A call was issued around the world for crafters to come together and help the animals of the Australian bushfires. The call was answered in epic proportions and the needs have now been met.
But why should we stop there? There are an estimated 14,000 animal rescues in the US that take in nearly 8 MILLION animals a year. Many if not most rely solely on donations from their community.
What if crafters and artisans could band together and help rescues, shelters and rehabbers in our own backyard? That is the philosophy behind Crafters & Artisans for Rescued Animals. With your help we are sewing, knitting, building and crocheting for the animals. All items on our pattern list can be requested by a rescue. Crafters can fill those needs and ship items directly to the rescuer. With your help we can outfit these rescues with items they desperately need to care for their animals.
The Animals Need You!
I want to help but where do I start?
We offer 3 different "paths" for our members to make things as easy as possible for you and ensure you can participate in the way best suited to your preferences. They are:
This path is for members who want to choose who, what, and where they send their items. It is good for members who can self-start and navigate our spreadsheets and/or threads. Members can pick a rescue from our list, create the item(s) on their list and ship straight to the rescue when completed. Work at your own pace.
Monthly Member Project
Our monthly member project focuses on rescues that have not received any/many shipments to date. Each month we feature about 10 rescues. Members can sign up for specific items through our sign up sheet. You can sign up for as many projects as you would like. By the end of the month members send to the rescue indicated on the sign up. Good for members who need more direction, or those who want to focus on rescues that haven’t received items.
This group of crafters creates items from our list of most requested items and ships them straight to CARA headquarters. These items are the used to send out larger packages for urgent needs and new rescue welcome boxes. Good for members who want to ship to one place.
I'm not on Facebook, but still want to help
We'd love to have you! Members who do not want to join the facebook group can contribute to our rescues by choosing from our approved patterns and sending their items directly to our Director. From there the items will be distributed and sent to the rescues that requested them. This allows us to have a stockpile of items to send to our rescues, especially when they have an unexpected urgent case come in and need items fast. We are in the process of obtaining a public mailing address, in the meantime please use our contact form to request the address for sending items.
Please note that all patterns, addresses, rescue information, and other files are SOLELY for the use of CARA. Many of our patterns were created by CARA members for the benefit of CARA rescue partners, and are not to be used for outside groups or projects. This pertains to files created by CARA that are not found through google search or pinterest.
Sharing files and/or Rescue Information with other groups is Prohibited. This is to protect our rescue partners and ensure they are not inundated by too many items and to protect their personal address.
CARA has spent the last year working collaboratively with our rescue partners to find, create, test, and invent new patterns that are safe for use with the animals in their care. We have an extensive process when it comes to new patterns that involve numerous rescue tests, receiving feedback and modifying designs, and then crafter testing for pattern mistakes. While this process may seem daunting, it is for the safety of the animals which is our top priority.
Certain materials can be problematic for some animals which is why CARA outlines our products and what materials are used for our rescues when they are signing up. Rescues can choose whether they want products in yarn, fabric, or both.
It is for these reasons that CARA asks that all members use only CARA approved patterns when crafting for us.
Please note: While some items on our list may seem similar, they are different products for different uses. Please be aware when creating and shipping of what items are requested.
Please add yourself to our mailing list. Occasionally when we have important announcements it is more effective for us to email members rather than wait for them to see it on Facebook.
CARA requires that all shipments sent to rescues be logged into our Shipping Log. This step is important for us to track shipments so we can monitor which rescues have not received items.