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A Paw-sitively Creative Contest Where You Could Win $1,500

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Do you love cats and have design chops or a flare for creative ideas? If so, Tuft + Paw has an amazing contest that’s right up your alley. They’re looking for feline furniture ideas that help cats, humans, and the planet.

If you think you’ve got a great idea for a sustainable cat bed, enter their contest, and you could win $1,500. Plus, your winning design will be produced in the U.S. and promoted as one of Tuft + Paw’s new flagship products. And your paw-some product will also be donated to animal shelters across the country.

There are only five simple guidelines for creating your original design:

  1. Make it sustainable: As part of Tuft + Paw’s commitment to environmentally responsible products, your cat furniture design should be made from ethically sourced and produced materials that don’t harm the planet.
  2. Make it affordable: Tuft + Paw want to keep costs down so that the final product is affordable for all cat lovers.
  3. Make it beautiful: Don’t skimp on style. They want to see something that adds a “wow” factor to modern homes and looks more like it belongs to an interior designer than a Tabby cat.
  4. Make it practical: Along with a physical prototype, you’re asked to include technical drawings that specify exact dimensions and instructions for how it will be produced.
  5. Make it easy to ship: Your design should be lightweight and easy to ship. This will encourage Tuft + Paw customers to donate your product to animal shelters. You get bonus points for collapsible flat-pack shapes, so it’s like you’re coming up with an IKEA design for cat furniture!

So leap up to your drawing board today as the deadline for submissions is October 31st.

Tuft + Paw specializes in providing cats with the best possible environment—one that also protects and enhances the beauty of our world. Their modern products are designed for your cat’s enjoyment and comfort, and they’re also sustainable and ethically made.

This company with a heart has thought of everything your kitty needs to enjoy the lap of luxury, while also being eco-friendly. This includes an assortment of cozy sleep products, including cat beds, hammocks, houses, and teepees. You’ll also find cat trees and perches, cat toys, and some of the best looking eco-friendly litter box furniture that I’ve ever seen. They’re worthy of an entire blog post of their own (watch for it in a future blog article—they’re THAT gorgeous).

To learn more about the sustainable cat bed design contest, and get inspired by Tuft + Paw’s beautiful cat furniture, visit their website at

June is Adopt-a-Cat Month

Did you know June is Adopt-a-Cat Month?  When I adopted Furball over ten years ago from the local animal shelter, all I wanted was a healthy and happy kitten. On the other hand, a woman I worked with chose to go with a breeder because she wanted a specific breed of cat.

What most people don’t know is that shelters are overflowing with all types of cats, including very specialized breeds.  You don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars for a cat.  Love is right around the corner.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a cat, our friends at have shared some pawsome information about different breeds of cats that are available for adoption right now.  Here’s what they have to say about Scottish Folds, Ragdolls and Bengal cats.

About Scottish Folds
Scottish Folds are a unique breed of cats.  Their folded ears often give them an “owl-like” appearance.  Though they don’t always have folded ears, they are always referred to as Scottish Folds even when they have fully erect ears. Scottish Folds are a wonderful breed and usually become very attached to their human companions. They are soft-spoken and loyal, and rarely have qualms with any other cats or animals in a household.

Here’s a Scottish Fold available right now for adoption!

“Spencer is a Darling pure white Scottish Fold! He is quite the handsome cat with his little downturned ears and big beautiful golden eyes. He is snuggly, a tad bit shy, but one happy fella! Spencer is a senior kitty and will need a nice quiet home, but he loves kids, cats, and pretty much any human that comes his way. Let his beautiful eyes win you over today! If you don’t want to adopt Spencer, he’s also looking for a foster. “

Find a Scottish Fold Cat or Kitten Near You Now at

About Ragdoll Cats
If you like fluffy and ridiculously cuddly cats, maybe a Ragdoll is for you! This breed originated in Southern California about sixty years ago and has rapidly become one of the most popular kitties in the United States. With their characteristically soft fur and bright blue eyes, most people find Ragdolls irresistible. They are a highly intelligent cat and will often follow you around and sit in your lap at every given opportunity. Ragdolls are best as inside only cats because they have been known to get into trouble chasing cars or with unfriendly animals – they’re just too friendly to stay away!

