Helping Cats!!

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Hey everyone! Sorry I have been so bad about posting lately! Here are some updates: Mila, the little cat featured in the previous post, is doing well! Tiniestmonkey Designs was able to donate $67 to her medical bills thanks to sales. Hopefully, she will be ready for a forever home soon 🙂 Also, I did a craft fair on Sunday at one of the local libraries, and made about $60…with the addition of some sales earlier this month, I have been able to donate $100 more to Temple Cats…The handsome guy above, Linus, had to get a number of teeth extracted in the hopes that a long-standing upper respiratory infection might finally be defeated. (He also got neutered that day). Temple Cats is ALWAYS in desperate need of foster homes or places for spayed/neutered cats to recover for a few days after surgery. If you live in the Philly area and are interested in helping out, check out our Facebook group.

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Mila’s Story

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Dear Friends,

This lovely girl is a stray cat found on the campus of Temple University.  After she got into a foster home, it was found that she had severe mammary hyperplasia (you can see the swelling of her mammary glands in the photo).  The normal treatment for this condition is spaying, but when she went to the vet to get evaluated for her spay, it was found that she was pregnant.  The plan was to let her carry her babies to term, and then get her spayed, with the hope that she would still be able to nurse her babies, but upon reevaluation, the doctors determined that her condition was so severe that she needed emergency spay sugery in order to survive.  There was no way to save her kittens, but at least she came out of the surgery in good shape.  Until today, when she had to be rushed to the emergency vet because she was having trouble breathing.  She is currently in critical care, and we are praying that she will pull through.  She has been through so much in her short life!  Unfortunately, her vet bills are mounting into the thousands, and we need help to give her the chance at life that she deserves!  Until Mila’s bills are paid, all sales from my Etsy shop will be going to her cause.  If you would like to donate directly to her foster mom, a Chip-in Page has been set up,

First Monetary Donation!

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Just a quick post to report that Tiniestmonkey Designs has made its first monetary donation since I decided to get back into business.  In the month of February, my Etsy shop raised $38!  Not a huge amount, but it is a start…and every little bit helps!  I was able to give $20 to the fund drive to get water pails and cage clips for the dogs at PSPCA Erie Ave.  It may seem like a little thing, but having water pails that clip onto cages will reduce the spills that happen from the current water bowl system.  Dogs knock over the bowls on the ground, making their cage wet, denying them constant access to water, and leavng a mess for kennel staff to clean up, so the new system will make things better for everyone involved.  If you want to help the shelter reach its goal, you can donate via their Chip-in page.  Meanwhile, I will keep crafting and hopefully add to the remaining $18 so we can do more to help more animals!

St. Pitty’s Day Giveaway

Would you like to win this super-cute pit bull pillow?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post!  I will select the winner using the random number generator on Friday, March 9th so I can send you the pillow in plenty of time for the 17th!

P.S. if you want, in your comment, tell me about a lucky dog you know!

P.P.S. Similar pillows will be coming soon to my Etsy shop, but this is one of a kind!!

Links and Donations!

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Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!  Katie B. was the winner!!  And I wanted to share links to all of the recues that people mentioned in their comments:

PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)

Purrfect Paws (really happy Jenn mentioned them, as I discovered that they are the rescue that sells handmade scratching posts!)

Operation Ava

Temple Cats

Please check them out!!!

I am also working on a basket to donate for Doobie’s Bar’s Valentines for Felines fundraiser on Saturday, February 25th…lots of cat treats and goodies, and handmade catnip toys!  I found a great blog post about Doobie’s owner Pat and her work with the cats of Philly.

I have made a couple of sales on my Etsy shop, and obviously hope to raise more money in the future, but don’t forget to think of me when you hear of foster animals who need help with medical bills–I would love to start helping out, and would also like to feature each animal on my blog 🙂

Giveaway!!!

***I am extending the entry period for the giveaway until 9 am est on Valentine’s Day…also stay tuned for a Vanetine’s Day treat!!!***

Okay everyone!  As promised, it’s giveaway time! 

Want to win these mittens I just finished?  They are the Sidecar Mittens, knit in Rowan Scottish Tweed yarn.  I am not selling anything in my shop that I didn’t design myself (except the catnip fish, but the designer said they could be sold to benefit cat rescue!).  But I will give things away! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me two things:

1. What would you be most likely to buy if I sold it on my Etsy shop?

2.  What is your favorite animal rescue?

I will pick a winner from everyone who leaves comments on Friday, February 10th at 12 noon!

A Raffle Donation

I have been working on this lacy scarf for the Philadoptables fundraiser for a few weeks.  Finally finished and blocked!  It was my first time blocking any knitting…I prefer what I call “anarchist knitting” in which I never swatch, usually don’t follow patterns, and don’t block anything.  But this scarf pattern (Saroyan) was quite beautiful, and I wanted to make something that hopefully people will want to win in a raffle!  I love making things for fundraisers, so please don’t ever hesitate to ask me!

Getting started…

Hi everyone!  This blog is intended to work in tandem with my Etsy shop, tiniestmonkey designs.  I am a Philadelphia-based amateur crafter who also loves dedicating my time to animal rescue.  I started my Etsy shop in order to take my love for knitting, crocheting, and sewing, and turn it into a way to help animals!  I have been selling crafts at various small craft shows and via Etsy, and in the past two or three years, have been able to donate a few hundred dollars to Temple Cats and to the Sarge Fund at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.

I don’t currently take in foster animals, but I have provided foster care for over two dozen cats in the past few years.  Knowing how much emergency medical care, or care for chronically or critically ill pets can cost, I really would like to be able to use some of the money I make from my crafts to contribute to medical bills for local foster parents and rescue groups.

In this blog, I hope to chronicle the stories of the animals I am able to support, and also share craft ideas and projects that I complete.  Thanks so much for visiting, and please check out my Etsy shop and its Facebook page.