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    Fundraising For Rescues | Winter 2012 Out Here Magazine

    Eco-friendly shopping bags hold the future of homeless cats

    Doris Winstead with two rescued cats on the right and Judy Ingle with a shopping bag
    Doris Winstead (right) and Judy Ingle make their own "designer" shopping bags from livestock and pet feedbags to raise money for the animal shelter. Donors who give at least $10 get a bag.
    Out Here

    By Page Ivey

    Photography by Mary Ann Chastain

    Lee County Animal Shelter, in the middle of rural Lee County, S.C., shares the burden of countless other shelters and rescue groups across the country: too many dogs, cats, and other pets needing a home and not enough money to create the best possible circumstances to help that happen.

    Doris Winstead helped start the shelter 20 years ago, and for the first 10 was its director and sole employee, along with serving as the county's animal control officer.

    As most animal shelter employees and volunteers know, funding can be hard to come by. Still, Doris constantly sought financial help from the community to spay and neuter cats to make them more adoptable and give them a better opportunity to find a "forever home." But in tight economic times, the reply usually was "no."

    Her quilting buddy, Judy Ingle, suggested an unusual, yet unique, fundraising idea that she learned from a crafter: make shopping bags out of livestock and pet feedbags and sell them.

    Many of the bags, which contain feed for birds, pets, and livestock, are made of woven plastic and decorated with bright colors and images of animals. Some are even made from recycled plastic.

    Doris loved the idea and now, the two have perfected their process so they can sew a shopping bag in as little as 15 minutes. Donors who give at least $10 to the shelter get one of the distinctive, handy shopping bags in return.

    Materials cost the shelter nothing; empty feedbags are donated by the community and collected by Doris, Judy, and their pet-friendly friends. Nothing is wasted and no new material is introduced.

    "This is absolutely the most green idea you can come up with," Doris says. And, the women say, anyone with a sewing machine can make these bags.

    The new project has already saved countless feline lives.

    "This is absolutely the most green idea you can come up with," Doris says. And, the women say, anyone with a sewing machine can make these bags.

    "You couldn't give them away before and now she's getting $25 for the cats because they're spayed," Judy says. "So there's thousands of babies that are not born to be thrown away and thousands that don't need to be taken care of."

    Doris' dedication to homeless and unwanted animals began more than 20 years ago when she found a cat near death after being hit by a car.

    She took it home so it wouldn't crawl back into the road and get hit again. The next morning when it was still alive, she took it to a vet. One vet after another saw the animal with a cracked jaw, punctured eye, and unsteady walk and suggested Doris have it euthanized.

    "This cat has survived all night long with no medical help," she replied. "I'm not killing this cat."

    At her last stop, she walked in and told the vet, "Do not tell me to put this cat down. Give me what it needs and if it dies, God will take care of it."

    The vet provided antibiotics and Doris repaired the broken jaw with a rubber band. She fed the cat human baby food and "Sampson" lived another four years.

    "That's when I decided we needed an animal shelter," she says. "When you have nothing, anything is better than nothing."

    Page Ivey is a South Carolina writer.

    RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUR ANIMAL SHELTER

    Interested in this fundraising idea for your local animal shelter? Click here for step-by-step sewing instructions.

     

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