If you’d like to adopt a Ragdoll kitty for yourself, maybe Jesse is the beautiful girl for you!

“Ragdolls are known for their tendency to go limp when picked up, and Jesse is one of those kitties. She loves people and has the personality to get along with just about anyone, but it’s best she is rehomed without any female cats or small children. Jesse’s coloring is typical of a Ragdoll – she even has white mittens to boots – and is a big, soft, fluffy kitty with white and black fur.

Find a Ragdoll Cat or Kitten Near You Now at

About Bengal Cats
Bengal kitties are quite an interesting breed. They are described as half domestic kitty, half Asian Leopard Cat, and often have beautiful and unique spots and stripes that make them look “wild”. Generally speaking, the Bengal breed does possess a predictably sweet personality as long as they are well socialized; otherwise, they can be a little hot tempered and reckless. Bengal cats can be extremely sweet, loving, and gorgeous but experienced cat owners usually know best how to have a happy Bengal family member.

For an example of a beautiful and excellent Bengal up for adoption, meet Maui!

“She’s a wonderful three year old kitty that needs a new home because her family is leaving to go somewhere that doesn’t allow kitties. Maui is fully vetted and also declawed in the front and will love you as soon as you sit down! This black spotted grey kitty is around three years old and loved to drink from the faucet the moment you turn it on! Maui loves to purr in your ear and absolutely adores all people and other kitties. “

Find a Bengal Cat or Kitten Near You Now at

A Novel Green Way to Help Your Local Cat Shelter

Here’s a fun way to give to your local animal shelter and you’ll know the cats will directly benefit from your gift. How? Give the gift of eco-friendly cat scratchers made by Imperial Cat.

Adopt-Me-Scratchers-300x186You may know Imperial Cat for their fanciful cat scratchers such as this Orca Cat Scratch n Shape, but they recently came out with a new line specifically for shelter cats. Scratch ‘n Bits feature the same durable scratching surface as the higher end Scratch ‘n Shapes, but at a significantly lower price. And for the month of June, you can donate a case of 20 Scratch ‘n Bits directly to your favourite animal shelter for only $20.

Imperial Cat generously sent me a Scratch ‘n Bit for Furball to test drive. When the parcel arrived, Furball was interested even before I opened the box. Once I took out the Scratch ‘n Bit, he began rubbing his cheek against the corner and purring loudly.

The honeycomb surface felt really durable. I expected it to be more like corrugated cardboard in feel, but instead, it’s got a real toughness to it. Furball enjoys using the corners for a nice scratch on his chin, but I haven’t seen him try scratching it with his claws. I think it’s a little small for him, but if you think about it, most shelter cats are kept in small enclosures so they wouldn’t have the option of a bigger scratching post.

This little scratcher makes a lot of sense for shelter cats as it gives them somewhere to stretch their claws and hopefully feel a little more at home. And, when they get adopted, the Scratch ‘n Bit can go home with them, giving them somewhere to scratch other than their new owner’s couch.

Scratch ‘n Bits come in several shapes and are available in both vertical and horizontal styles – to fit a variety of shelter spaces. They’re made in the USA, from 68{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} post consumer recycled materials, and are also 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} recyclable.

If you’d like to donate a case of Scratch ‘n Bits to your local shelter, please call 1-800-783-0977 and ask for Kristie or Kim. OR, email kim [AT]

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To learn more about the donation program or Imperial Cat’s eco-friendly products, visit

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month

According to the American Humane Society, approximately 4 million cats are rescued by animal shelters each year. We all know that not all of them find homes, so if you’re considering getting a cat, why not visit your local animal shelter? If you’ve already got a kitty who keeps you busy, take a moment and consider how you might be able to help out. It can be as simple as donating old towels to your local shelter, giving a few dollars or even helping to spread the word about an animal up for adoption.

