are raising money through our sales to benefit this wonderful organization !

When you have a moment, please visit their web site: http://www.brighthaven.org
There is a wonderful video introduction on their front page.

Their mission statement reads: "BrightHaven is dedicated to the rescue, care and enhancement of the lives of senior and disabled animals. We are also dedicated to a program of research and education, arising from the miraculous results we have seen, when the balance of natural feeding, holistic care and modern medicine are used in a loving family environment."

"BrightHaven is a Healing Arts Center for animals and our primary focus is to educate the public on the many natural alternatives to conventional health care or euthanasia."

"Our focus is, in particular that of hospice care and transition itself. Over the last fifteen years we have offered both sanctuary and hospice care to hundreds of animals, and wish now to use our experience to help others care for their senior or special needs animals."

"Currently BrightHaven is home to 34 cats, four dogs, four horses, a pig, two goats and a number of farmyard birds and the work load is intense! These animals and birds are our close family members and we journey through their care we are constantly learning more and more and find ourselves very well able to offer advice based upon our experiences."

"We are extremely hopeful that, through our program of education others will now come forward to open their hearts and homes as we have done and continue this extraordinary mission we have begun."

"We also envisage that, as the word is spread both by us and also the ever changing and growing veterinary community, that many will undertake the care at home of their senior or special needs pets."

Many members of EFA (Etsy for Animals) will give part of their profits to help this wonderful cause... here are some of the items that will benefit BrightHaven if sold during the month of November.

Out team leader Michele, Etsy store owner mvegan5, created this wonderful treasury to spread the word throughout Etsy !

If you'd like more information about November's Charity of the month -- please visit our Forum thread.

My Thanks to all my fellow EFA members !

*Photos reproduced by kind permission of BrightHaven

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Parrot Toy Angels 2009 Holiday Auction

Parrot Toy Angels 2009 Holiday Auction

November 5 10:00am PDT – November 15, 2009
Posted with permission. Crossposting appreciated.

The 2009 Holiday Auction officially begins November 5 at 10:00am PDT.
We have Eclectus, Grey, Quaker, ‘Too, ‘Tiel and Macaw themed gifts.
We have gifts for birds, for humans, even cats and dogs. We have “safe” bird toys and toy making supplies.
We have books and bags, totes and toys, cards and candles, hand painted wine glasses and ornaments.

We're also offering a variety of gifts for you, your bird loving friends and family.

Here's a sneak peak
Holiday 2009 Auction Preview
But before the bidding begins, we would be remiss if we did not give a huge "Thank You" to all of our generous 2009 donors
AND all the list owners for allowing us to post this notice.

Click here to go direct to our eBay store:
Parrot Toy Angels eBay Store

Have fun...bid often! And remember…
100% of the proceeds from this auction go to the cause we hold dear:
Making a difference...one bird at a time!

We thank you for your support!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Christmas is coming.... It's time for a book raffle!

from our gingercatpress:

Winter is on it's way. It's time to snuggle up with a good book in front of a cozy fire and I have the puuurfect pussycat tale! That Stripy Cat!

For the month of December and November every $15.00 purchase from gingercatpress.etsy.com will enter your name in a raffle for a signed hardcover copy of my book, That Stripy Cat! Wow!

To earn a bonus entry in my raffle simply purchase an item from my etsyforanimals section in addition to your 15.00 dollar purchase.

1 raffle entry = One $15.00 purchase
2 raffle entries =One $15.00 purchase + An etsyforanimals donation item( $5.00 Donation).

Enter my raffle as many times as you like. Five dollars of every donation item will be donated to etsyforanimals.com's charity of the month in January 2010.

