For Day 7 of 12 Days of Giveaways, it’s all about giving back. Today, we’re supporting a fundraiser created by My Dirty Paws for Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, a rescue group based in San Francisco. We’re supporting the fundraiser in two ways. First, by purchasing and then giving away two adorable tote bags (from My Dirty Paws), where all proceeds go to the rescue. And second, by hosting a commentathon. Read on to see how it works and then enter our giveaway!
Raising Awareness for Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue
My Dirty Paws is an art project about shelter and rescue animals created by artist Stacy Tang. If you’re a longtime reader, you’ve likely seen me feature Stacy’s touching art before. She was inspired to start My Dirty Paws to document the lovely souls that she met while volunteering at animal shelters.
A few years ago, Stacy researched where some of the local and most at-risk shelter animals ended up. She discovered Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue. GMS is a small San Francisco-based rescue group run mostly by volunteers. They pull at-risk cats from local Bay Area shelters and place them in their network of foster homes. Because of GMS, many “difficult” cats have finally had the chance to decompress in a home environment and eventually be adopted.
Stacy notes that since GMS is mostly volunteer-run, they lack the marketing & PR resources to do effective fundraising compared to bigger organizations. To help raise awareness, Stacy uses her artistic talent to illustrate many of the GMS cats through My Dirty Paws.
Here are some of her illustrations: Emily, Sherlock & Wanda, Luna, and Mighty.
Are U Kitten Me? Fundraiser
Another way that Stacy has supported Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue is by starting a fundraiser by designing the Are U Kitten Me? Casual Tote. All proceeds from the tote bags go to Give Me Shelter.
You can purchase the tote bag at the My Dirty Paws store to support the Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue fundraiser.
- The bag is 100% cotton
- Handles have stress-point reinforced stitching
- Machine washable
- Measures 15.75″ tall by 15.25″ wide
For everyone who leaves a comment on this blog post (regardless if you enter the giveaway), I will make a $1.00 donation to Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue – with the goal of reaching 100 comments. If comments go over 100, I’ll play it by ear and will keep everyone updated.
The commentathon will run longer than the giveaway entry period to encourage as many comments as possible. The commentathon closes December 16, 2020 at 5:00pm Pacific.
I have purchased two Are U Kitten Me? Casual Tote bags (all proceeds going to Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue). Two lucky readers will each receive one tote bag. Simply enter a blog comment below and then enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter. This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. (full details below).
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents, 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 December 11, 2020 at 5:00pm Pacific.
I can’t have a post on a cat blog without showing a cat. This is Casper, whom Stacy adopted in 2014 from Peninsula Humane Society, where she volunteered. Casper is very mellow, gentle and affectionate. He loves cuddling and is crazy about bread crumbs. What a handsome boy he is!