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Piece for Shelter Pets

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piece-for-shelter-pets-main-graphicOctober is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and some quilt-industry professionals are partnering with the Petfinder Foundation to create awareness of shelter dogs (and cats) who need “furrever” homes. It is an unusual combination, but one that is working beautifully to help our furry friends.

These quilt-industry professionals are animal lovers and have partnered together to help shelter animals in ways that are new and unique. So join us in the Piece for Shelter Pets Blog Hop and see how we are helping and how you can help.

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A Missouri shelter dog on his Kennel Quilt

The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) — an international online-only publication — partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to form the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team after Hurricane Sandy. The two organizations help animal shelters affected by disasters by sending Kennel Quilts for the displaced animals.

Sewing essentials are needed for Kennel Quilts, and Aurifil Threads, Bernina USA, Island Batik Fabrics, Quilty Box and Benartex Fabrics have joined the TQPM Kennel Quilt effort to help the Petfinder Foundation.

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Aurifil’s Kennel Quilt thread kit

Aurifil Threads created a Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit last year and will be introducing two more thread collections at the International Quilt Market in Houston this month. A portion of sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation.

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Bernina’s Special Edition Best Friend sewing machine


Bernina of America
created a special-edition Best Friends sewing machine this year featuring paw prints. They donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.

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One of Island Batik’s Fifi and Fido fabrics

Island Batik is introducing two new animal fabric lines at International Quilt Market. A portion of sales will go to the Petfinder Foundation.

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A special-edition Quilty Box with everything to make a Kennel Quilt

Quilty Box will offer special TQPM Kennel Quilt boxes and the Petfinder Foundation will be the recipient of a portion of their sales.

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Benartex’s Joey the Shop Dog fabric

Benartex will introduce new fabrics at International Quilt Market which will benefit the Petfinder Foundation.

These quilt-industry professionals are animal lovers and have partnered together to help shelter animals in ways that are new and unique. It is a way to join a larger effort to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. We are reaching out to our quilting friends to ask for support and help for our furry friends.

There are so many shelter animals who need homes. This is a great time to check with your local shelter for your “furrever” friend — or you can check out Petfinder.com. However, if you can’t adopt at this time, there are numerous other ways to help and that will be shared on all our blogs. Please join us in this effort and remember to adopt — don’t shop!

We hope you will read all the stories from the different companies.

Blog Hop Schedule:
10/5 – The Quilt Pattern Magazine/Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots
10/7 – Aurifil
10/12 – Island Batik
10/14 – Quilty Box (instagram)
10/19 – Benartex
10/21 – Petfinder Foundation

Petfinder 20th Anniversary Celebration

For the past 20 years, Petfinder has helped 25 million pets find their families through adoption. They wanted to use this moment to celebrate their incredible legacy with their shelter and rescue-group members while inspiring a new generation of pet lovers, just like you. They created a video and pledged to donate $250,000 to the Petfinder Foundation if the video reached 1.25 million views by Oct. 24, 2016. Thanks to the dedication and inspired help of the masses, they have already reached their goal! The donated funds will reward 25 shelter and rescue-group members with $10,000 grants, allowing them to keep doing the amazing work that they do!

Enter to Win a Prize Package from All Five Sponsors!

Visit each sponsor and then enter to win here! Giveaway runs through Tuesday, Oct. 25. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Prize #1:
1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Island Batik’s Fifi & Fido
1 LG Fifi & Fido Aurifil Thread Collection
1 Subscription to Quilt Pattern Magazine
One 3-month Subscription to Quilty Box
One Petfinder Foundation Bundle (Petfinder Foundation t-shirt, car cling and wristband)
One Joey the Shop Dog Bundle (fabric, a wristband, a button, and a window decal)

Prize #2:
1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Island Batik’s Happy Hounds
1 LG Happy Hounds Aurifil Thread Collection
1 Subscription to Quilt Pattern Magazine
One Petfinder Foundation Bundle (Petfinder Foundation t-shirt, car cling and wristband)
One Joey the Shop Dog Bundle (fabric, a wristband, a button, and a window decal)

Happy World Spay Day!

