Business Supporters What We Support Will Grow As consumers become more aware of the power of their patronage and with the initiative necessary to take a stand for a healthy ecology, we are realizing that we can change the business world by boycotts of products and services. While this is an important and useful tool, we must also become aware of the other side of this coin – the need to give support to businesses that reflect the qualities that we value! Without consumer support, such businesses cannot thrive. Is it important to you to have products available that are manufactured in an environment-friendly manner? How about businesses that ensure their own materials suppliers follow environmentally and socially acceptable practices? No child labor used. No worker exploitation. Would you also choose businesses that donate a percentage of their profits to animal defense and rescue? Shopping is a pleasure when Eco-friendly businesses are available. For businesses offering a time-limited support, suggest contacting that business to request continued donations of a portion of the profits from your order. If I were a business owner receiving such a request, I’d certainly continue sponsorship and consider that donation an honor. To submit an eco-friendly business for inclusion, please contact Paws Across the Nation. This is an absolutely free service offered by Paws to do our part in promoting Earth-Friendly/Animal Supporting businesses! When you brew a cup of coffee from Grounds & Hounds, a caffeine kick isn’t the only perk you’ll get. The company, founded by Jordan Karcher, uses fair trade organic beans from the best growing regions around the world, and 20% of all profits go to local dog rescues and no-kill animal shelters across the country. Having grown up with Dalmatians, Karcher’s been a dog lover for as long as he can remember, and a coffee connoisseur since he was a teenager. The initial idea to marry his two passions came in 2010, but the driving force for Grounds & Hounds came two years later in the form of a mutt muse named Molly. On the Grounds & Hounds’ website, Karcher remembers the time he first met his speckled pup. I unexpectedly stumbled upon a dog adoption operating on the side of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, CA. I was in no way planning, or prepared to adopt a rescue animal when I left the house that morning, but when a malnourished, brown and white, Dalmatian crawled into my lap, it was clear that I would be welcoming a new member to my family. She immediately became the center of my life and I cannot imagine a day without her. Karcher says adopting Molly was the best decision he’s ever made. The gratification and joy she brought into his life is what motivated Karcher to turn Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. into a reality. Read more… The Wandering Whimsy is a new artist’s shop that specializes in the creation of whimsical accessories and unique works of art and supports companion pet rescue causes. One benefactor is Rescuer’s Relief – traveling the country to provide a much needed respite, at no charge, for shelter owners. View larger images of their work here. Lovely piece by The Wandering Whimsy! The Wandering Whimsy allows us a peek at awork of art in progress. Ferret inspired art by Wandering Whimsy Wandering Whimsy! Check their FB site to see this piece in progress! Click image for full size viewing. Wandering Whimsy – dragon creation in progress. Olde Traditions Gifts Natural hand-crafted soaps, lotions, oils, and powders. Every single item sold generates a donation to multiple wildlife, companion animal, and rescue organizations. Want to see more?… Beastly Threads – hand block-printed organic cotton textiles – supports habitat and wildlife preservation efforts with every sale!. One wonderful conservation organization they support is Western Watersheds Project. Connect with this fine artisan business also on Facebook. Beastly Threads textiles incorporate timeless, elegant design, sustainable materials, ethical manufacturing practices, and a promise that with each product sold, a significant portion of the profits will go to habitat and wildlife preservation efforts. Our organic cotton voile scarves are hand block printed by artisans in Bagru, India. The printed fabric is then cut and sewn by small sewing shops here in the USA. We employ ethical, green practices that are kind to workers and the environment. Learn more about our scarves. With each scarf you purchase, we make a significant contribution to one of several nonprofit organizations whose mission is to conserve natural habitat and protect endangered species. Learn more about the animals you will help save simply by wearing and/or giving a beautiful scarf. Western Watersheds Project is a non-profit conservation group founded in 1993 with 1400 members and with field offices in Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and California. The group works to influence and improve public lands management in 8 western states with a primary focus on the negative impacts of livestock grazing on 250,000,000 acres of western public lands. You can also learn more about Western Watersheds Project on Facebook. We offer you a taste of the beauties offered by Beastly Threads, but you will want to go directly to their website to see more! We love you, Ben & Jerry’s! Already, the rising ocean temperatures are wreaking havoc and may already have doomed some species to extinction. Thank you to Ben & Jerry’s for their business and personal efforts to reduce their own footprint as well as bringing this issue to the public’s attention. Please do visit the website and while you’re checking out their fantabulous ice-creams, take a moment to read the information available on global warming. Trovato Interiors Trovato Interiors was designed as a stage for seeking both excellence and pleasure in the homes we create. The boutique style setting is intimate in scale, but broad in possibility, as the furnishings are merely representative of what is possible with a custom approach. Excellence requires neither extensive time nor money, but some heart and vision are necessary. See some of their fine items here. What makes some rooms sing? What makes them special in ways that can’t just be defined by good design principles? The pursuit of that enigma is the guiding force behind Trovato Interiors. 18 S Union Rd Spokane Valley, Washington 99206 Recognized and appreciated for dedicated and ongoing work to protect and conserve wildlife! Facebook Weaselworks LLC Contributing to Rescuer’s Relief! Also connect on Facebook. Endangered Species Chocolate 5846 W. 73rd Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46278Phone: 317 387-4372 In addition to the Indiana location listed, Endangered Species Chocolate can be found in the chocolate section of many fine grocers and specialty shops. Use the store locator provided on their site to find a shop near you. Your chocolate purchase supports species, habitat & humanity. Indulge in a cause with us! Support species conservation, promote ethical trade and encourage sustainable cacao farming with every chocolate bar purchase. Indianapolis-based Endangered Species Chocolate is a mission-driven company that is passionate about chocolate and the environment. Endangered Species Chocolate is committed to providing chocolate-lovers with premium, all-natural and organic chocolates that are ethically traded and sustainably grown. Adding to the impact of each chocolate bar, Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10—percent of net profits to fund species and habitat conservation. 10% net profits donated to species and habitat conservation. Ethically traded chocolate, ensuring farmers humane working conditions and fair prices. Sourced from small cacao co-ops that employ sustainable farming practices. All-natural chocolate bars, certified gluten-free and kosher. Select flavors are certified vegan, organic. I have raved about this chocolate for months! It’s a rich and satisfying delight without the additives and chemicals found in standard chocolates today. Personal tip: Knowing that you supported wildlife conservation with the purchase of that chocolate takes away the tiny guilt most of us feel when indulging. Rachel and Stella Art Lovely custom artwork by Rachel and Stella Art. Many thanks for supporting Rescuer’s Relief! Click images to view full size. Connect on Facebook as well. Ferret Tails Cartoons Click image for full size. Ferret Tails Cartoons support companion animal rescue and defense. One benefactor is Rescuer’s Relief – traveling the country to provide a much needed respite, at no charge, for shelter owners. You haven’t laughed until a ferret is involved! Check them out on Facebook as well. Art by Stef Lovely original artwork! Art by Stef contributes to Rescuer’s Relief, helping them travel to rescue shelters around the country to provide much needed help. Connect on Facebook. Click images for full size. Enlightened Ferret Fashions – Where the stylist ferret shops! Pet costumes and toys! Lovely handmade items! Many thanks, Enlightened Ferret Fashions for being a supporter of Rescuer’s Relief. Follow on Facebook as well. Strangeling Enchanting original artwork! Don’t pass up the opportunity to watch Jasmine painting. Strangeling supports rescue efforts. One benefactor is Rescuer’s Relief – traveling the country to provide a much needed respite, at no charge, for shelter owners. Connect on Facebook. Click images for full size. The Rubber Hedgehog Rubber stamps like you won’t believe! Connect on Facebook, too. Rubber Hedgehog believes in supporting rescue efforts. One benefactor is Rescuer’s Relief – traveling the country to provide a much needed respite, at