Here's some information about the project, and just one way Bella and Debbie give back to the community. Learn more and see what they're up to on Facebook!
|Josie, the Pet Project's inspiration|
What kinds of products do you make?
I saw a photo of a feral cat in a trap, covered with a towel, and the trapper struggling to keep the towel from falling off. I thought, "they could really use some custom covers." I started making trap covers from scratch, as I do with all the products, this time from discontinued dyed velvet yardage.
The project has made great use of any odds-and-ends, occasional scraps, production dye test swatches, and just about any fabric we needed to find a "home" for. Discontinued color/fabric header pieces and the narrow scraps left when we cut new color headers are used to make catnip toys. Velvet dye test swatches are used to make shelf covers and cat hammocks for cat cages. Many damaged customer returns have been re-purposed into products for the project.
After 1-1/2 years, and the project being valued by all the local groups receiving donations, I decided to make it permanent. As of September 3, 2013, The Josie Memorial Pet Project is a California Nonprofit Corporation. The project has produced 1,687 catnip toys and 2,611 assorted pieces (blankets, pads, cage/trap covers, shelf covers, cat hammocks, etc.) for donation to nonprofits serving animals in need.
How did you decide that it would be a good fit for Bella Notte donations?
With the majority of the Bella Notte team being animal lovers, and most of the line being animal-friendly, it just seemed right. It also complimented the rest of Bella Notte's giving program.
How often does Bella Notte make donations?
It varies--sometimes weekly, sometimes a couple times a month
What kinds of animals does the project serve?
The project serves dogs and cats in animal shelters, rescue groups, and foster care situations all over Northern CA. The groups served thus far are:
- Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County
- Marin Friends of Ferals
- Pets Lifeline
- Marin Humane Society
- Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
- Petaluma Animal Shelter
- California Animal Rescue
- Furry Friends Animal Rescue
- Noah’s B’Ark North Animal Rescue
- Little Paws Kitten Rescue
- No Boundaries Animal Rescue
- Lake County Animal Shelter
- Lake County Animal Services
- Big Dog Rescue
- Kings County Animal Shelter
- ASCS (Animal Sanctuary & Care Society) Cats
- Yuba City Animal Shelter
- Sonoma Humane
- Sonoma County Animal Care & Control
- Kits & Kats Rescue
- Milo Foundation
- Whiskers, Tails & Ferals
- Planned Feralhood
Being able to use all the beautiful Bella Notte fabrics to create comfort for homeless pets. As an animal lover, I'm also a big supporter of animal rescue and love to have the opportunity to assist the people doing this work, however I can.