Day 8 of 12 Days of Giveaways is all about giving back. I live in Southern California, and recently wildfires have affected both Southern and Northern California. When I saw that My Dirty Paws was donating a month’s worth of proceeds from their online shop to help the animals affected by the wildfires, I wanted to help out as well.
So for today’s giveaway, I’m personally sponsoring the product (I am paying for it so that My Dirty Paws can donate the proceeds), and I’m also hosting a commentathon. Read on for how you can help the animals affected by wildfires by simply leaving a comment on the blog – and then enter yourself in the giveaway for an adorable cat-themed tote bag by the talented artist Stacy Tang.
About My Dirty Paws
My Dirty Paws is an art project about shelter and rescue animals created by Stacy Tang. I’ve featured the project on the blog before, and if you’re not familiar with it, I encourage you to read about what inspired Stacy to start it and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
My Dirty Paws – Using art to raise awareness on shelter & rescue animals. I hope these illustrations will encourage people to see the beautiful souls of these animals and motivate more adoptions. mydirtypaws.com
My Dirty Paws Donates to Camp Fire Relief
Through her online shop, Stacy sells My Dirty Paws art prints, posters, buttons, stickers and tote bags. She is donating all proceeds from November 11th through December 11th to North Valley Animal Disaster Group to assist with Camp Fire relief.
Here’s what Stacy said when I asked why she wanted to donate proceeds from her shop.
“When the fire broke out in Butte County, I was so devastated to see how people were losing their homes. What hit me hard was, of course, how many animal companions got injured and separated from their families. The smoke coming from Chico had worsened the air quality so badly in the San Francisco Bay Area (where I reside) that I could only imagine what the people were going through up North. I made a couple monetary donations myself, but I wanted to do more. So, I decided to raise money with my artwork and products. And I chose to donate to North Valley Animal Disaster Group because they are local in Chico.”
My Dirty Paws Artwork
If you’re interested in purchasing something from Stacy’s online shop, and if you do so by December 11th, the proceeds will be donated to North Valley Animal Disaster Group. Here are some examples of items she sells.
Adopt Don’t Shop Pins
Oldies but Goodies Poster
I purchased this fabulous poster earlier this year. Here is Dexter checking it out (he approved). Read on to see what inspired Stacy to design it.
“Oldies but Goodies” is created to celebrate adult and senior cats. All the cats featured in this poster are above 7 years old, including cats that I’ve met in real life, my friends’ cats and my own kitty. It hurts to see that older cats have a much slimmer chance to be adopted due to their age and physical conditions. In fact, they are just as loving, goofy and cute! I hope more people can see them in a new perspective and motivate more adult/senior cat adoptions. mydirtypaws.com
Zen Master Canvas Tote
This is the item I’m purchasing for the giveaway. I snagged the last two tote bags for the giveaway today, so unfortunately this item is sold out. However, Stacy plans to have more in stock sometime next year. She is also designing a more casual tote (think running errands) that will be available around the new year.
The Zen Master Canvas Tote is made of organic cotton canvas and very durable. I gifted one to a friend earlier this year and she loves it and uses it all the time. I also own the adorable tote bag and love it, too. Here’s a close-up of the design.
Commentathon for Woolsey Fire Relief
For everyone who leaves a comment on the blog (regardless if you enter the giveaway), I will make a $1.00 donation to The Humane Society of Ventura County – with the goal of reaching 100 comments! If comments go over 100, I’ll play it by ear and will keep everyone updated.
I chose The Humane Society of Ventura County because they took in and helped animals during the Woolsey Fire in Southern California (and from previous fires as well).
The commentathon closes Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 5:00pm Pacific.
Now, let’s get to the giveaway! I’m giving away one Zen Master Canvas Tote from My Dirty Paws to two lucky winners! Simply enter a blog comment below and then enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter. This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. (details below).
Remember, proceeds from the two giveaway tote bags ($24.99 each) will be donated by My Dirty Paws to North Valley Animal Disaster Group to help with the animals affected by the Camp Fire in Northern California.
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents who reside in the 48 contiguous states, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. Two winners will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email. The winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The giveaway closes on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 5:00pm Pacific.
Know a cat lady or dude who would love this cat tote bag?