AngelsWishAuctionIn support of Adopt-A-Cat month, I’ll be featuring a few opportunities for readers to support an animal shelter in an eco-friendly way. Today’s featured shelter is Angel’s Wish.

Angel’s Wish is an all-volunteer shelter, dedicated to reducing animal overpopulation, rehoming companion animals, and raising awareness of animal welfare issues in South Central Wisconsin. I did a feature on them about a year ago to share what they were doing to be eco-friendly. While they don’t have the resources of some of the high profile shelters, they still found some great ways to be green. Read the post here.

How You Can Help

Angel’s Wish is holding their annual fundraising auction during the month of June.  Check it out and you might pick up a deal or two while also supporting this great cause.   At the very least, please help spread the word about the auction.  Thank you!

>> Visit the Angel’s Wish online auction

Be an Angel for Animals and Save Some Green

Angel’s Wish is an animal welfare organization that I featured in a blog entry earlier this year about eco-friendly tips for animal shelters.  I’ve had the opportunity to see Gold LEED certified pet adoption centers, but Angel’s Wish demonstrates that you can also be small and be green.

They’re hosting an online auction from June 1-30 to raise money.  There are hundreds of items available and I’m donating an autographed copy of my book, Make Your Own Cat Toys to the cause. Please check out the Angel’s Wish online auction for the opportunity to get some great items at great prices and if you’d like a copy of the book, you can bid for it here:

The First Gold LEED Certified Animal Welfare Agency in the U.S.

What comes to mind when you think of an animal shelter?  For me, I think about the time I adopted Furball from my local Humane Society about 8 years ago.  The shelter was in an old building located in a slightly down-and-out area of town, beside a highway offramp.  Walking in, I was immediately hit with the smell of antiseptic chemicals, but they failed to completely obliterate the underlying musty animal smell and wafts of urine.  The cat section consisted of a small room bathed in the glow of fluorescent lighting and cages were stacked one atop the other.  Most of the cats lay around lethargically only a few inches from their litter boxes.  I wanted to adopt them all as the animals looked so miserable.

Fast forward to another time and place.  What comes to mind when you think of a Gold LEED certified animal welfare agency?  To be quite honest, when I first heard of this designation, nothing came to mind because I had never seen such a place before.  Well, the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) is set to completely revolutionize how people view animal shelters.  As the first Gold LEED certified animal welfare agency in the United States, they’ve set the bar extraordinarily high.  So, what does a Gold LEED shelter look like?

I was recently given a tour of the HSSV’s new facilities by Laura Fulda, VP Marketing & Communications for the HSSV.  The new facilities are scheduled to open on March 28th and from what I saw even under construction, the new facilities are absolutely stunning.  What I found to be most remarkable is the vision behind the new facilities.  It’s not just a place that happens to have solar panels and eco-friendly building materials.  Instead, the HSSV’s mission is to create a community destination that will address the root cause behind animal homelessness.

But first, let’s talk green.  Just how green is this place?  Well, the first thing a vistor will notice when they pull up is the parking spots shaded with solar panels.  This is in addition to the photovoltaic arrays installed on the roof and over a portion of the dog park.  It’s estimated that the arrays will provide approximately 40{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} of the facility’s energy requirements.

A view of the dog park under construction

Yes, you did read correctly.  There is indeed a dog park on site.  It’s part of the HSSV’s vision to create a destination where the community can stay connected with the Humane Society beyond simply adopting a pet.  To quote Ms. Fulda, the HSSV wanted to create an “inviting, wonderful, family friendly place.”

