Help me donate to the St. Bernard Parish Animal Rescue!

finally!

a month ago i wrote about wanting to run a fundraiser to help people in the gulf affected by the bp oil spill and hurricane katrina, people who are struggling to keep their pets.

to me, this is a devastating thought, having to relinquish your pet because you can no longer afford to care for them….and this is happening to so many people in the gulf.

unfortunately, spay and neuter programs are scarce as they are lacking the funds and “no kill” shelters are few and far between in the gulf right now. too many mouths to house…so to speak and so many people out of work are struggling to keep their four legged children.

thanks to all who responded when i asked for advice on this. i had been researching organizations, but not really getting the “feel” for any of them.
(thanks also to those who raised my awareness about the mis-allocation of funds by some larger orgs– i didn’t know!)

one of the kind people who responded to my post had just seen a segment on the Saint Bernard Parish SPCA, a shelter doing amazing work in really challenging times, and after checking them out online, i am really moved by their passion and mission. Please check out

Friends of the Animal Shelter of St. Bernard Parish!

not only are they actively working with their community to help people care for their pets in a time of crisis, they are also ardently working to achieve  another ideal of mine when it comes to animal rescue, a “no kill” status in their shelter.

“We will not give up until our shelter achieves a ZERO euthanasia rate for every healthy, adoptable dog and cat in their care. Warehousing animals will not work; less pets born and more adoptions will! You can be a part of the solution, too!”

as a former non profiteer (the jarvis reilly foundation, san diego 2000-2007), i think this shelter  is really making a difference, so

30% of all  jewellery purchased from heather-reilly.com/shop will be sent directly to the Friends of the Animal Shelter of St. Bernard !!

all custom commissions (wedding rings, too!), all ready to wear wishbones, om pendants, runes and peace sign jewellery, from now until i don’t know when– 30% of the sale will go to animals in the gulf through the Friends of the Animal Shelter of St. Bernard.

(i just cleaned the studio before diving back in (took the kids east for a grandparent holiday!) and have a few “sample sale” items appearing here over the next week that will be fair game, too)

for lots of us right now, life isn’t leaving much extra to help out the people, animals and organizations who need it in the wake of the gulf oil spill.  i would send millions if i had it already, but as a jeweller who is also a full-time mom right now, i need your help to send anything.

need a unique gift? time to spoil someone you love? early holiday shopping?

include yourself here :) and help me make a difference!

be beautiful and be so well,

heather

PS the direct link to my online store is heather-reilly.com/shop !

money to help people keep their pets…

i can’t stand this anymore.

here i sit at my computer with my four legged children sleeping at my feet (figo is on my lap and simon is next to the computer) and in the midst of all these petitions i am signing, i am reading about people in the south eastern usa, so devasted by katrina and now by this grotesque spewing of oil into the gulf, the source of their livelihood demolished along with their homes. they can barely provide for themselves and their families, so what happens to their four legged babies?!?

they are being taken to the local shelters to be euthanized.

if ever in my life i have thought i had it hard, i have never ever had to consider relinquishing my animals. the thought makes it hard to even write.

sooo, why share all this with you?

because i want to do something. something more than just sign these petitions…

and as i was weeping to john, wallowing in my feelings of helplessness, he reminded me that i can do something. i can make jewellery and jewellery makes money. so find an organization that can help and then raise money to send to this org.

he is so brilliant and i love him so :)

as soon as he says this, i read a blog post from the humane society of the us. they have just collaborated with another group to send tons of pet food to some of the areas hardest hit by katrina and the gulf spill.

i am going to do some more research and then make a proposal to all of you.

if you are thinking about a piece of jewelry, be it a little peace sign or a large custom creation, i will send a portion of the sale to such a rescue group in the month of july.

still have to do some research, but thought here was the best place to get the ball rolling.

i will keep you posted.

be so well

(and say a prayer for the international whaling commission, meeting today in morocco to decide the fate of the barbaric practice of whaling).