Friday, July 1, 2011

Featured Favorites Friday: The Amazing Artists for Animals Team

First, I owe you all a Sunday Intentional and a Tarot Wednesday.  I'm so sorry, I had the flu :(  I will 100% make it up to you through this coming week!

Second, I'm still giving away TWO tarot readings!  Please stop by MintGreenWithEnvy and enter!

Finally, I'd like to introduce you to one of the most fantastic teams I have every found on etsy, Artists for Animals (A4A).  "We as a team come together to raise funds for animal causes of our choice. We may either have our own animal rescue/shelter or we may simply elect to donate a percentage of our profits to animal-based charities." and this description makes every team-mate someone worthy of praise and respect.  I wish I had the space to feature all of them, but we'll start with four and go from there.

Claudia of CalliopesAttic is one of the team's fearless leaders and her shop not only supports the rescue she helped to found, but also local artisans in New England.

Mixed small heart charms grab bag

Claudia about Calliope Rescue: I founded this rescue group with Brenda Weinstein. Brenda and I were managers of the first no-kill cage-less shelter in the country, the for many years. My years at Gifford showed me the never-ending need for rescue and I wanted to join the front lines. So I did. Calliope Rescue is a no-kill organization. We network with the MSPCA and other rescues to make a difference in the lives we save every day.

Round filigree stamping, black patina

Calliope is the cat that started it all; our muse, our inspiration which drives us to help cats desperately in need - either physically or psychologically. We will strive to help all animals, paying special attention to those who need our support. Our goal is to find all our animals their forever home, where they will be loved, nurtured and healed.
I support Calliope Rescue with my fabulous vintage Neo Victorian compoments

Stacey Young is the founder of the Fabulous Animal Rescue Project, also known as FARP

Big Cat Rescue

Stacey: We have always been devoted to animal rescue/charity work and animal welfare but wanted to find a way to do more. Being artists we are usually short on funds. But fund-raising is something we are good at. It finally accrued to us that we could use our talents to help raise funds. In finding a global community of animal loving artists and the awesome endless reach of the ETSY marketplace, The Fabulous Animal Rescue Project was created.

Lola Lynn Emerald Kitty Pocket Mirror

The Project raises funds for no-kill animal rescue groups, sanctuaries, and shelters. We focus on the smaller groups that often get overlooked. We select a new group every two months. There are also rescue groups as members of the Project and we help raise funds for them indefinitely. We hope that when people read our cards, see our magnets, use our mirrors, and wear our buttons, they will feel inspired by the project to reach out in any way they can to help animals in need.

Suzanne and Patrick of Suzie's Zoo Sanctuary for FELV+ Felines have two shops that help them raise money to care for cats who, while ill, can live love filled and happy lives with the right care.

Invitation to a Vampire Necklace

Suz: We are on Etsy through our 2 shops SuziesZoo and TarotandRunes. ALL of our sales support the needs of the residents of Suzie's Zoo Sanctuary for FELV+ Felines. We are a PRIVATE group that provides love and care for those that have little chance of adoption due to their disease. With proper care under watchful eyes, these furry friends can live long healthy lives.

Semi Precious Rune Set

We began our official involvement in cat rescue in 1995 with normal rescues and adoptions, shortly after we became a referral only rescue handling pregnant females, newborns and orphans. After some time the need became apparent for a sanctuary for kitties with FeLV. We care for those that deserve every wonderful moment possible. We provide love, extra care and great days to kitties with an early expiration date making each day special and as close to purrfectly normal as possible.

Donna, also known as TheCatSlave, is a proud supporter of C.L.A.W.S. Cat Lovers Alliance for Welfare & Sterilization, Inc.

"Starry, Starry Night"

Donna: My first rescue was at age 15, but escalated in the early 90s when a group of us were fighting for pound reform in Nashville, TN. That's when C.L.A.W.S. was founded. Cat Lovers Alliance for Welfare & Sterilization, Inc.
At the time the pound was a house of horrors, forgotten and in a bad location and antiquated beyond anything you can imagine and as bad as it was for dogs (and it was bad), it was truly horrible for the cats. The staff was untrained and care even less.

Carmen Roses New Lavender Hat

The kitties seemed to be hated. We pulled untold numbers out, vetted, spayed or neutered them and constantly ran ads for new, forever homes.

100% of proceeds from sales through Thecatslaves shop, less materials are used to help support the rescue. C.L.A.W.S. depends on donations, the generosity of Mars/Nutro and monies we provide for an always never ending need for funds. Our kitties are displaced ferals, special needs, mal contents with issues and behavior problems. We don't need anything from the kitties but to enjoy their little lives and do their kitty things in a safe environment as long as they live.

Thank you to these artists and all the artists in the A4A Team.  Please take a moment to click through their links, like and heat and if something catches your eye, know that your purchase is helping to support animals in need.  The members of A4A Team have also inspired me, I have a listing in my etsy shop that's 100% donated to Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter.  I hope they inspire you as well, and I'm sure this will not be my last A4A feature!



  1. Kat, thank you so much for featuring my shop in your wonderful blog and yes, it is the most awesome team ever and all with the hearts and souls of dedicated animal lovers.

    Thank you again:)

  2. thanks for showcasing so many great shops. I adopted my kitty from a shelter and love supporting animal causes.

  3. Kat,
    Thank you featuring my shops profile in your wonderful blog.
    I agree, A4A is an awesome team born out of a love and dedication to animals.
    Its so wonderful that Claudia pulled us all together into a team making a real difference.
    Thank you for including me in your blog:)

  4. Awe... thank you so much for including the Project with so many other awesome animal lovin' artists. :D It is an honor for us.

  5. Wonderful blog post Kat! Kudos to those who look out for our animal friends.

  6. Thanks everyone. I really really enjoyed doing this feature. I don't think it will be too long before I do another A4A Friday!

  7. Oh, wow! I am so teary-eyed...
    What a wonderful blog with so many of my favorite people! Thank you so much, Kat!

  8. What a wonderful post!! Some of the most delightful ladies I know!!
    thanks for sharing!!

  9. Really wonderful post! I so enjoyed it! fantastic people and amazing work!

  10. Thank you so much Kat for your wonderful feature of The Artists for Animals Team. It is an amazing group of people who really do walk the walk. I have been priveleged to be a part of this group. I am so grateful to you for shining a light on the work that is done and needs to be done. I'm sure all the animals have already copied your blog into their underground newsletter.