Friday, November 18, 2011

For the love of animals...

If you know me, you know I am passionate about animals. I am a firm believer in rescuing animals from shelters as opposed to buying from breeders. If you do a little research, you will see there are pure bred animals available at most, if not all shelters (Humane Society estimates 25% of animals taken in are pure breeds). Shelters, Animal Care and Control, Rescues - they are all maxed out. Resources are scarce and budget cuts continue. If you can - do something today to help homeless animals. Shelters always need volunteers and various supplies and food, there will probably have a wish list on their website.

I'm also a firm believer in spaying and neutering pets as well as TNR (Trap Neuter Return) for feral and stray cats.

I think you would be too if you understood how many animals are put to death in this country and the manner in which it is done. It is estimated that 3 to 12 million pets per year are killed (depending on the source of the information). In THIS country, the United States - shameful, pitiful, and in my opinion - embarrassing. The animals are "humanely euthanized" which is rarely humane. They are often dragged to the death room to be injected and in many states are even gassed in groups - still - in this day and age.

I do what I can to help. Besides all my pets being rescues from shelters, I try to support rescue organizations and those that support rescues. One of those if Pennies-4-Paws, a non-profit fund raising for many organizations in need. If you use Facebook, they have a page there as well.

Please... please if you have pets, make sure they are spayed/neutered - for anyone that cannot afford it, there are many organizations in the U.S. that are low cost. Many areas even have programs in place that assist low income families. There is no reason or excuse to have pets that are not spayed/neutered.

The ornaments and pins you see here have all be donated to Pennies-4-Paws for their fund raising efforts to help our furry friends in need. Here are a couple of other favorites of mine: Shadow Cats Rescue; Best Friends Animal Society; No Kill Advocacy Center; The Grace Foundation of Northern California. All have Facebook pages if you are so inclined.

First up is a bone ornament. The "bone" is ceramic and was created by Fire and Fused. I glued it to yellow colored bead backing by Nicole and added glass beads in yellow/gold and purples.

I added a Czech glass heart bead at the top of the ornament and backed it with mustard colored Ultrasuede

It measures just over 3 inches wide.

Next is this brown bone is embellished with a combination of blue and brown beads as well as vintage sequins.

It is backed with chocolate brown Ultrasuede

A heart... for cats - this ceramic heart was also created by Fired and Fused

The heart measures a little big larger, 3 1/2 inches across and a bit weighty with all those glass beads

Czech and Japanese glass beads have been added as well as these glass cat face beads and a metal bead of a cat with one paw up.

Larger metal round beads were added to the fringe with carved garnet heart beads

Then backed with red Ultrasuede.

It was hard to part with the raku cat by Lisa Peters, but I have had it for a couple of years and I think it will server a better purpose in raising funds for cats that need help rather than sitting in a box here just because I like it.

It is embellished with sequins, a Swarovski crystal and glass seed beads.

It has a beautiful ceramic heart charm (also created by Lisa Peters) hanging from it.

I made this one into a brooch/pin. I thought it would look great worn by a cat rescuer.

Last in the group is this cute poodle pin.

It is embellished with vintage sequins and various glass seed beads.

This heart charm is one of my favorites by Lisa. The colors are amazing!

This one is backed with dark gray Ultrasuede


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Gorgeous work, as always, Grace. You do a lot to promote animal shelter awareness. I am with you 100%. I have supported my fave, Pet Refuge, in Mishawaka for 40 years. We can NEVER do too much.

Sandy Russell said...

Grace thanks so much for your blog post about rescueing and fixing pets. Your work as always is beautiful. I'll have to check where they are being offered and bid!

Anyway I thought I would let you know that I volunteer for Chihuahua Rescue and Referral in Washington State. Right now our very small 501c3 group has 70 plus Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes for adoption. We never put down a dog just because we can't get it adopted. We have about a half dozen of them now and they live in our homes as one of our own. Our big fund raiser of the year is our Chihuahua Festival in July. We are looking for other ways to raise funds for our vet bills so I'll be checking out the sites you've shared.

Thanks for all you do for so many different groups,

Andra said...

Grace, Imagine my happiness to learn that you made the cat pin that I got from Pennies for Paws. It was part of m Mother's Christmas gift. Thank you for an amazing piece of jewelry. My Mom loves it!

Leaves of Grass

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman