“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
We believe "do your part" is more than just a motivational mantra. We believe "just be kind" is more than an inspirational utterance. And we know for sure that "show up" is not just a sentiment to be stamped on a bracelet (although we do that!). There are people who show up every day to rescue animals from dangerous situations. They get dogs off the street, they support low-cost spay/neuter programs to combat pet overpopulation, and they open their homes to foster dogs and cats. They do the hard, behind-the-scenes work we respect. And we think they deserve help. That's where woof, stitch M's pet project, comes in.
In 2016, we launched woof. We're passionate about dogs. We're adamant about kindness. Why not combine the two ideals, we thought, and create art that gives back? So we did, and woof was created.
In 2017, we gave a portion of the woof proceeds to Helping Paws, PAWS Chicago, and Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary. In 2018, we added Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions, Frosted Faces Foundation, and Marley's Mutts to our list of recipients. Vulnerable dogs and cats rely on these organizations, and we want to help further their work, which is what we'll continue to do in 2019.
Since embarking (get it?) on this woof journey, what have we learned? You. Love. Your. Dogs. We think that's pretty cool. What else have we learned? You have, on average, 3,467 pictures of your dog on your phone, and you hesitate not one second when we ask to see them. #swoon
Below is a gallery near and dear to our hearts. It contains dogs and people we've met, dogs we'll never meet but had the honor of capturing in stitched art, and dogs who received the second chance they so deserved. We think you'll agree, it's something to behold.