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Today, Feb. 25, is World Spay Day 2014!

Happy World Spay Day! We’re working with the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and other organizations to get the word out that spaying and neutering saves lives — and you can help!

Through the end of February, animal organizations are hosting low-cost spay/neuter events in an effort to sterilize a total of 60,000 pets, feral cats and street dogs around the world. Find a low-cost spay/neuter event near you.

You can help spread the word! Here are some easy ways to raise awareness:

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After dogs and cats, rabbits are the companion-animal species most likely to end up in U.S. shelters.

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Download “Give” to Help Pets!

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Malea and her beloved adopted dog, Oscar.

Check out a special guest post from recording artist Malea McGuinness — then learn how you can help animals while treating yourself this holiday season!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”―Mahatma Gandhi

This quote was relevant when it was first said and is just as relevant now. We are evolving, but perhaps not as quickly as we could be.

Animals have always had a deep place in my heart, even during times in my life when I was unable to have pets. Maybe in some ways I have identified with rescue animals because I myself needed to be rescued early in my life.

When I made my transition from Broadway actress to singer/songwriter, I started volunteering at The Amanda Foundation, a rescue group in Los Angeles. This is really where I was exposed to all the animals who came in from shelters, puppy mills, dog fighting, etc. I learned how important it was to spay and neuter, as The Amanda Foundation was one of the first rescues I knew of to have its own spay/neuter truck. I also learned about the importance of tagging and microchipping your pets. [Learn more about why Petfinder believes all pets should wear collars and tags.] I also learned that one person can make a difference, and I was so fulfilled seeing animals go off to their forever homes, knowing that, in a small way, we volunteers had helped them on their way.

When I became busier with my touring schedule, I started working with different animal foundations and societies around the country. My experiences showed me that I could best help by raising money and awareness for this cause, by doing my music and being an animal advocate.

My latest song, “Give,” has to do with the season of giving. It reminds me of this time of year five years ago, when a dog named Oscar came into The Amanda Foundation just as we were closing, right before everyone was going home for the holidays. He was 10 years old, a Pit Bull mix with a brindle coat, and his owners didn’t want him anymore — he was too old for them, they said. He was crying and I tried to console him by taking some warm blankets out of the dryer and wrapping him up and putting him in my lap. We just hung out there in his kennel until I had to go home. I adopted Oscar a few months later. He had a special talent: He could make anyone — even the most vehement anti-dog person — a dog lover.

There’s so much to be grateful for this holiday season — it’s been an eventful year for me, giving birth to my daughter Grace a few months ago. We as humans have the power to help so many who need our help. I wrote this song, “Give,” while on my “Save A Life Adopt A Pet” tour last year. While traveling across the country I had the pleasure of meeting many inspiring people who give whatever they can to help animals. And like I say in the song, “We’re all in this together.”

–Malea McGuinness

Want an extra way to help pets? Download Malea McGuinness’s song “Give” below and she’ll donate $1 per download to the Petfinder Foundation through Dec. 30, 2013.

Learn more about Malea:

www.maleamusic.com

www.facebook.com/maleamusic

www.twitter.com/maleamcguinness

A Heartwarming Holiday Puppy Tale

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Looking for a heartwarming holiday story that celebrates the power of pets to change our lives? Check out Home for Christmas: A Golden Christmas 3. Donate $50 or more and we’ll send you a DVD copy of this heartwarming story about love, loss, hope … and how a puppy can turn even the most unlikely Scrooge into a true believer. (You can also buy the movie here.)

The DVD’s distributor, Gaiam, is a proud supporter of the Petfinder Foundation’s work on behalf of homeless pets across North America. We are so grateful to Gaiam for their generosity.

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Send Holiday Cards that Help Homeless Pets!

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shutterfly_homepageThis holiday season, order custom cards and gifts AND help save the lives of homeless pets, thanks to our partnership with Shutterfly.com. Just visit our new Shutterfly homepage and start shopping — 10% of your purchase price will be donated to the Petfinder Foundation to help us help pets in need.