In addition to the dog park, there’s also doggie daycare, boarding facilities, dog training, pet grooming, a pet-friendly cafe, a pet store, an education center, and a veterinary center offering low cost neutering and spaying.  By encouraging the community to visit the HSSV on a regular basis for activities, educational programs and family fun, the HSSV hopes to reduce animal abandonment.  The HSSV wants to provide a supportive environment to encourage pet owners to interact with their pets because one of the main reasons people give up their pets is because they fail to bond with them.

Now, back to the amazing green features of that make the HSSV deserving of their Gold LEED certification:

  • Heat recovery technology on all heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems reduces the amount of energy utilized by the building’s climate control systems.
  • A highly efficient cleansing system for kennel maintenance, which helps to reduce water consumption.
  • Synthetic turf in the dog park eliminates the need to water the grass, which is especially poignant in drought-prone California.
  • Low-flow showers, sinks, and urinals will reduce water usage by an estimated 45{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} as compared to similar sized facilities not taking these steps.
  • Sensors throughout the building provide lighting only when someone is in the room.
  • Server and client computers have been replaced with new units that are more energy efficient.
  • Stained concrete floors reduce the amount of building, cooling and heating required. They also lower maintenance costs and eliminate the need for certain chemical cleaning and polishing agents.
  • Installed a cool (reflective) roof. Cool roofs reduce the roof surface temperature dramatically, thereby reducing the heat transferred into the building resulting in reduced energy consumption (HVAC), reduced ‘heat island effect,’ and increased comfort for the building’s occupants.
  • Implementing a green cleaning policy, recycling program, and policy that favors green vendors and shows preference to environmentally friendly products.
  • Over 90{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} of the previous structure on the new site was reused to eliminate landfill.

In additon to these eco-friendly features, what really struck me during the hard hat tour was just how bright, spacious and airy the new facilities are.  There was still painting and hammering going on, but I could easily envision what a great place it would be for an animal to stay until it was adopted.  Ms. Fulda pointed out a very spacious area for dogs to socialize and play as well as the “rabitat”, which would be more reflective of a rabbit’s natural habitat.

Of course, I was especially interested in the kitty area and I was duly impressed.  Gone were the wire cages and in their place, were beautiful bright cat condos.  Each cat condo was the size of a 2-piece bathroom with large windows that would provide sunny spots for afternoon naps and great views of the outdoors for inquisitive felines.  Each condo was designed to hold only one or two cats so there’s lots of room to stretch out.  There’s also a cat community room to encourage interaction and socialization.  Here’s a photo of the cat condos.

The Humane Society of Silicon Valley is taking a leadership role in transforming the way people view animal shelters and they hope to encourage other animal welfare agencies to follow suit.  The vision for HSSV’s fabulous new facilities was conceived 10 years ago and they raised the needed funds mostly through individual donations.  At first, I thought that the HSSV must have had a marquee corporate sponsor to make their vision a reality and I was surprised when Ms. Fulda told me that there were no large corporate sponsors.  The decision to go green actually added $2.5 million dollars to the cost of the project, but the HSSV board decided this was the right thing to do.

They’re still short about $4 million dollars for their capital and operational fund.  If you also believe in doing the right thing, perhaps you can help them out with a donation?  To donate online, please visit the HSSV website at:


The Human Society of Silicon Valley is celebrating the opening of their new Animal Community Center with an open house on Saturday, March 28th from 10am to 6pm.  If you’ll be in the area of Milpitas, CA, please drop by.  There’ll be animal adoptions, kid’s educational programs, family activities and even an appearance from a local canine celebrity too!  The new facilities are located at 901 Ames Avenue in Milpitas, CA.  Hope to see you there!

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130 Cats Move to Greener Pastures Thanks to the Monmouth County SPCA

MCSPCAnew130 lucky cats recently moved into a new eco-friendly home, complete with a fantasy forest, kitty condos, and gazebos with floor to ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light. These lucky cats are under the care of the Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA), which recently opened a brand new adoption center.

