|Rebecca of KneeDeepOriginals|
creates an absolutely awesome card
for Operation Chew Toys !
Last week, we got to find out through websites Poisoned Pets and Truth About Pet Food that there was a animal food drive taking place to benefit Sandy victims within the New York and New Jersey areas. Team EFA posted about this charitable event and in that process found out that sheltered animals were also in special need of toys... to keep them entertained due to being cooped up for long periods of time.
Inspired by a desire to make animals happier... Nicole of Brizel4TheAnimals, Team Captain for Team EFA, spearheaded a pet toy drive within its membership which was dubbed Operation Chew Toys !
|Tricia of UpcycledStuff|
creates 70 pet toys + a draw string bag
from reclaimed t-shirts and fleece fabrics
Tricia of UpcycledStuff jumped at the opportunity to make pet toys from reclaimed fabrics, such as t-shirts and fleece. She even found a "I (heart) NY" t-shirt and made a toy bag out of it !
|Here's Tricia's I LOVE NY draw string bag|
which contains 30 fleece knot cat toys
70 toys later- Tricia was ready to box up these wondrous goodies that she had made for both dogs and cats and shipped them out directly to the NYC Animal Care and Control facility in Staten Island.
|Apart from making 15 circular fleece tugs,|
Tricia also made regular 20 t-shirt and 5 fleece tugs
Likewise, Jen of JenniferLynnProducts was eager to work with fabric and catnip & set about to make 43 toys... from abstract catnip mice to braided snakes and tuggy spiders. These were sent out the Essex Branch Humane Society in Newark, New Jersey.
|Jen of JenniferLynnProducts sunk her teeth |
into making 43 assorted fabric toys.
Nicole of Brizel4TheAnimals has reclaimed a huge bag full of remnant fleece scraps from a clothing manufacturer some years ago and she happily cut strips upon strips to create both straight and looped braided toys. Made small to large in numerous colors- a total of 42 were created. 30 shipped out to the NYC animal care facility and 12 to the Emergency Vet Center of Staten Island who has been diligently making food distributions to those in need in their hard hit area.
|Nicole of Brizel4TheAnimals|
worked with reclaimed fleece fabrics and
produced 42 braided tugs in various colors / sizes
Sharon of SharonFosterArt, Ginger of BarkingDogBlanket and Rebecca of KneeDeepOriginals commissioned Brittany of TheEmPURRium to make 50 multicolored t-shirt dog tugs which she enthusiastically made within two days and added another 10 on top of the pile as her contribution to the cause. All 60 of them went out to the NYC animal care facility in Staten Island.
|Sponsored by 3 EFA members|
Brittany of TheEmPURRium
rushed out to Goodwill to acquire t-shirts
in order to create 50 tugs and then added
another 10 as her donation.
|Sponsored by 4 EFA members|
Sara of BrattyCat1980
created 130 catnip filled sachets
and even added another 20 to our cause
Lisa and Sky of TheAnimalsMagicShop thought it would be fun to send out some stuffed toys as they are very popular within their large family of huskies. As you can see animals are popular... pigs, cow, hedgehog and some footballs too. Tennis balls and a rope tuggy toy also snuck their way into this fun grouping. All 11 toys are being sent to the Emergency Vet in NJ.
|Lisa and Sky of TheAnimalsMagicShop|
donated 11 ready made toys
Carol of FaerieGood is on a creative stint. She's taking this opportunity to try out some fancy dog toy designs that have been wanting manifestation for a while. They are currently in the works and once completed will be sent out to the Humane Society in NJ.
Carol of FaerieGood is working awayon some super deluxe dog toys !
Thanks also to Kelly of KellyWarrenPhotoArt for taking the time to research which shelters and facilities were the most needful of our toys.
Operation Chew Toys successfully sent out over 360 toys... woohoo... which we sincerely hope will be given to the needy sheltered dogs and cats at the earliest opportunity.
Almost everything was shipped out Tuesday November 27th and therefore should arrive well before the end of this week- if not today !
for making this possible !