You can customize any card or gift with photos that feature your pets, but Shutterfly also has some designs that highlight the special role our furry family members play in our lives. Here are our favorites (click on any of the photos below and, if you order prints, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to the Petfinder Foundation).

Happy Pawlidays
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Feliz Naughty Dog
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Wrapped Bone
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Purrrfect Holiday
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Purrrfect Memories
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Bright Paw Lights
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Get MONOPOLY’s New Cat Token and Help Homeless Pets

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Purchase a MONOPOLY game with the new Cat token from HasbroToyShop.com by Nov. 30 and $1 will go to the Petfinder Foundation to help pets in need.

Just in time for your holiday shopping, Hasbro has announced the newest MONOPOLY token – the Cat! And for every MONOPOLY game purchased from HasbroToyShop.com through Nov. 30, the company will donate $1 to the Petfinder Foundation — up to $10,000 — so we can help shelters and rescue groups save more homeless pets.

The Cat was chosen to be MONOPOLY’s newest token after a public online vote in which the feline beat out a helicopter, diamond ring, robot and guitar. The Cat joins the game’s other beloved pet token, the Dog, and in honor of the Cat token joining the MONOPOLY family, Petfinder.com is launching a scavenger hunt with amazing prizes!

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The Cat joins the Dog token.

To play, simply search Petfinder.com to find the adoptable-pet profiles for the Cat and Dog tokens, where you’ll also find your entry for a chance to win. The grand prize for the Adopt a Token sweepstakes is a life-size replica of the Cat token, a $250 gift card for you and a $250 gift card for the Petfinder.com adoption group of your choice. (Learn more about the scavenger hunt here.)

And if you want to get your holiday shopping done early AND help homeless pets, you can purchase a MONOPOLY game from HasbroToyShop.com and know that $1 will help us help pets in need.

Get MONOPOLY’s new Cat token and help homeless pets!

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Enter Wahl’s Dirty Dogs Contest to Win $5K for Shelter Pets!

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Snacks, a Dirty Dogs Contest finalist from last year

Snacks, a Dirty Dogs Contest finalist from last year

Submit a photo of your dog at his dirtiest for a chance to win $5,000 for your favorite shelter or rescue group! It’s all part of Wahl and the Petfinder Foundation’s second Dirty Dogs Contest.

Through Nov. 1, you can submit your dog’s photo via the Dirty Dogs Contest tab on Wahl’s Facebook page. Wahl and the Petfinder Foundation will choose the top 25 photos, and from Nov. 3-19, fans can vote for their favorites. The winner and two runners-up will be announced Nov. 25.

Entry is free and fun! Winners will receive:

• First Place: The grand prize winner will earn a $5,000 grant, plus Wahl grooming supplies, for the animal shelter or rescue group of their choice — as well as a year’s supply of Wahl pet-grooming products and a $100 Wahl gift card for themselves!

• Second and Third Place: Two runners up will each earn $1,000 grants, plus Wahl grooming supplies, for the animal shelter or rescue group of their choice — as well as a Wahl grooming kit and $50 Wahl gift card for themselves!

Enter the Wahl Dirty Dogs Contest now!

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‘R.O.A.R.’ to Double Your Donation for Homeless Pets!

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Get ready to double your impact for homeless pets! If you donate to the Petfinder Foundation through our Global Giving page from Oct. 14-Nov. 12, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. will match your donation dollar-for-dollar.

We’re competing against six other nonprofit organizations during the month-long campaign, during which Animal Planet is matching donations to those charities up to a total of $100,000. The matching funds may run out, so give early and give big!

There are also some FREE ways to help us earn cash for homeless pets: by visiting our Global Giving page and telling your friends to visit it and donate. If we get the most traffic to our page and/or the greatest number of donors during the campaign, we’ll win $5,000 bonus prizes in each category.

To double your donation, visit our Global Giving page any time from Oct. 14-Nov. 12.