The MCSPCA in Eatontown, New Jersey, was founded in 1945 to care for the community’s homeless animal population. Their previous facility was built in the 1960s and it fit the stereotypical image of an older animal shelter — crowded and jail-like. The old facility was designed to house animals only temporarily, but in 1999, the MCSPCA made the decision to no longer euthanize adoptable animals. This resulted in the shelter being stretched beyond its limits, housing twice as many dogs and four times as many cats as it was originally built to hold.

The overcrowded shelter inspired the MCSPCA to create a new facility that provided a healthy, safe, comfortable, and green environment for its animal occupants. The planning process took four years, construction has been ongoing for a year and the MCSPCA expects to complete the final phase of construction in May or June of this year.

The new shelter’s eco-friendly features reduce electricity and water consumption and also create a healthier and less stressful atmosphere for the animals. Here are some of the great green ideas that the MCSPCA implemented in the construction of their new shelter:


  • Interior lighting systems were programmed to use daylight, in lieu of electrical lighting, when available and adequate. Sensors throughout the building automatically turn off lights in unoccupied areas, further reducing electricity consumption.
  • Installed a high efficiency boiler and hot water heater.
  • Selected energy efficienct dishwashers and laundry equipment to reduce water and power consumption.
  • Changed cleaning protocol from squirting kennels to using a water-efficient cleaning system that will significantly reduce water usage.


  • The MCSPCA have chosen to use The World’s Best Cat Litter, which is an eco-friendly litter made from corn that is also dust-free. This prevents the ventilation system from becoming clogged with dust, which would normally occur with clay litter.
  • All exterior lighting addresses concerns regarding “dark sky” and glare.
  • Special insulation in the ceiling reduces noise levels to help minimize stress for the animal and human occupants.
  • The landscaping includes hundreds of new shrubs and trees that improve outdoor air quality and provide shade to the building to reduce energy consumption.
  • The HVAC is an automatically-controlled, full energy recover-designed system for climate, odor and disease control.
  • The MCSPCA built a filtration basin on-site which collects stormwater, filters it naturally and allows it to return to the aquifer, eliminating the need for drainage pipes and concrete basins.


In addition to housing and adopting out animals, the Monmouth County SPCA provides numerous other services to the local community. These include animal cruelty investigation, providing low cost spaying and neutering, dog obedience training, community education, disaster planning and services, animal legislation and advocacy, wildlife transport and much more.

Whew! That’s a tall order for an organization that receives little or no federal, state or local funding, but instead relies entirely on private donations and modest fees for service. The MCSPCA also operates independently and is not affiliated with, and receives no funding from, any other animal welfare organization, including the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, the New Jersey SPCA or the Associated Humane Societies, Inc.

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In 2008, the MCSPCA helped almost 4,000 animals, including 1,877 cats, through their animal care center. They also performed over 5,000 low cost spay/neuter surgeries to help reduce animal overpopulation. Times are tough for everyone these days, but this is when charities need your help the most. If you can spare even a modest donation, it’ll go a long way to helping a needy animal.

  • $5 will feed a needy cat for one week.
  • $10 will feed a needy dog for one week.
  • $25 will provide a medically needy pet with a special weekly diet.

To make a donation to the Monmouth County SPCA, please visit their website at:

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Day 28: Shelters Outside U.S. Inspire Green Ingenuity — The 30-Day Green Cat Challenge

Continuing the theme of Day 25 and Day 26 of the Green Cat Challenge, today I’m looking even further afield for green inspiration. And I found it with The Animal House Jamaica and Paraíso Felino located in Mexico.

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The Animal House Jamaica is the only animal shelter located on the north coast of Jamaica and one of only two shelters in the entire country. The Animal House provides assistance to the island’s many abused, abandoned and injured animals. They provide food, shelter, medical care and adoptive services to approximately 500 animals each year. And, they even help owners in need who might otherwise have to abandon their pets.