no charge, for shelter owners. Click images for full size. Raven’s Stuff T-shirts, original art, jewelry, and t-shirts! Cool! Raven’s Stuff proudly supports Rescuer’s Relief. Click images for full size. Connect on Facebook as well. Pet Portraits by Lisa Kay Yet another outstanding artist! Images included here are just a very small sampling of Lisa’s beautiful art. Please visit her on Facebook to see more and contact her for quotes! Pet Portraits proudly supports Rescuer’s Relief. Connect on Facebook! Princess Lacey’s Shoppe Ferret costumes, toys, and bedding. Princess Lacey’s Shoppe proudly contributes to Rescuer’s Relief. Connect on Facebook as well. Yes. Ferrets wear costumes! Yes, it’s hilarious and adorable! They usually tolerate this human behavior with good humor, although along with giving the famous ferret ‘stink-eye’ to anyone who sees them in costume! Click images for full size. Horse Lady Gifts Supporting American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign with a chance to win items! Sign up to win. Contest ends ?June 9, 2014? Connect with American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign on Facebook. Connect with Horse Lady Gifts on Facebook. What a talented artist! With this clear love of horses, I’d expect this artist would be happy to continue her support for the preservation of the American mustang. Why not ask her when you choose to make an order? Rescue Chocolate Brooklyn, New York 11217 Phone: 347 875-0078 Visit website to find local retailers. Rescue Chocolate is “the sweetest way to save a life!” From each chocolate purchased, 100% of the net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country. To see current and past beneficiaries just click on the Who We Help link at the top of the page. We were founded in January 2010 and we are headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. The packaging of each vegan flavor of Rescue Chocolate sheds light on a different aspect of the current pet “overpopulation” epidemic. Not only are we interested in raising funds for rescues, but we want to get the word out about these oh-so-fixable issues! Current and future flavors include: Peanut Butter Pit Bull (crispy peanut butter and chocolate, countering the negative public image of the pit bull-type dogs) Pick Me! Pepper (sweet ’n spicy dark chocolate with peppers, highlighting the advantages of choosing pets from animal shelters instead of breeders or pet stores) Foster-iffic Peppermint (dark chocolate with peppermint, highlighting the need for people to provide foster care for shelter animals as they await their forever homes) The Fix (plain 72%, highlighting the importance of spay and neuter) Mission Feral Fig (fig, cranberry, almond, and spices, highlighting the humane solution for feral cats, TNR) Fakin’ Bacon (smoky, sweet and salty, a salute to farm animal sanctuaries and compassionate gourmands) Forever Mocha (hazelnut praline and coffee, highlighting ways to help people make and honor a lifetime commitment to their pets) Bell’s: Baubles & Charms Panda Life Products Proudly contributes to Rescuer’s Relief. Connect on Facebook as well! The Illustrated Rat Check out this talented artist! The Illustrated Rat gladly contributes to Rescuer’s Relief. Connect on Facebook as well. As far as is known, Outdoor Play does not actively sponsor wildlife defense and rescue organizations. So why are they featured here? Because it has been confirmed that Outdoor Play turned down what was undoubtedly a substantial order from SeaWorld. Why did they do that? They do not support SeaWorld’s business ethics. “SeaWorld is a corporation that puts corporate profits ahead of ethical issues.” “We’re a for-profit too, and a for-profit has to make a profit. But if you have to violate your ethics – that’s the tipping point.” While they didn’t single SeaWorld out from the other corporations they see putting profit before ethics, the nature of SeaWorld’s model and extent of their reach made the decision to not claim them as a customer an easy one for Outdoorplay to make. “It’s not just SeaWorld, but they have so much power and cut such a wide path. And this is the world our daughter is going to grow up in.” Their daughter, Soleil, will turn two in October, and Tree and Stevie intend to raise her as a “citizen of the world.” Learn more at Good Men Project. “We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature—for we will not fight to save what we do not love.” La Hacienda 22 S Main Street Fort Scott, KS 66701 620 223-4400 Every Tuesday night – Karaoke A portion of sales is donated to Lee’s Paws and Claws Animal Shelter. Gift shops directly supporting Rescue and Conservation The Bat Store helps support the much needed work done by Organization for Bat Conservation. View a few of their wonderful items here. Better yet – click the link above to go directly to their shop!