OK we'll admit it; once we rescued our animals, we spoiled them rotten - they would never be too cute for the fanciest accessories, clothes, beds, you name it. But sometimes we felt a little bad - after all, what about all the rescues in shelters that didn't have as nice things as our dogs and cats?
So we started looking around for animal accessory and fashion brands that don't just make beautiful, modern goods, but those with a 'rescue-first' mentality.
We were thrilled to discover 4 amazing brands that aren't just doing fashion right, but helping rescuers while they're at it. Take a look at these companies making a difference in both the fashion industry and animal rescue.
- Found My Animal: We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Brooklyn-based shop and story (they met walking their dogs - rescues of course! - in BK) The team of 2 makes amazing adjustable leashes with clips that can be used different ways to keep you hands free when walking you dogs!
But not only do they make awesome dog accessories, they promote animals in need of homes on their website and raise funds for animal groups such as BARC Shelter Brooklyn and Best Friends Animal Society.
- Lucy and Co. is another modern animal fashion brand with the motto, "dogs deserve nice things too" (of course we agree with that!)
Lucy and Co. uses color and patterns to help your dog make a real fashion statement. We adore their chic and stylish doggie bandanas as well as the fact that a % of all purchases goes toward keeping homeless, senior dogs in respectable shelters until they find a forever home. (oh and we LOVE their blog too!)
Golden Doodle Goods is a unique and fun online apparel and accessory brand for dog lovers, based in Miami. By leveraging a team of talented designers and illsutrators, the company is able to keep things high-fashion and unique. From stylish tank tops and shirts perfect for wearing while walking your dog on a hot day, to art gallery-worthy iPhone cases, Golden Doodle is giving new meaning to the idea of "wearing your cause" by donating 5% of all earnings to animal rescue groups!
- Kurgo is a Massachusetts-based travel and outdoor lifestyle brand for active dogs and their humans. We like that their harnesses are sturdy and reliable; they’ve even been crash tested and come with a life-time guarantee. Given their speciality on all things outdoors, it's no surprise these outdoor experts have set up the Kurgo Foundation, which donates resources to help animals during disaster relief
So the next time you're in the mood to spoil your rescue rotten, considering buying from one - or all - of these amazing companies. And if there are other brands like these ones that you want us to feature on SPARK!, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch!