Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Piece for Shelter Pets



October 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) that need “ furrever” homes. It is an unusual combination but one that is working beautifully to help our furry friends.  

Armando from Missouri
These quilters are animal lovers and are helping shelter animals in ways that are new and unique.  

So join us in the October Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and see how we are helping and how you can help. 

We invite you to
 “Piece for Shelter Pets”





It all began with The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) who partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to form the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team after Hurricane Sandy. TQPM helped animal shelters in New York and New Jersey affected by disasters by sending Kennel Quilts for the displaced animals. Since then the program has continued to grow and over 8000 Kennel Quilts have been sent to shelters all over the US and Canada. There are over 900 members on the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team.  Join our Team here!

 

Our little “SpokesKitty”  Pretty Girl is an HSPPR (The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region) adoptee photographed on her Kennel Quilt during the 2013 Colorado fires! Who could resist that sweet face?







There are so many stories about Kennel Quilts and I wish I could share them all but you would be reading forever. The Kennel Quilts bring joy not only to the furry friends, but to the shelter staff and the volunteers. They see warm comfy bright “spots” all around during traumatic times. It also lets the shelter staff know that they are not the forgotten victims as sometimes animals are. Making the Kennel Quilts brings joy to the quilters as they are joining a larger effort to help their animal friends in times of need by doing what they love. 

Toby from Colorado

They say pictures are worth a thousand words, so here are some that show Kennel Quilts and the happy recipients from shelters all over the United States. These are just a few of many.


Eunice from New York     
Onyx from Missouri



Socks from New York











Pug from Texas  

Ori and Ziggy from Louisiana
                           






 Puppy from Pennsylvania
  












 


To help with this endeavor, Aurifil Theads became the first partner and offered a Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit with Pretty Girl on the cover. The threads are all pet colors which are neutrals. 






 They 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.

Holly from Canada
Gary from Italy










Bernina of America  was the next partner and created a special edition Best Friends sewing machine featuring paw prints on the face plate. They have donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.







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








 Fifi and Fido Kennel Quilt






 

                 


        Happy Hounds Kennel Quilt
                                             






 


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



 






Benartex  has jumped onboard and will introduce new fabrics at International Quilt Market which will benefit the Petfinder Foundation. 


                                                         The Joey Collection






All these companies are sending the same message that Shelter Animals need our help and we can “Piece for Shelter Pets” to bring them some peace during a tough time in their life. 


There are so many shelter animals that want a home. 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 as you can see by 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.

The schedule is below:

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 



We are offering some great giveways, so don’t miss a single one. Thank you for stopping by and please support "Piece for Shelter Pets"!


36 comments:

  1. Love using my leftover quilt fabric to make these quilts

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    1. We agree! It is a wonderful way to use up your scraps! Thank you for helping our furry friends!

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  2. As a quilter and a dog lover, I think this is a great idea!

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  3. We do too and we hope you will join in. Thank you!

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  4. Great ideas - we had a lovely puppy from a shelter - she was with us for 13 years - great dog! I still miss her!

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    1. Shelter Puppies are the best and we are so glad she found you. It is so hard when they are gone as they leave pawprints on our hearts.

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  5. Yes,we are rescue pet parents. A three legged Maine Coon cat found on Petfinder. Clarence had both front legs injured in a steel jaw trap placed out of trapping season. Vets could not save his right front leg. He is the most loving cat. He is almost dog like,and licks us alot.He wakes my husband up every morning 30 minutes before alarm goes off at 4, by licking the back of his neck. Thanks for all your support of the rescue pets and such a great giveaway.

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    1. Good for you and so glad you chose Clarence for your home! Thank you for the kind words! All shelter animals deserve a loving home.

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  6. We got our GSD from a rescue organization. She was found after the wildfires of California. When we first got her she was so skittish and afraid of men and of course did not know the name the shelter gave her. She has been with us for 7 years now and is so wonderful. She adores my husband and is very loyal and protective of me.

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    1. Thank you for saving her and giving her a wonderful home!

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  7. All of my dogs (5 over the last 30 years) have come from shelters. We have loved every one of them!

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    1. Thank you for saving so many. Shelter dogs are very special indeed. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Wonderful news. Looking forward to the hop. Thanks for all you do to help Pets living in shelters, in so many ways.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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    1. It is exciting with so many in our industry want to help our furry friends. Thank you for your kind words!

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  9. My first rescue was my beloved Kitty (rescued as a kitten, he was a real love-bug-sweetheart, member of the family for 19 years!)
    He died last summer (I still miss him SO much!!!)
    This past summer I opened my heart and home to one of the two adult cat rescues that my son had taken into his home... (When the two cats began to have problems getting along, I adopted the aggressor... ) With lots of love, no stress, and undivided attention, she is now my sweetheart-love-bug quilt helper!!
    "We" are making pet quilts for a shelter that works hard to help these sweet little friends and their adoptive "parents"!
    Thank you, for all the wonderful work you do!!!

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  10. I am the proud owner of a pet that was abandoned at my local vet. Savannah came to live with me last Thanksgiving. We love each other a lot.

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  11. Great plan. I need to make some kennel quilts. My first dog, Taylor, and present dog, Hazel, were both adopted from North Shore Animal League, and I do plan to adopt again. Thanks!

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  12. Our next pet will be a shelter animal
    Caltexgal@aol.com

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  13. Our dog Dolly was a rescue from the shelter, she needs a new quilt, she ate her first one☹️️. She's 2 now and I think she's over the chewing stage.

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  14. I started saving all my small scraps of fabric and batting to use for filling in smal pet beds. My first rescue was as a child, my father bringing a pit bull to NY from Florida. Paddy was the best dog a child could have growing up. Then when I had kids we got Wilbur (pit bull Dalmatian mix) who smiled at everyone and thought he was the parent to any animal we had. We had Charlotte (pit bull) join us, we almost didn't get her as one guy wouldn't let us even look at her because we had kids. Talked with the other gentleman and had Charlotte meet our family. The kisses sealed the deal. We had them both for over 13 years. They were family, miss them.

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  15. Yes I'm a pet rescue parent our Brady is 4 now he's having a happy life no sad story adopted from a kill shelter as a puppy 🐶 Know nothing but love but he does give me the sad face for extra cookies I think kennel quilts is a great idea next on my list

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  16. We aren't a shelter pet rescue parents, but we do have a rescue cat as a pet. We live in the country, and about 10 years ago, some one threw a puppy and a kitten out of their car window. We were able to rescue both of them - we kept the kitten and our neighbors took the puppy. He has turned out to be the sweetest cat ever. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  17. Having worked at our local shelter, I commend you for this effort to give a little comfort to those animals. I am going to start sewing kennel quilts here in Santa Cruz.

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  18. Our house is filled--quite literally--with shelter pets. We have four shelter dogs, and we adopted a pregnant cat and kept all four of her kittens, so although they were born in our closet, I think they qualify as well.

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  19. 2 of my doxies are rescue petsOne was rescued from some horrible people. The man felt guilty about just throwing him outside with their 2 big dogs that wouldn't let him eat and the woman was horrible.She even gave him a kick in front of me, she said she hated him because he wasn't a miniature

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  20. My kitty, Allie, was adopted from a shelter by my daughter and her college roommates almost 14 years ago. My daughter made sure her father and I would take Allie after graduation. She's a sweetheart (both my daughter and my cat).

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  21. I have two rescue dogs, and have had other rescues over the years. I'll be making some kennel quilts for our local shelter. Wonderful idea!

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  22. My husband and I own two shelter cats - from a shelter he used to work at. I have some UFOs that would make great kennel quilts. Hmm...

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  23. One of my Fur-ever friends is purring at my elbow. She and her sister came from the pet shelter last summer, and their "big" brother knocked at the door last December. My house isn't a home without purrs and cat hair.
    I used to tease my mom that it is written on the back storm door (in invisible ink) "Old softie, good eats, soft beds." There have been lots of strays wash up at this house.

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  24. My daughter has a Boggle and I love spending time with him. He likes all the attention!

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  25. We are rescue parents! Both our dog and our cat are rescued pets! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  26. Yes, I currently have a rescued dog and cat. My collie is from Tri-State Collie Rescue and my cat was adopted from Campbell County, VA Humane Society via PetSmart. The folks at the Lynchburg Petsmart were kind enough to let us take the cat we were thinking about and our dog into a break room to see if the cat could handle a young, nosy collie. The kitty couldn't have cared less about the dog, so she was ours! Bertie (cat) and Jazz are both 10 years old now and definitely a "pack". When other cats are in the yard, Bertie will call Jazz to come out and chase them off. They are just too funny. I swear I have the only cat that knows GO, TABLE, FLAT. She would watch while we practiced agility and when I told the dog to go table, the cat ran up and did it faster just to mess with the dog.

    Our previous pets were also rescues from shelters or people who had adopted from shelters and couldn't keep them.

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  27. I'm excited about this project. So glad to have found this!

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  28. I am the proud parent of a rescue. We had 2 but lost our beloved Deogie this year after 17 yrs. She brought us so much joy. We are soon to adopt another sister for our lonely Molly. Thanks for bringing awareness. It's so important to give these lovelies homes.

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