Craig Street Cats

This October, we raised funds to support Craig Street Cats, a rescue organization that helps protect and reduce their local stray cat population. There are estimated to be more than 100,000 stray cats on the streets of Winnipeg, where winter temperatures are consistently below freezing. Sadly, many of these cats do not survive the harsh months. NY115_KILLING_WILD_CATS.jpg Through spay/neuter programs and their no-kill shelter, Craig Street Cats volunteers are working persistently to combat the heartbreaking plight of the stray population. Every donation that goes in enables them to make an even bigger difference, so we were ecstatic to be able to send $952.22 ($1043.83 Canadian) to support their programs! Below are some of the hundreds of cats for whom this organization has found lovely homes! 10606273_825736370792718_7103126568606193162_n 481292_822939527739069_8268987281867650362_n 1977294_823435871022768_5682003317949281269_n

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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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!