For more info about my book please visit: thatstripycat.blogspot.com

To Learn and discover all the talented artists that support etsyforanimals please visit: etsyforanimals

Friday, October 30, 2009

Flora Fauna Function

from Recycling Zychal:

EFA Member, Taryn Zychal of Recycling Zychal has spent the past 5 years of her life salvaging broken umbrellas from the trash and turning them into functional, stylish made-to-order dog raincoats. As she gets ready to launch the next phase of her highly anticipated broken umbrella line this November that will include new products for pets, home and baby, she’s also answering to the calls of animals in need. Recycling Zychal has developed FLORA FAUNA FUNCTION, a program designed to put broken umbrellas in her hands, keeping them out of the trash all while helping to raise money for non-profit animal helping organizations.

FLORA FAUNA FUNCTION works by having high traffic area businesses volunteer to put Broken Umbrella Recycling Bins, provided by Recycling Zychal, in their store. Patrons and new customers can then use the bin to donate and recycle their broken umbrella. When the bin is filled, Taryn will come and collect the umbrellas and Recycling Zychal will then donate $1 for each one donated to a group of rotating organizations, the first one being the Morris Animal Refuge in center city Philadelphia.

“It’s a triple win”, says Zychal, “You’re keeping the broken umbrellas out of the trash by recycling them, helping animals, and supporting a green business, all the while, it helps the business hosting the bin out by supporting a green movement and bringing in new customers.”

If you are interested in donating your broken umbrella to Recycling Zychal or setting up a Broken Umbrella Bin at your business, please contact Taryn directly here: info@recyclingzychal.com

Thursday, October 29, 2009

2 Dachshund Holiday Cards

From EFA member http://doxiedoodles.etsy.com

"I created 2 dachshund holiday cards specifically for a dachshund rescue and donated both pieces -- they are selling them now and 100 percent goes to dachshund in need for all of their needs -- WOW does it help them out!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shelter Dog Month

from http://benmcfuzzylugs.etsy.com

The Lonesome Road Studio reminded me in her blog that October is 'Adopt a shelter dog month'

It is also 1 year ago this month that my little pound dog Mia came to live with me.

Its been quite a steep learning curve with Mia learning how to deal with a dog with 'issues' But she is smart and loving and once I realised that she is like Scrappy Doo - all shouting because she is v scared of strange dogs. She is actually a gentle soul and has never attacked another dog (except settling in scuffles with Ben)

Ben is also a rescue dog from the Dogs Trust

I urge anyone considering a new dog to think about a rescue. It is so difficult to find a decent breeder these days with so many people churning out thousands of puppies just for money with no thought for the poor breeding dogs, the temperament or health of the puppies or the poor new owners who they fleece for thousands of £'s to buy their poorly bred 'designer crossbreeds' (read mutts) or 'pedigrees with papers' (papers can be anything - and a pedigree is no proof of good breeding)

Rescues can have puppies, they can have older mature dogs whos temperament has been assessed and you can KNOW if the dog will fit into your lifestyle. Rescues can compete successfully in the highest levels of dog sports or can be great family companions.

Before you buy that cute puppy (and encourage the breeder to churn out the next litter of puppies into an overcrowded world) take a while to look around a rescue.

and if you cannot take on another dog at the moment how about a little donation to one of the great charities that help look after and rehome these poor guys who need a chance to find a loving home??

To make it even easier I have a listing in my shop, for only $3 (all of which goes to the charity that rescued Mia) you receive a collage of lots of rescued dogs happy in their new home and a lovely poem of thanks.
Or if you are looking for a lovely Greyhound in Scotland - have a look here

Pam Duthie

Checkout my Blog for Ben's agility training, my needle felted critters and all the etsy shops I love


Monday, October 19, 2009

Help A Chance for Bliss

A plea from AnnRan:

URGENT: A Chance
for Bliss needs to raise $60K before the end of November '09 or they are in danger of losing the ranch. Any amount will help and you can donate via the link below. Click here to read a letter with more information. And click here to read a great article that appeared in the San Francisco Examiner.

