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Helping hearts: Food drivespart of Boutique’s aid to local pet community

By: Linda Hoover, Rescued Hearts Unique Boutique
December 12, 2014 Updated: December 12, 2014 at 10:17 am
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Rescued Hearts Unique Boutique is no ordinary thrift store.

It’s a non-profit, all-volunteer thrift store with great buys on donated clothing, household goods, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, and pet supplies. But that’s just the beginning.

After nearly two years, Rescued Hearts, 3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., is continuing its mission to raise funds for local animal rescue and welfare groups. Visit the Rescued Hearts Facebook page for information on upcoming events and fundraisers. Here’s a look at some of Rescued Hearts’ most successful projects in 2014:


ADOPTION FAIRS

One of Rescued Hearts’ favorite projects is hosting adoption fairs. The boutique partners with organizations like Lucky Dog Rescue, BeALuckyDog.com/Rescue, and Pals Forever Animal Rescue, PalsForever.org, to find forever homes for local dogs. Dozens of dogs have found homes through a meeting at Rescued Hearts. The boutique has also hosted adoptable kittens from Happy Cats Haven, HappyCatsHaven.org.


DOG FOOD DRIVES

Rescued Hearts hosts dog food drives for organizations like Blue Lion Rescue, BlueLionRescue.org, which rescues large breed dogs and serves up about 9,000 pounds of kibble each month. Bon Pet Supply, 2312 N. Wahsatch Ave., Republic of Paws, 2411 W. Colorado Ave., and Mike's Natural Pet Market, 3618 Jeannine Dr., have donated food for this drive.

The boutique has great connections around the county and helped Majestic Canine Rescue, MajesticCanineRescue.squarespace.com, deliver a truckload of cat food to Look What the Cat Brought In, LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn.org, a local feline shelter.

The organization worked with Denver musician Joe Zamora – now in Nashville – to run a successful canned food drive for Breeder Release Adoption Service, a mill dog rescue group. Zamora collected food and cash donations during his performances and doubled the amount the boutique was able to collect. Mike’s Natural Pet Market then sold Rescued Hearts canned food at cost, stretching cash donations even further. The rescue group was able to feed dozens of dogs for an entire month.


LOW-COST VACCINATIONS

Rescued Hearts partners with Dr. Amy Neidig of Healthy Companions Preventative Pet Care, 5310 Montebello Ln., to offer low-cost vaccination clinics in the store, along with microchipping, licensing and blood tests. There is no exam fee, and Dr. Neidig supplies Rescued Hearts with vouchers for the same services at her clinic, also without an exam fee.

Dr. Neidig offers antibody titer testing to determine whether your pet requires a vaccine. Antibody titer testing is not widely known by pet owners, so Dr. Neidig offers classes at Rescued Hearts to help pet owners understand how it can help their pets.

Instructor Cheryl Maxfield leads a “Make and Take: Essential Oils for Pets” class at Rescued Hearts. Maxfield uses primarily DoTerra oil, and for a small fee, she can show you how to custom blend oils and sprays for your pets, from calming essences to products that soothe irritated skin. Attendees take home at least two products they have created themselves to help their pets.


GROUP OF THE MONTH

Each month, Rescued Hearts selects a group of the month, and the group receives a grant at the month’s end. For December, Rescued Hearts involved invited its customers to vote on their favorite local group – All Breed Rescue & Training was selected as the winner. Learn more about All Breed at HaveANiceDog.org.

Rescued Hearts also distributes multiple awards quarterly and supports groups in the Indy Gives! Campaign. Donations are also raised online at Rescued-Hearts.org. In 2014, it added Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue, Chihuahua-SmallDogRescue.org, and Safe Place for Pets, SafePlacePets.org, to the roster of about 20 benefiting organizations.


SHOP, DONATE, VOLUNTEER

Most Rescued Hearts merchandise is donated, but some products are purchased new, like pet supplies and gift-type items. Browse the collection of leashes, collars and harnesses, including Denver’s professional football team merchandise. Do you like to hike with your dog? Rescued Hearts sells collapsible water dishes, along with a variety of treats and chew toys. None of its edibles are made in China.

The boutique also has products for your feline friends, including outdoor screen enclosures so cats can safely enjoy the yard. Rescued Hearts also sells herbs like basil and cilantro, grown by the store’s newest board member, Megan Byers. The store also plans to sell aloe plants over the winter.

Be sure to bring in your donations for a tax receipt, or consider volunteering if you want to get more involved. Rescued Hearts recruits volunteers who can commit to at least one three-four hour shift weekly. Retail and/or rescue experience is a plus, but not a must to help out at Rescued Hearts Unique Boutique.

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