EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: 2010

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.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Thanks to Farm Sanctuary... 3 animal rescue stories

December's COTM: Farm Sanctuary
presented by Heather of thebluewindmill


When opportunity knocks, most people are compelled to answer … but when it comes in an unexpected form, it can cause quite a stir. Imagine the surprise Sacramento resident Tabitha Peralez felt when she heard a loud rap on her front door, and opened it to find a small, black and white goat standing right in front of her!

With a chewed off rope around his neck and fear in his eyes, the goat appeared to be on the lam from nowhere good and was hungry, thirsty and very exhausted. Lucky for the little guy, Tabitha seized the opportunity to help and took a series of actions that ultimately saved the animal’s life.”

Tabitha cared for her new resident by feeding him fresh veggies and grain, water, and letting him roam in her back yard, nibbling on trees and climbing patio furniture.

Reluctant to call local authorities who may not treat him humanely but knowing that she could not lawfully keep him, Tabitha eventually contacted “Sacramento City Animal Control to come pick him up and then reached out to Farm Sanctuary to help ensure that he found a loving home from there.”

Taken to Farm Sanctuary’s California shelter, he received the name of Justin after singer/songwriter Justin Young, who serenaded guests at Farm Sanctuary’s “Celebration FOR the turkeys”.

For now Justin resides at Farm Sanctuary’s hospital where he was treated with antibiotics for “fluid in his lungs”. Farm Sanctuary reports that he loves to eat “yummy hay” and can often be found napping in it as well, and can often be found “curled up in his large feed bowl”.

After his medical treatments, Justin will be integrated into the main goat herd and happily live out his days in roaming the green pastures of Farm Sanctuary!

For the full story and more pictures, visit:



Three calves were recently rescued by National Shelter Director Susie Coston.

Susie Coston reports, When I entered the stockyard to witness the live animal auction, I knew it would be disturbing and a terrible reminder of what happens each and every day to innocent farm animals.”

By-products of the dairy system, hundreds of calves were “frantically searching for their mothers”.

One of the newborns was a “downer” too sick to make it to the sorting area. No more than a few days old, the poor little calf had collapsed near the loading dock, filthy and shivering. It was less than 20 degrees outside and the barn wasn’t heated. But no one helped him.”

Susie Coston vowed to help this tiny calf as the auction started. She would find two more that she would rescue.

Terrorized, the calves are treated most inhumanely by being struck with wooden canes on their backs to get them into different pens. They are also shoved and prodded so that the potential buyers can get a better look.

Of the two additional calves rescued, One was especially frantic. He was very sick and his weak legs kept buckling under him as he made his way into the auction pen. The stockyard workers prodded him to try to get him to stand, but he could not.

The audience mocked him.“The buyers laughed even louder when they saw the other calf I would soon rescue. At just 37 lbs, this little one is literally the smallest calf I have ever seen. But what you and I see as a helpless baby in need, agribusiness deems worthless.

The bidding on both these calves went down to $0. The people called them ‘trash’.”

Fortunately, with the help of Susie Coston, these calves found a safe haven. These so-called “worthless” animals were rescued and “rushed” for “immediate veterinary care”.

For the full story, including a link to donate, visit:



Jay is a bull who was rescued by Farm Sanctuary in 2010 after he survived a truck crash.

Sirens, flashing lights and feelings of terror set the scene on an Indiana interstate early last month when a transport truck holding 34 cattle crashed into another vehicle and burst into flames. Of the traumatized survivors, several were found walking along the highway in a daze.” Some, severely injured, “lay helplessly on the ground, slowly dying from their injuries. Eighteen others didn’t even make it out of the wreck at all.”

Despite being traumatized and covered with “excruciatingly painful burns”, this 2-year-old Holstein bull ran for his life, leading “authorities on a 12-hour chase before finally being captured and taken to a local animal shelter. From there, with area citizens rallied behind him and pleading for his life, the bull was spared the fate of his fellow crash victims and relinquished to Farm Sanctuary instead”.

Farm Sanctuary reports, “Knowing that the bull was likely terrified, suffering and in desperate need of expert medical attention, our Emergency Rescue Team set off immediately to pick him up and transport him straight to the Cornell University Hospital for Animal’s state-of-the-art facilities in New York for emergency care. When he arrived, the terrified bull was in even worse shape than we imagined, so doctors swiftly started him on antibiotics, IV fluids and medications to manage his pain while devising a more long term care plan.”

Jay stayed at Cornell for a month where he received treatment for his “head to hoof” burns in a sterile environment. Farm Sanctuary stated, “During this time, we visited Jay to monitor his progress and were always happy to see that his tremendous spirit remained high.”

After further healing due to his high-quality medical care, Jay was transported to his permanent home at New York’s Farm Sanctuary, where he received topical treatments for his burns and was kept out of the sun for a few more months. “He loves nothing more than to run and buck like a young calf” and his energetic personality has come “shining through”.

Farm Sanctuary says, “Jay’s story has certainly not come to end, but it couldn’t have taken a happier turn – all thanks to Farm Sanctuary members and supporters who made everything from his rescue to his treatment at Cornell possible. The generosity of compassionate people who came to Jay’s aid in his most dire time of need helped save his precious life, and we are so thankful that so many people cared so much.”

For the full story and pictures, visit:



Please read THIS article !

Click HERE and HERE !


