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

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

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