ColoRADogs!

Today we donated $1061.80 to ColoRADogs, a Colorado rescue group focused primarily (but not exclusively) on pit bull type dogs. Colorado is unfortunately known for being pretty inhospitable to pit bulls, with breed bans starting to pop up in more and more cities. In addition to rescuing and rehabilitating these misunderstood dogs, ColoRADogs also actively campaigns against the discriminatory BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) that has condemned so many sweet, healthy dogs to death. They are also currently raising funds to purchase a trailer, which will be used to distribute food and other necessary pet care items to homeless, financially struggling, or otherwise disadvantaged animal caretakers. This small but strong group of committed advocates is making a huge difference in the lives of not only the dogs in their care, but also in the lives of all humans and dogs that benefit from their outreach and compassion.

Below are the faces of some of the exceptionally lucky dogs they’ve rescued! You can learn more about this organization (and apply to adopt one of their beautiful pups!) at http://www.coloradogs.org.

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Last Chance For Animals

In July, we donated $555.69 to Last Chance for Animals, a multi-faced, international animal protection and rescue organization. It’s tough to sum up what this incredible organization does, because they are constantly working on so many projects! From investigating puppy mills to organizing fur protests to informing the public about animal testing to campaigning for the release of elephants in captivity to providing emergency care for animals impacted by natural disasters, it’s safe to say this team has had their hands in just about every issue facing non-human animals! For the past 30 years, LCA has been steadfastly committed to direct action, exposing the truth behind cruelty-laden industries, and uncompromising compassion.

Below are some images from a small sampling of their recent campaigns. I encourage you to learn more about their work at http://www.lcanimal.org!

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Building a Sanctuary for Esther The Wonder Pig!

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This past June, we were able to contribute to the fundraiser for Esther The Wonder Pig’s Farm Animal Sanctuary! If you’re unfamiliar with Esther’s story, I fully encourage you follow her adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

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Esther was adopted by her human Dads, Steve and Derek, in 2012. At the time, they were told she was a “micro pig” and would stay tiny. As months went by, it became very clear that Esther was on her way to becoming a full grown, 600 lb pig! Through photos and videos shared by Steve and Derek, Esther’s online popularity grew rapidly. This year, inspired by the world’s love and compassion for Esther (which started inspiring her “fans” to make big changes in their diets), her Dads decided to open a farmed animal sanctuary near Ontario. This sanctuary will become a permanent, loving home for farmed animals that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. Thanks to a fantastic month of sales in The Tree Kisser shop, we were able to donate $1,060.54 to this project!! I can’t wait to see  this sanctuary become a reality over the next year.

Animal Rescue Corps (Part 2!)

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(photos by Amiee Stubbs)

Hello All! I apologize for how long it’s been since I updated this blog! I promise to be more on top of things in the future. Throughout the day, I’ll be sharing details from the projects we were able to support over the summer. Starting with May’s fundraiser for Animal Rescue Corps! You may recall that we donated to ARC back in 2013 after a brief holiday fundraiser, but I decided to help them out again (they are always in major need) now that The Tree Kisser shop has grown and is bringing in more donations.

When we launched this fundraiser, the ARC team had just completed Operation Delta Dogs, a rescue mission at a suspected dog fighting site in Mississippi. They were able to remove 12 abused and neglected dogs from the property. Because most of these dogs experience horrific cruelty at the hands of their criminal captors, it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to rehabilitate them. I’m so grateful that we were able to send $1,143.23 to support their heroic efforts!

I’ve shared a few photos from this rescue mission below, but I encourage you to view the full Operation Delta Dogs album here!

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Animal Aid Unlimited

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On April 19, thanks to sales from The Tree Kisser shop and generous donations from other supporters, we were able to send $1500 to Animal Aid Unlimited, an animal rescue organization in Udaipur, India. Animal Aid Unlimited was founded 15 years ago by an American family that saw a massive need for help. In Udaipur, it is common for dogs, donkeys, cows, and other animals to run loose in the street, a cultural norm that sadly doesn’t mesh well with increasing automobile traffic. Because of this, many of the animals taken in by Animal Aid have severe injuries from being hit or run over by cars.

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Since their creation, Animal Aid has saved tens of thousands of animals who otherwise would most likely have died slow, painful deaths. We are so honored to be able to support their vital work. Please take a moment to check out their fantastic organization on their website or on Facebook!

Pets of the Homeless

(Reposted from my original recap on The Tree Kisser blog)

As many of you know, I donate 10% of sales from The Tree Kisser shop to the Love Infinitely Project Animal Fund, which then allocates money and resources to deserving non-profits. Between Feb 15 – Mar 15, the designated recipient of our help was Pets of the Homeless, a national organization focused on providing food, veterinary care, and other services to companion animals whose humans have become homeless. An estimated 5-10% of homeless people travel with animal companions, so there is a huge need for assistance!

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Thanks to my wonderful customers (as well as a private donation given to the LIP Animal Fund), I was able to donate 510 lbs (17 huge bags!) of nutritious V-Dog Food! The lovely people at V-Dog arranged a rescue discount to help me to purchase as much food as possible with the funds I had available. In fact, they are so supportive that they are also offering a 20% discount on orders placed by my readers! Use code ‘treekisser’ to receive the discount. I definitely encourage you to purchase some for your pups (all four of our dogs eat it and love it!), and/or to send some to one of the Pets of the Homeless distribution centers! In addition to being a compassionate food choice, V-Dog is ideal to donate due to the fact that it is free of most major allergens (no gluten, soy, or corn!).

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My handsome helper (and brother), Ricky

Today, with the help of my wonderful brother Ricky, I delivered the food to PAWS San Diego, a distribution partner for Pets of the Homeless. PAWS is an incredible organization that has been in operation for 20 years! In addition to providing dog and cat food for homeless and low income people, they also deliver pet food to elderly or disabled people who otherwise may not be able to adequately care for their pets. The people at PAWS are doing truly vital work that not only keeps animals healthy and happy, but also keeps pets from being surrendered to shelters due to financial strain.

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Me with the wonderful staff at PAWS San Diego!

In addition to the food we donated, I was able to send an additional $300 to Pets of the Homeless’ veterinary care fund. This will help provide emergency medical care for animals whose homeless human guardians are unable to pay vet bills.

I am beyond grateful for the enthusiasm and support you all have shown that enabled me to put this together! Every order placed through The Tree Kisser shop truly makes a difference in the lives of animals in need. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

To learn more about (or donate to!) one of these wonderful groups, please check out their websites at www.petsofthehomeless.org (Pets of the Homeless) and www.pawssandiego.org (PAWS San Diego).

To purchase V-Dog food or to learn more about their incredible company, please visit their website at www.v-dog.com.

Hand In Paw Rescue

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After a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser through The Tree Kisser shop, we were able to donate $337.19 to Los Angeles based rescue group, Hand In Paw. In only one year of operation, Hand In Paw has already coordinated the rescue of more than 100 dogs! Between the shelter fees, medical exams, and food/toys during the foster period, rescuing animals is VERY expensive. These lives are saved only through donations.

Below are a few before/after photos of some of their lucky pups, but you can see many more on the Hand in Paw website or on their Facebook page!

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