If you follow my blog you know that our pets are a huge part of our family. So when my friend Jeanette from Country Design Style and Hometalk asked me to take part in their 2nd Annual Thrift Benefit I of course said yes!
Here is my furry family:
And we’ve recently lost our two cats.
Throughout the years, they have all come to us through different ways.: the Humane Society, Petfinder.com, and area rescues.
Since our pets are so near and dear to our hearts, and since we are all suckers for animals, we started volunteering at our local Humane Society a few years ago. You learn a lot by volunteering, like how many animals are surrendered each year; how many animals are not spay or neutered when they’re dropped-off; how in need of volunteers rescues are; and how little money rescues have to provide for these animals.
When people find out that we are volunteers, I hear over and over again how they could never do it — it would make them too sad. Is it overwhelming to see all of these sad and frightened little faces looking at you for help? I’m not going to lie … at first yes.
But when I leave there, do I feel that I accomplished some good? Absolutely.
We are fortunate to have a beautiful new building for the Humane Society in our town, but no matter how nice the facility, whenever a pet is uprooted from their home and their family, it is a traumatic experience. Sometimes, just sitting down with a cat or a dog and snuggling with them helps them calm down, and they are then more adoptable when people come to look at them.
Also, there are just not enough volunteers to walk them all as frequently as needed. If a dog is potty trained, he will hold it for hours and hours like he’s been trained … but then when he gets a chance to leave his kennel, he’s wound-up and ready to take care of business (not the best first impression for potential forever parents). Having volunteers there to take them out for exercise and potty breaks makes them happier and more calm .. making them more adoptable.
There are so many different volunteer jobs — everything from washing food dishes, to working in the office, to helping with obedience training, to socializing puppies.
If you don’t have time to volunteer and financial donations are more your speed, you can always go to your rescues, and they can give you a list of everyday supplies they are needing.
Our assignment on the Thrift Benefit was to find a local thrift store that gives some of its proceeds to local pet shelters and purchase something there to makeover.
Sadly, I couldn’t find any local thrift stores that did that, so I decided to just buy something at Goodwill and make it over to sell and give the proceeds directly to the Humane Society.
I found this wine crate for $2.
I removed part of the slats and then sanded the whole thing down. I then stained the whole thing and coated it in a poly.
I then took an old pillow I had and covered it in this cute fabric covered in dogs.
It makes the perfect dog bed. I do think I am going to have a hard time getting Charlie out of it so that I can sell it!
Make sure you check out all of my other bloggy friends below who are participating!