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The Story Behind Our New Bag!

Here at Viva La Vegan we like to make a statement with what we wear - Adopt Don’t Shop is something very personal to our heart.

Our family has been very lucky to be joined by four amazing furies all rescued, non of them planned- all sort of just found us… and one by one complimented and grew into the family.

Their tales are pretty amazing & would challenge the story-line of any great drama.

First to join was beautiful Libby, Libby meaning my heart in Hebrew (fitting the shape of her nose & white bib ) she sure grew into the meaning in name & nature. Abandoned on a balcony, found with another dog that died of heart worm. Her fragile tenderness won me over in a heartbeat. She has accompanied me through some of my darkest days & happiest moments.

She is my angel.

Then came Shekel, the gentlest soul I’ve had the pleasure to meet so far. Named after the smallest coin in Israel- food obsessed - a minpin- not as mini as she could be. She lives for cuddles and food, she is a great example of living life’s simple pleasures, but her life wasn’t always easy, ‘Rescued’ from a Puppy farm and put into a kill shelter, adopted by a troubled guy who later asked me to look after her for an hour, then disappeared, became a stalker before committing murder… A lucky escape for us both.

With a puppy like innocence, spayed too young even now her chin grows grey she is the baby of the family, always will be regardless of age.  

Shekel is my gift.

Then came the ruler of the family, Mika ‘Me-cat’. Found on the streets of Tel Aviv- apparently screaming for 2 days before we found him, part cat , part dog, part  (Bengal) tiger a stripy–spotty ball of mischief – blue eyes barely open, once home he latched onto Libby and she nursed her surrogate to health, quickly growing out of his awkward looking teenage as he grew into his huge ears and tail to become king of his domain

Mika is my knight.

Last but not least (for now) came Luna, named after the 3 nights of moonlight that we spent looking for her. A sad story with a fairy-tale ending, abandoned in the dessert as a young pup, brought to a small shelter run by an amazing, if not slightly crazy Canadian lady, The shelter flooded and a shout out was put out on Facebook for emergency fostering. As we were ‘full’ a friend and I offered to help taxi the dogs from the rural shelter to the city. Luna startled by the unfamiliar city sounds ran off, only to be found 3 days later limping after she had been hit by a car, we picked her up in the evening, I said she could stay one night until we could make arrangements, 2 years and 1 country move later and she runs with a wonky limp, loves puddles and smiles at the word ‘walkies’, she is finally thriving and becoming more dog daily.

 Second Chance Shelter https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002391950319&fref=tl_fr_box&pnref=lhc.friends

Luna is my joy.

Having a furry friend (or 4!!) is one of the one of the best things in life, their paw-prints leave a mark on our hearts always. Yet the number of animals abandoned or being given up to shelters is astonishing and is on the rise.

“8 million dogs and cats enter shelters in the USA each year. More than half won’t make it out alive”

*http://www.thedogrescuers.com/

 

Until every homeless animal has found it's forever home we promote & live by ADOPT DON'T SHOP!

Statement printed, 100% Organic Thai monk moon bag. Single over the shoulder handle. Inner secure zip up pocket for valuables.

Single wooden bead closure. Large 58mm badge. Cat bell trim.

Available first @ #VegfestBristol. £20. May 23/24th. thereafter on this website

 

10 Facts About Animal Homelessness*
  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.

*https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-animal-homelessness

 

 

The Story Behind Our New Bag!

Here at Viva La Vegan we like to make a statement with what we wear - Adopt Don’t Shop is something very personal to our heart.

Our family has been very lucky to be joined by four amazing furies all rescued, non of them planned- all sort of just found us… and one by one complimented and grew into the family.

Their tales are pretty amazing & would challenge the story-line of any great drama.

First to join was beautiful Libby, Libby meaning my heart in Hebrew (fitting the shape of her nose & white bib ) she sure grew into the meaning in name & nature. Abandoned on a balcony, found with another dog that died of heart worm. Her fragile tenderness won me over in a heartbeat. She has accompanied me through some of my darkest days & happiest moments.

She is my angel.

Then came Shekel, the gentlest soul I’ve had the pleasure to meet so far. Named after the smallest coin in Israel- food obsessed - a minpin- not as mini as she could be. She lives for cuddles and food, she is a great example of living life’s simple pleasures, but her life wasn’t always easy, ‘Rescued’ from a Puppy farm and put into a kill shelter, adopted by a troubled guy who later asked me to look after her for an hour, then disappeared, became a stalker before committing murder… A lucky escape for us both.

With a puppy like innocence, spayed too young even now her chin grows grey she is the baby of the family, always will be regardless of age.  

Shekel is my gift.

Then came the ruler of the family, Mika ‘Me-cat’. Found on the streets of Tel Aviv- apparently screaming for 2 days before we found him, part cat , part dog, part  (Bengal) tiger a stripy–spotty ball of mischief – blue eyes barely open, once home he latched onto Libby and she nursed her surrogate to health, quickly growing out of his awkward looking teenage as he grew into his huge ears and tail to become king of his domain

Mika is my knight.

Last but not least (for now) came Luna, named after the 3 nights of moonlight that we spent looking for her. A sad story with a fairy-tale ending, abandoned in the dessert as a young pup, brought to a small shelter run by an amazing, if not slightly crazy Canadian lady, The shelter flooded and a shout out was put out on Facebook for emergency fostering. As we were ‘full’ a friend and I offered to help taxi the dogs from the rural shelter to the city. Luna startled by the unfamiliar city sounds ran off, only to be found 3 days later limping after she had been hit by a car, we picked her up in the evening, I said she could stay one night until we could make arrangements, 2 years and 1 country move later and she runs with a wonky limp, loves puddles and smiles at the word ‘walkies’, she is finally thriving and becoming more dog daily.

 Second Chance Shelter https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002391950319&fref=tl_fr_box&pnref=lhc.friends

Luna is my joy.

Having a furry friend (or 4!!) is one of the one of the best things in life, their paw-prints leave a mark on our hearts always. Yet the number of animals abandoned or being given up to shelters is astonishing and is on the rise.

“8 million dogs and cats enter shelters in the USA each year. More than half won’t make it out alive”

*http://www.thedogrescuers.com/

 

Until every homeless animal has found it's forever home we promote & live by ADOPT DON'T SHOP!

Statement printed, 100% Organic Thai monk moon bag. Single over the shoulder handle. Inner secure zip up pocket for valuables.

Single wooden bead closure. Large 58mm badge. Cat bell trim.

Available first @ #VegfestBristol. £20. May 23/24th. thereafter on this website

 

10 Facts About Animal Homelessness*
  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.

*https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-animal-homelessness