Thursday, August 11, 2016

Northside Family Fun Fest!


So, you may have noticed it has been very quiet around here and that is because our wee little group has been getting ready for our big event! We will be at the Northside Family Fun Fest Art Fair in North Muskegon from 9-4 on Saturday August 13th. We will be selling our repurposed and upcycled items to make $$ in support of our mission-to help our rescues and shelters with their kitty expenses. Please come see us. The art fair is located in Walker park which is the park between the library and city hall on Ruddiman Dr. We are booth #2. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Why We Are Here

Today I want to introduce you to my best buddy and shadow Rocky.  Rocky is a 10 year old Miniature Pinscher.  I adopted him from Noah Project in December.  Ok, he's kinda cute but what does he have to do with Repurrposed and Pupcycled?  The answer is everything.  Animals like Rocky are the reason we exist.

Rocky came to Noah Project in August from another shelter that had him down to be euthanized because of his age and because he had moderate dental issues which required multiple teeth extractions.  This beautiful creature who sleeps at my feet every night, is absolutely ecstatic to see me even if I've only been gone for five minutes, and never leaves my side was due to lose his life because he had medical issues a shelter could not afford.

The thing is, I don't view the shelter that had him before Noah Project took him in as the bad guy.  The costs of spay/neuter, shots and general care until adoption are substantial to begin with.  Most shelters have an extremely tight budget and thus when dogs like Rocky walk through their doors they have to make the tough decisions.  Do they invest $800+ in this one dog or do they use that money to save four dogs who don't require expensive surgeries?  Exacerbating this problem is the overcrowding in shelters.  No one wants to make the call that an animal must give up its life because of lack of space or medical issues but shelters are frequently tasked with this burden.

Some animals like Rocky are lucky enough to be pulled to a rescue.  These places then take on the responsibility of getting the animals well enough for adoption.  Noah Project set up a Go Fund Me to get Rocky and several other dogs their needed dental surgeries so they could have a shot at a home.  Having spent three years deeply involved in animal rescue, I can tell you people in rescue will leave no stone unturned in helping these animals but they do not have the extra money to put towards expensive surgeries either.  A lot of them do it anyway often helped along by the kindness of local vets who will discount the surgeries or allow them to make payments because they know rescues operate on shoestring budgets.

Our goal is to alleviate the burden as much as we can for local shelters and rescues that are faced with an animal needing teeth extractions, eye removals, leg amputations or other costly medical care.  Right now we are in the very early stages of this organization.  For the five of us it has been a lot of planning, behind the scenes paperwork and meetings and most of all crafting, crafting and crafting some more to get our products ready to go so we can start helping these animals.

We hope that you see the worth in our mission.  If you are inclined to help us there are a few ways:

1) Monetary donations are always welcome.  We have a donate button on our webpage www.repurrposedandpupcycled.org

2) Donate to our yard sale!  Our first sale was a great success and we are having another on July 8th and 9th.  Donations can be dropped off Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at any time at 2388 Shettler Rd, Muskegon, MI.  Also if you are having a yard sale of your own and don't know what to do with what's left we'll be glad to help.  Please contact Sara at 231-740-5351 to arrange pick up.

3) Check out our Etsy page or come see us at one of our events.  We'll help you find that item you didn't know you needed but won't be able to live without. We'll be at Petapalooza in Holland on June 12th and the North Muskegon Art Fair on August 13th.

4) Are you a crafty person?  We'd love to have you join us in making things to sell.  The more items we have available the more money we can make to help these animals.  Besides we have a lot of fun in the process.  The more the merrier!

5) Spread the word!  We want as many people to know about our mission as possible.

And finally if you want to know anything at all or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at repurrposedandpupcycled@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Craft Day #2

We were at it again today-crafting from sun up til sundown in preparation for our first big event.  We will be at West Michigan Petapalooza on June 12th and we can't wait!  Here are some pics from today:
Amy with a whole table full of projects

Trisha works on the Cricut

And the most adorable helper of the day award goes to....Aubree!

We make a big mess but we have lots of fun.

Snack break!

Bigfoot helps with dog toys with limited success....

Sara and Sam make a great team!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hard at Work!

                                                                                                                                                 
Amy working on a pet bed
We are happy to report that by the end of our 2 day yard sale this weekend, we are a little over half way to our goal of $1,500 to cover our start up costs.  It was a fabulous weekend and we had many customers.  We appreciate your support!

Today we are giving ourselves a much needed break and then it is back to work making items for our first event.  We have been holding weekend craft sessions to work on our projects which include everything from pet beds, dog toys, picture frames, home decor items and more.  We can't wait to share pictures of the finished products with you!

We are busy on other fronts as well.  Sara is putting the finishing touches on our official Facebook page and our Etsy store will be launching the first week of May so be sure to check out both.  Thank you for sharing our journey with us.  We're excited for the day our work pays off and we can start helping the animals that are desperately in need.

~Holly