"Auction for Farm Animals" preview | Events
With the Auction only a few days away I thought showing off some of the great items would be something everyone would like. The support of the local artisans has been really outstanding, and with nearly 20 gift certificates everyone who joins us Monday September 27th is sure to find something they love.
Many of the shops that donated are located on the Elmwood strip, and with fall quickly approaching, despite what today's weather is telling you, a walk along the Elmwood strip seeing the leaves changing, and shopping at these great shops is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, or evening.
Salons that showed their support by donating gift certificates include Studio 806, Karma Salon, and Hair for Kallista. Shops on the Elmwood strip include The Lexington Co-op, Zillycakes, Mother Nature Florist, Thin Ice, Anna Grace, ShoeFly, Spoiled Rotten, and CowPok which is located by the corner of Elmwood and North. In addition, Buffalo Scooter Company has donated a gift certificate, and the winner of said certificate will also get $100 dollars off the purchase of a new scooter! Percy W Oaks IV has also kindly donated a $100 certificate good towards photos and a photo shoot with him, his pictures are outstanding, most recently his shots of the french tightrope walker delighted me, and I'm certain they'll delight you too. Heather Harris, who I met while at the Elmwood Art Festival will also have a selection of her works in a slide show playing during the auction. Heather will donate 1/2 of the sale of each of the pieces. Her work can be seen by clicking the highlighted Heather Harris here. Though I hate to pick favourites, I must admit it was her canine portraits that drew me into her booth that very warm summer day at the Elmwood Art Festival.
Jenny's Clay House located on Hertel Avenue by Parkside donated a gift certificate, and if you have never been it's a great place for family fun! There you can pick pottery to paint, from small decorative pieces to plates, travel mugs and even dog bowls. My dog has his own special bowl painted by Jenny, and it's one of the cutest bowls I have seen. Better than what you would find at Petsmart for sure, and personalized too.
I even had support that wasn't local! Nasty Neon located in Cincinnati Ohio, an Etsy shop that makes Vegan themed T's, kindly donated T-shirts for the auction, and I bought two for myself! You can shop Nasty Neon's Etsy store by clicking on the highlighted Nasty Neon. The Magic Zoo located in Clearwater Florida also donated. A picture of the adorable pewter pig pin can be seen in the photos below. You can view all the Magic Zoo has to offer by clicking on the highlighted Magic Zoo.
There is one thing that the support for the "Auction for Farm Animals" robustly illustrates: Farm Sanctuary is an organization that works for change in the food animal industry, and that is a change that many people welcome, and should demand.
Farm sanctuary rescues, educates and is the world's largest farm animal advocacy organization. The rescued farm animals can be visited at one of two shelters. A 175-acre farm nestled in picturesque Watkins Glen NY, only 3 hours out of Buffalo. Wine country, car racing, gorges, and a place that will change your life, and you can experience all of that in a short drive. Another farm, 300-plus acres is located in Orland, California.
The education programs that Farm Sanctuary offers range from a short video you view before going on a tour to "Sanctuary Camp" where kids come for their spring break to help out on the farm, and learn about how factory farms impact the environment, the people and the animals involved. Farm Sanctuary's advocacy reaches across the US, and the globe. Pushing initiatives to ban cruel treatment, and confinement of animals used for food, and passing initiatives in California and Ohio to do just that.
More information on Farm Sanctuary can be found on their website, by clicking here.