‘Like’ us on Facebook to follow us throughout the campaign!

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True-Dose Helps a Retired Greyhound Ease into Home Life

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Our friends at True-Dose are giving $100,000 worth of their True-Dose Calming, Joint and other supplements to shelters and rescue groups! (Are you with an adoption group? Apply for a True-Dose product grant here.).

What’s more, for every bottle you purchase, True-Dose will donate $5 to the Petfinder Foundation — and give you free shipping. Just enter the coupon code PETFINDER at checkout.

True-Dose Calming can help dogs and cats deal with stress caused by separation, thunderstorms, new situations and general anxiety — and it’s easy to administer: just a few drops in your pet’s food. One pet who benefited from True-Dose Calming was Chipper. Duane Jackson, president of NE Ohio Greyhound Rescue, Inc. in Perry, OH, told us Chipper’s story:

“Chipper was a newly retired greyhound. When he came into our program, he was scared to be in a new environment and cried. We gave him True-Dose Calming and he settled down and went to sleep. He often became scared whenever we took him to new places, so the True-Dose Calming helped him. He was recently adopted and his new owners used True-Dose Calming samples to help him settle in.”

Thank you, True-Dose!

Purchase True-Dose products; enter PETFINDER at check-out to earn $5 for homeless pets and get free shipping!

Adoption groups: Apply for a True-Dose product grant.

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Comfort Zone® Products Worked Wonders for Her Cat; ‘Like’ them on Facebook and Help Homeless Pets!

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We’re big fans of Comfort Zone® products, and all month, they’re giving $1 to the Petfinder Foundation — up to $7,000 — for every new “like” of their Facebook page! (Click here to “like” Comfort Zone® products on Facebook now!)

The products — Comfort Zone® with Feliway® for cats and Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) for dogs — combat stress-related behavior by mimicking pheromones the animals themselves secrete and which trigger a sense of security or well-being.

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Best of all, Comfort Zone® products come in sprays or plug-in diffusers, so they’re super easy to use (i.e. no “pilling” an already stressed-out cat!).

Our own Bethany Meissner has seen Comfort Zone® with Feliway® work wonders on her cat Toby. “I’ve used Comfort Zone® with Feliway® to help Toby get over his fear of the carrier,” she says. “Although he doesn’t love car rides to the vet, he now can sit more quietly and doesn’t get as anxious as he used to.”

The product also helped Toby adjust after Bethany’s recent move. “I made sure to use my Comfort Zone® with Feliway® diffuser in the bathroom where Toby lived for the first day,” she says. “Although he hid at first, within a few hours he was happily exploring his new domain.”

Finally, it’s helped Bethany when she’s brought home new cats (she’s fostered seniors for D.C.’s Washington Humane Society). “Not only did Comfort Zone® with Feliway® help the fosters adjust to their new home,” she says, “it helped Toby as he navigated the new smells that came from fosters living in another room. And I always made sure to use a few extra sprays the week the fosters came out of their room and met Toby face-to-face for the first time!”

Without Comfort Zone® with Feliway®, Toby might have exhibited destructive scratching or urine-marking; Comfort Zone® with Feliway® is 95% effective at reducing both stress-related behaviors in cats. In dogs, Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) helps control stress-related barking, digging, chewing and soiling.

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The makers of Comfort Zone® products have heard from dozens of dog parents who’ve seen miraculous changes in their dogs’ behaviors. John R. writes: “My wife and I are completely amazed. Our Lab/Pit Bull mix Marley was uncontrollable, particularly when company was at the house. He would jump all over our guests and we could not calm him down.

“We heard about Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® and tried it as a last resort. Lo and behold, Marley is now a gracious host when we have friends and family to the house. I would personally recommend this product to anyone who wants to live in harmony with their dog!”

Many other pet parents have seen Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® help with their dogs’ fear of thunderstorms, destructive nighttime behavior, separation stress and general “spazzy” behavior.

So try Comfort Zone® products to help your own pets, and “like” Comfort Zone® products on Facebook today to help those still waiting for their forever homes!

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