In spite of the overwhelming need for their services and a limited budget, the Animal House has found creative ways to be eco-friendly since being founded in the 1990s. Some of their green activities include:

  • Reusing old towels donated by local hotels instead of paper towels.
  • To supplement the dogs’ diets, they planted a two-acre organic vegetable garden.
  • They store of all of their records electronically (backed-up of course) and thus avoid the need for paper copies.
  • While it might not be as convenient for clean-up, the Animal House chooses not to use any plastic garbage bags.
  • They are also investigating wind-power and solar systems to replace electricity. While it’s beyond their budget right now, they’re determined to make it happen in the future.

The Animal House Jamaica runs a very efficient operation with 98{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} of all donations going directly to the animals. Donations are used to for food, medical care and supplies, carriers, kennels, and facility maintenance. Unfortunately they don’t get a break from local veterinarians and have to pay from $100 to $150 USD to neuter or spay each animal. The Animal House Jamaica has been formally registered as a charity for five years in Jamaica and they recently obtained 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.

Paraíso Felino

A little closer to home is Paraíso Felino, a cat sanctuary located in the small town of San Juan De Abajo, about 25 miles northeast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They house an average of 100 cats at any given time, most of whom have been victims of terrible circumstances including abuse and starvation. Their goal is to provide a temporary place to stay for homeless felines. Paraíso Felino actively works to find adoptive homes for their cats and is able to place between 20 to 30 cats each year with responsible families.

Because they strongly believe that spaying and neutering is the answer to unwanted homeless animals, they also sponsor Spay Day campaigns in the area and work with other non-profits to provide this service free of charge to the locals. Their educational efforts have helped to shift local attitudes as more and more people are opting to sterilize and vaccinate womans health their pets.

eco-friendly animal shelterParaíso Felino has come up with a creative way to be green. They raise money by handcrafting items for sale using recycled materials. They transform old magazines, cereal boxes, cardboard and fabric scraps into greeting cards, potpourri boxes and little handy pouches. Check out these beautiful handmade pot pourri satchels and pouches. You’d never guess that they were made from discarded items.

For this cat sanctuary, every dollar makes a difference. It costs $20 USD to spay or neuter a cat, $25 USD a year for vaccinations and $8 USD a week to feed each cat. This might not seem like that much in American dollars, however it’s a much greater expense when you consider that their local economy is based on the peso and that most of their supplies are imported form the U.S. Not only are donations used to feed and care for the cats, Paraíso Felino is also paying for construction costs to build a new shelter.

While they are a registered non-profit in Mexico, they do not have 501(c)(3) status. However, if you’d like to make a donation, they have an agreement with P.E.A.C.E., Inc. in the U.S. to process donations on their behalf, which makes them tax-deductible.


  1. Please consider making a small donation to one of these very deserving organizations. The economy is in bad shape, but there’s a worldwide recession going on. To quote President Obama from his eloquent inaugural speech, “And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders”.
  2. If you are part of an animal welfare organization, open a discussion within your group about how you can implement greener practices. Also, check out Day 26 where I featured an organization that saves the money by saving the environment. As well, if you’re interested in a fun and easy way to raise money that also supports the environment, please check out the Charity Partner Program that I’m creating as part of my eco-friendly cat toy book.
  3. Last, but not least, share this post with any other animal welfare groups you know of who are looking for ways to be more eco-friendly. Click the “Share This” link to email this article to a friend or post it to your favourite social networking site.

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Day 27: Easy Eco-friendly Tips for Animal Shelters — The 30-Day Green Cat Challenge

Following in the spirit of Day 26 of the 30-Day Green Cat Challenge, I’m going to finish the week by looking outwards for inspiration to green my cat. I’ve spent the past few weeks examining Furball’s life to give him an eco-cat makeover. However, I really believe it’s important to reach out. Perhaps this will help to encourage an eco-friendly cat movement and help green the pet industry.

