Help O’Malley and You Could Win a Pet Portrait!

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Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all enjoyed the holiday season! We’ve been spreading the cheer around here, taking the pups to the dog park, feeding the ferals wet food for Christmas, etc. I can’t believe 2011 is just around the corner! We’re super excited to launch our 365 Days of Animal Advocacy on the first! I really hope we can make it really take off – it’s going to take a lot of work, organization, advertising and, of course, shirts! If you haven’t heard of it yet, please check out its page. Do you have a favorite animal rescue or organization? Let them know about it! Think your friends, family, or followers would find it a cool project? Spread the word! Together, we can make it happen!

As we head into next year we are also hoping that we can finally raise the rest of the money for O’Malley’s recovery. O’Malley is the miracle cat that I found on the side of the road, hit by a car and left to die, covered in ants. He had a broken pelvis & dislocated hip. He has undergone surgery to fix his hip that involved cutting the head off of his femur and has recovered amazingly. He even survived the dreaded water treadmill as he underwent physical therapy to help him rebuild his muscles. He has been neutered and received all of his vaccines. Altogether his cost came to about $700 and as you can tell by his ChipIn donation page, we’ve raised a little bit of the money to cover his vet bills. 16 wonderful people have stepped in so far to help us help this amazing cat and we are so grateful. We realize that money is tight for everyone. Trust us, it’s been difficult for us as well. On top of O’Malley’s bills, we also recently had another foster require an emergency vet visit and after care at our regular vet which resulted in just over $500 in bills. That’s $1200 spent on our fosters over only a couple of months. It’s been rough but they are all recovered and doing amazing and that’s what’s really important!

You Could Win A Pet Portrait!

We are so happy to announce we have another incentive for all of our O’Malley supporters! Adriana Willsie, a fantastic pet portrait artist, has come forward with a great idea to help O’Malley in her own way. Adriana is offering a chance to win a gorgeous 4″x4″ bite-size portrait, normally worth $40, to anyone who donates $10 or more towards this cause. Once we have raised enough to meet our goal, we’ll do a random drawing of eligible donors and announce the winner.

But wait! There’s more!

Adriana is taking her support one step further by offering a 50% off coupon towards one of her 6″x6″ pet portraits for anyone who donates $20 or more! That’s a savings of $75! The only stipulation is that you use your coupon by the end of 2011. We’re really hopeful that this will help us raise the rest of the donations. It’s a very worthy cause and now you could have the chance at receiving something in return. You know, besides the warm, fuzzy feelings. ^_^ This of course applies to anyone who donated before this post. Also, if you have donated previously but would like to donate more to reach one of these levels, all you have to do is donate the difference. We really appreciate that you donated even without incentives.

Thank you so much to all of you who are willing to help this boy gain a new life! We all appreciate it! I know times are tough, but if a lot of you can make a small donation, it can make a HUGE difference to us! Happy holidays and I hope 2011 is your best year yet!

Shelter Sketches: Meet Harry

12/26/10 UPDATE: I’m happy to announce that Harry has been picked up by a rescue organization, Corgis and Critters! He will, however, still need a forever home.

I’m posting this a little early, since most people probably won’t be at their computers tomorrow. This guy needs help ASAP!

Meet Harry

Harry is a male, 3-4 year old Jack Russel Terrier mix (possibly Corgi or Heeler) who desperately needs a home. He is friendly and high energy, but shouldn’t be allowed near cats. The shelter in Texas has given him until January 5th to find a home or rescue or he will be euthanized. He is heart worm negative, up-to-date on shots, but needs to be neutered.

Contact Info:
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
10200 County Road 2403
Tool, TX 75143
903-432-3422
dogshsccl@yahoo.com

Meet Harry

Texture from Bittbox.

Harry does not have a Petfinder page

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.

Shelter Sketches: Meet Daisy and Charity

I was recently contacted by a couple people on Facebook regarding dogs in need of forever homes. This week and next I’ll be featuring those pups. If you know an animal who needs help, please let me know!