A Chance for Bliss (ACB) is an animal sanctuary in northern California, not far from my home. Committed to the care and welfare of special needs and elderly animals, particularly canine and equine, ACB is a wonderful place with caring staff and volunteers. Animals that find their way to ACB find a forever home full of unending love and support. Because they take in senior and special needs animals, ACB's veterinary bills and expenses for special feed and medicines are quite high, so any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated.

I support ACB through my art sales on Etsy and Bonanzle.
Click either link to see the listings that benefit them.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Help the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA

from their website....

Since the Station Fire first broke out, the Pasadena Humane Society has been on the front lines helping those affected by the fire. As of Tuesday, we had already taken in more than 360 frightened and confused animals from evacuated areas.

Responding to a disaster of this scale is an expensive and exhausting endeavor. The Pasadena Humane Society is dedicated to providing the highest level of care for the evacuated animals. Our commitment to feed, shelter and care for the animals affected by this fire is unlimited, but unfortunately—our financial resources are not.

You can help by making a financial contribution today. Please, be as generous as you can. If we raise more money than we need for this emergency, we will use those funds to care for the other animals at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Thank you so much for caring for the animals!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

September Charity of the Month

September Charity of the Month; Dachshund Rescue of North America; http://drna.org was chosen by http://rendachs.etsy.com

Dachshund Rescue of North America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with one sole purpose — rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing needy dachshunds and mostly dachshund mixes. We are a network of experienced rescue people throughout the United States and Canada who were previously doing rescue independently and realized the benefits of joining together and combining resources. Last year we placed 1009 dogs.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Donate Items to Help Wildlife Program

Sent by new EFA member; http://porcupinesnuggles.etsy.com;

The Wildlife Learning Foundation has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District for ten years, providing fun and educational life science lessons in their Ready, Set, Go! (before school) and Youth Development Program (YDP, after school) programs. We teach lessons crafted to meet the California State Science Standards utilizing our collection of rescued and zoo-born wildlife as silent instructors and living visual aids. Due to recent budget cuts, there is no longer funding for our outreach. However, we believe that our lessons are valuable to the students, inspiring interest in science and giving positive experiences with animals and nature.

On September 26th, we are hosting a benefit to raise money to continue our outreach programs at no cost to the schools. We will have animal encounters, tours, food, drinks, silent auction and raffle tables. Any and all are welcome to attend! For any questions, contact Christine http://PorcupineSnuggles.etsy.com or via email: porcupinesnuggles@yahoo.com For more information on the Wildlife Learning Foundation, visit http://wildlifelearningfoundation.org

Donations for the silent auction/raffle can be sent to:

Wildlife Learning Center

Attn: Christine Behringer

15981 Yarnell St., Suite 251

Sylmar, CA 91342

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Article by Dani

This is the 1st in a series by new EFA member, Dani, of http://eggcellentdesigns.etsy.com. She creates egg art, jewelry, and more, and is also a freelance writer; some of her work can be found on http://ehow.com. One of her favorite animal charities is The Center for Biological Diversity www.BiologicalDiversity.org .

Welcome friends. My name is Kit and I will be your guide to understanding the universe, your place in it and how to take care of the Humans we protect. But first, a bit about me.

I began this lifetime in hardship. Soon after my litter mates and I were born, we were cruelly separated from our parents. Left to wander, and in the midst of a tremendous storm, I stumbled upon my current familiar human and her mate.

Shaking with cold and soaked through to the bone, I didn't think I would make it. Taking refuge in a pile of wood, all I could think of was how alone I was and so I cried out to the universe for help. My smallest whimper was heard, and She who is my new mother appeared. She saw my green eyes peering fearfully from between the logs and immediately found me a blanket, some warm milk, and a place to sleep. The next day, as I was pondering the possibilities of my new life, a cry came to me from a distance. I answered, which drew the notice of She and He.

He ran to the road from the house while She joined me in calling out. (She speaks feline really well!) Yes - down the road came my brother... who ran to me joyously. We snuggled together under a tree and I told him about my journey. We decided to stay with these humans, as they appeared to have been sent by the universal catsciousness to aid us during this lifetime.