Today, I’m delighted to write about Angel’s Wish, a non-profit animal welfare organization that runs a Pet Adoption and Resource Center in Verona, WI. This is one very dedicated group that is committed to reducing animal overpopulation, finding new homes for pets, and raising awareness of animal welfare issues. Did I mention that they’re an all-volunteer organization with over 100 volunteers?

Angel’s Wish is a no-kill shelter and has been operating since 2000. Last year, they cared for nearly 600 animals and cats make up over 90{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} of the animals they help each year. In addition to the amazing work they do to help the most forgotten and downtrodden of our furry friends, Angel’s Wish is also committed to being as eco-friendly as possible.

This organization may not have the resources that larger nonprofits do, but they prove that anybody can be green, even while running a very tight ship. They do this by making small changes in their day-to-day activities that add up to big savings that save the environment and save money too.

Here’s what Angel’s Wish is doing to be an eco-friendly animal shelter:

  • Animal welfare groups can easily use large quantities of paper towels for the regular cleaning necessary for pet health and cleanliness. Angel’s Wish uses rags and cloth towels whenever possible. Not only are they reducing their consumption of paper towels, they’re also reusing rags and towels that have been donated to them.
  • When they built a new Pet Adoption and Resource Center, they chose to build in a business condo development rather than a standalone building. This resulted in lower costs and also a smaller carbon footprint. The Resource Center has three separate heating/cooling zones, each with their own programmable thermostats for maximum efficiency. Of course, they also selected fluorescent lighting fixtures, and their three main rooms can be set for either half lighting or full-lighting.
  • Because there’s a lot of laundry to be done when looking after animals, Angel’s Wish made sure to choose an energy efficient washer and dryer to save electricity and also reduce costs.
  • With 90{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} of the animals being cats, Angel’s Wish also uses the minimum amount of litter possible to reduce waste.
  • And the green savings don’t just stop with the care of animals. In the office, they make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of paper used. They scan donations in electronically for storage as opposed to creating mounds of photocopied papers. When they do have to make copies, they always make them double-sided. And, they send email newsletters to minimize print publications.
  • For additional fundraising, they collect old cell phones and inkjet cartridges to be recycled.
  • Finally, they reuse things until they fall apart and also take in in-kind donations of gently used items.

That’s a pretty impressive list of easy eco-friendly ideas that any animal welfare organization can implement. It doesn’t take much to be green and on top of that, being green helps reduce costs so that donations are used responsibly.

A Purrfect Cat Book in Support of Angel’s Wish

“Make Your Own Cat Toys” features over 50 eco-friendly cat toys that are fast, fun and easy to make. As the author of this book, I am delighted to offer supporters of Angel’s Wish a special savings off the regular price — AND $2 from each book sold will be donated to Angel’s Wish. Please check it out at: Make Your Own Cat Toys.


  1. Make a donation to Angel’s Wish or your favourite local animal or environmental charity. Angel’s Wish is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit so your donation is tax-deductible. While these are definitely unique economic times for everyone, it’s even tougher now more than ever for charities and the animals they help. Remember how President Obama built his campaign though $5 donations? It made a big difference, so even the smallest amount is deeply appreciated. You can make a donation online to Angel’s Wish by visiting their website at:
  2. If you are part of an animal welfare organization, open a discussion within your group about how you can implement greener practices. Also, visit again tomorrow as I’ll be posting some creative eco-friendly ideas from an animal rescue organization in Jamaica and a cat sanctuary in Mexico. As well, if you’re interested in a fun and easy way to raise money that also supports the environment, please check out the Charity Partner Program that I’m creating as part of my eco-friendly cat toy book.
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  3. Last, but not least, share this post with any other animal welfare groups you know of who are looking for ways to be more eco-friendly. Click the “Share This” link to email this article to a friend or post it to your favourite social networking site.

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