Meet Daisy and Charity

These sweet girls, who appear to be pit mixes, aren’t a set, but they’re currently staying at at the same boarding facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

Daisy (on the right) is about six years old, and when she was found, she had a large cable almost embedded in her neck. She is happy and healthy now, and loves women, though she takes a little while to warm up to men. She would do best in a one-dog household and shouldn’t be around cats. She is quiet when not around other dogs, and has quite the charming smile!

Charity (on the left) was found on a playground, surrounded by children who were kicking her, but she never retaliated because she was too tired from having given birth. She is six or seven years old, but is full of energy! She loves cuddling, kissing, and getting her belly rubbed, and will stay by your side all day.

Both Daisy and Charity have been spayed, are up-to-date on shots, and are on heart worm preventative.

Contact Info:
judyobregon@yahoo.com
home: 817-293-5202
cell: 817-915-3767

Meet Daisy and Charity

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.

Shelter Sketches: Meet Layla

EDIT Dec. 13: The minimum funds have been raised to get Layla to the pit bull rescue! Now she just needs to get to Houston, and hopefully find a forever home.

This sketch is an emergency job, so I apologize that I don’t have all the information in order!

Meet Layla

Layla, a pit bull, is in a precarious place right now. She was found in a park in Texas with strange wounds on her legs and is in a shelter now. Spindletop, a pit bull rescue organization, will take her out of the shelter, but they need to raise a minimum of $600 to pull her out and cover her expected medical bills. Last I knew, she only has until Sunday or Monday before they euthanize her at the shelter, so she needs donations as soon as possible! Homeward Bound Animal Rescue, a 501(c)3, is handling donations for Layla; you can go to their page and scroll down to find the donation button.

Layla is an extremely loving girl and deserves a chance.

Contact Info:
Facebook page that explains the situation

Meet Layla

I don’t know if she has a Petfinder page, but if I can find it I’ll update this post.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.

Big Push for 365 Days of Animal Advocacy!

365 Days of Animal Advocacy
Please make sure to check out the 365 Page for more info!

365 Days To Raise Awareness!

Hey guys. I know this is going to sound crazy but I want to try and make 2011 the year for animals! I made a New Year’s resolution to gather a large portion of the shirts I would need for this project but, well, suddenly it’s almost time for a whole new set of resolutions! Where did this year go? So now here we are, with less than a month, to really try and get our 365 Days project going. It can happen though. I know it can! I will work like crazy to get local groups’ shirts. And I have a few people out there who have said they would send me shirts too. That’s awesome! I just need more. We can do this! The cat group I work with has given me permission to use their P.O. Box so now we have a place they can be shipped. This is a simple idea but I really think it’s going to catch on!

All I need for you to do is pick an animal rescue, shelter, advocacy group, nonprofit organization, idea, etc. that you want to support. Buy a shirt from them and have it sent to us. We will also need a short description of what the shirt is about – the mission, where the group is located, where they can be found online, any important information that you want to be sure people know about them. You can even tell the group about 365 Days and they may wish to write the bio themselves. This is a cool idea because you’re not only helping them by buying a shirt but the amount of exposure they get from this project could be immense! I really believe this could catch on and be a fun, creative way of raising awareness for animal issues!

If you’re interested in helping us make this project a success, please leave a comment below with the name of the organization, rescue, event, etc. and we will send you an email with the P.O. Box you can send the shirt too. Then you can respond with the paragraph about it! This is going to be great! We will be setting up a page specifically for this project since it’s so huge where we will have a list of every shirt we have so far! Also, if you want to know more specifics about 365 Days of Animal Advocacy, see the post where I first mentioned this idea here. Thanks guys! I am SO excited!

Oh! More logistics – I generally wear a small in adult unisex shirts. Thanks again!

UPDATE! – 12.26.10

Hey y’all – we’ve been getting so many comments that we decided to create an email address just for this project. Please send inquiries, comments, media questions, and any other interest you have in the project to 365 at iloverescueanimals.org. Thank you so so much for all your help! We can do this!