EFA COTM TREASURY: Etsy for Animals

As we draw close to the end of 2010, today marks the last day of December's Charity of the Month, Farm Sanctuary. Here's a Treasury, created with products tagged: "team efa cotm".

Etsy for Animals
curated by thebluewindmill
Click HERE to visit Treasury !

featuring current EFA members:
theanimalsmagicshop, StitchesandSpools,
Chicadolly, ScrappyRat, KittyanyDots,
WingsDove, FeaturingAnimals,
AstridNicoleEtcetera, MighnightRabbits
and guests

EFA TEAM TREASURY: fairies & friends

curated by AubreyMade
Click HERE to visit Treasury !

featuring current EFA members:
Wind & Honey, scrappyrat, fairiegood,
thefaeriecupboard, thebluewindmill,
elizabethruffing, mvegan5, QueenBe,
TaraFlyPhotos, HappyShackDesigns,
aeruffing, walkonthemoon,
brizel4TheAnimals plus guests

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Advertise with Team EFA !

Start the New Year with a wonderful opportunity...

Advertising, in the form of an Etsy mini 1x1, is now available for purchase by EFA team members for display on EFA's website Sponsor page and/or EFA's Challenge Blog . Etsy minis are most effective when shop owners choose to rotate the featured item which appears in the number #1 position during the advertising time period.

There will be a maximum of 12 advertising slots available with the advertising time period starting on the 1st of each month. Members can book an advertising slot for up to 3 months at a time, either at the rate of $15/mo or for $40/ 3 month commitment. Payment must be received before the advertising is placed on the website or blog.

If you'd like to book a slot- please contact our Team Leader, (click here for CONTACT US link) with your booking request and include the following information:

1) Desired advertising time period (1, 2 or 3 months);

2) Location of advertising (website or blog)

3) Your Etsy member number. Find your number by going to your public shop, then click on "See who favorites this shop" on the left side. Your number is the last part of the URL in the address bar.

Once approved & availability is confirmed... your payment ($15, $30 or $40) can be sent to Paypal address: veganmichele (at) yahoo (dot) com

Funds raised through advertising will go towards paying EFA Team costs, such as our Monthly MadMimi Newsletter & website hosting costs. Should we have a regular overage of funds then a portion of the proceeds will be equally divided over that time period and a donation sent to each corresponding Charity of the Month.

Support the EFA Team

whilst promoting your Etsy shop !

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Hey Team!
Hope everyone is enjoying their holidays!!
It's time to enter our new challenge for the new year!! Yeah!

For January 2011, we have a great season-inspired theme called-- (drumroll please)..."WinterWonderland"!

Depict your favorite, cute white winterland animals or flowers! Think... tones of white ! Think... cold, think... warm, think... adorable furries! Think of... lovely winter landscapes or create a wonderful snugly indoor craft!

Theme is open to artist interpretation so use your imagination!!

Share your wonderful talents with the world, or at least our team, and promote your store!

Need more inspiration?
Try poetry...

Winter garden
by Matsuo Basho

"Winter garden,
the moon thinned to a thread,
insects singing."


The Snow Storm
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden's end.
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier's feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of Storm."

If you are an EFA member &
would like to submit an entry...
click HERE for instructions !

Heather of thebluewindmill

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


"out with the old, in with the new"

curated by thebluewindmill
click HERE to view this Treasury

featuring Challenge entries by:
fairycardmaker, catcalls, AubreyMade,
VivaLeChat, LolaLynn, Mvegan5,
brizel4TheAnimals, thebluewindmill,
ShaggyChic, DebbieAremDesigns, faeriegood

plus additional members:
featuringanimals, ekneverfeltbetter,
thefrogbag, bewhiskered, and

Monday, December 27, 2010


A new year is almost upon us !

Below you will find the new themes
for EFA's Monthly Challenges...
We look forward to seeing your entries
on the Challenge blog throughout 2011 !


January 2011
"Winter Wonderland"
... depict white winterland animals or flowers.
Tag your listing with: teamefawinter

February 2011
"Companions Corner"
... pay homage to your non-human companions and family.
Tag your listing with: teamefacompanion

March 2011
"Sweet Shelter & Cozy Comforts"
... depict 'homes' or things for the home, us or 'theirs'.
Tag your listing with: teamefashelter

April 2011
"Raining Cats and Dogs"
... rain rain rain... things to do with cats, dogs & lots of rain.
Tag your listing with: teamefaraining

May 2011
"Flora and Fauna"
... show off your regional wildlife: flowers and/or animals.
Tag your listing with: teamefaflora

June 2011
"Off to the Beach"
... show us a day out at the beach !
Tag your listing with: teamefabeach

July 2011
"In the Deep Blue"
... a great month to display Oceanic & Sea-fluenced products
Tag your listing with: teamefadeepblue

August 2011
"Reptiles Rock!"
... its time for the reptiles to come out.
Tag your listing with: teamefareptiles

September 2011
"On The Farm"
... feature farmland or animals that can be found on the farm
Tag your listing with: teamefafarm

October 2011
"Things that go Bump in the Night"
... Creatures of the night unite !
Tag your listing with: teamefanight

November 2011
"Thanks for the Smiles"
... products that have humour & make one smile :)
Tag your listing with: teamefasmiles

December 2011
"Treats and Toys"
... what the animals want for the holidays !
Tag your listing with: teamefatreats

Click HERE for directions on

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