After much mediation (and a bit of wild catnip) we decided that sharing our wisdom with our friends was our katmic task and so, with the help of my brother Kat, and other furfriends, we shall endeavor to help strengthen the relationship between the animal and human worlds.

To that end, we encourage your questions, comments and stories. In addition, to better assist in peaceful understanding, we will occasionally provide descriptions of characteristics that your human can use to help understand our world better. These descriptions are based upon information received from the universe and are based on planetary changes that may have occurred at the time of your birth.

We hope that this information can help you to better understand your human companions and we look forward to learning more about our new ETSY friends.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Paws 4 Ever – Howl-O-Ween Raffle Items Request

Paws4Ever’s Howl-O-Ween Celebration commemorates Pit Bull Awareness Day. All proceeds from this event go directly to their Pit Bull spay/neuter program. Your company name and URL will be listed with the item to reach potential new customers, as well as on their Facebook event page. Paws4Ever is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so your donation is deductible. http://paws4ever.org

Mail any item donations with shop name/ address to;

Paws4Ever Re: Howl-O-Ween Attn: Amanda 6311 Nicks Road Mebane, NC 27302

Friday, August 07, 2009

FieldHaven Feline Rescue

FieldHaven Feline Rescue is a wonderful haven for cats and cat lovers. I've known the director, Joy Smith since FieldHaven's beginning. In fact, I designed their logo. The staff and volunteers are such caring people and they do everything in their power to rescue and find forever homes for our feline friends. I always have a number of cat art items listed in my Etsy shop to benefit FieldHaven (just search for "fhfr"). Being able to use my critter art to help animals is a great feeling. I love animals and I love creating art, so putting the two together to raise money just makes sense! A big thanks from me and everyone at FieldHaven to all our terrific EFA members for their support in August.

Ann Ranlett
Nature Illustrations & Pet Portraits

Search for Charity of the Month items on Etsy here.

Monday, July 06, 2009

July 2009 Charity of the Month

Save the Rhino International
Chosen by Becky of http://beckybutton.com

Save the Rhino International works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia. We recognise that the future of wildlife is inextricably linked to the communities that share its habitat. By funding field projects and through education, our goal is to deliver material, long-lasting and widespread benefits to rhinos and other endangered species, ecosystems and to the people living in these areas.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peace to All Creatures: 'Zine Review

"Peace to All Creatures" is a new 'zine edited and designed by Pippi Howard of Uber Duper Creations and Jessi Van Pelt of Ginger Card Company. I have worked with Jessi and Pippi on some on-line projects to raise money for animals in need, and I knew that they were both committed to helping animals, but I really did not know what to expect when a friend asked me to review it. My first answer was "I'm not a vegan!" Pippi assured me that the 'zine was for everyone, and she was right.

There are three sections within the 'zine: Animals, Veg Diet & Heath, and Social & Green Issues, and each has several stories. Pippi and Jessi have both contributed articles, as have six other authors, and there is something in here to interest just about everybody. Some of the pieces are funny, some are educational, and some are both entertaining and informative. You may not agree with every article, but one of the things I liked most about the 'zine is that the opinions expressed are clearly individual, and there's no attempt to preach.

A few of my other favorite things about the 'zine were:

- The gorgeous cover art on the front (a painting by Hannah Braden) and back (a sculpture by Green Art Studios).

- Jessi Van Pelt's writing style. She actually made an article about reducing waste fun to read!

- Pippi Howard and Carla Guinta's anecdotes and advice about being vegan in an omnivorous world.

- Erica Freeman's charming article about caring for pet snails.

- Nicole Simone's helpful essay on how you can help animal rescue organizations from home.

- The fact that 10% of the profits from the magazine go to animal charity.

The magazine is printed on recycled paper and bound with a hemp cord, and is also available as a download. I highly recommend it.

Note: you can find "Peace to All Creatures" on Etsy at both GingerCardCo and UberDuberCreations.

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