Mary VandenBergh has a knack for crafts. After all, she was an art teacher for 30 years. But in her retirement, she found a way to combine her skills with her other passion--animals.
Several years ago, Mary purchased a $9 paw print mold and started making cement stones for charity. The idea took off, and she realized people might buy them for a donation to the Pet Emergency Fund (PEF).
The Pet Emergency Fund is an animal assistance organization that helps defray the cost of emergency veterinary care for pet owners unable to met the full cost of service. It's designed to assist in emergency situations for otherwise healthy animals.
"100% of the money goes to the Pet Emergency Fund," says Mary.
So far Mary has made over 2,300 paw stones and raised over $25,000 for PEF.
To contact Mary about making a "paw" to benefit the PEF, call 716-836-0547.
For more information on the Pet Emergency Fund, or to make a donation, write to:
Pet Emergency Fund
P.O. Box 2846
Buffalo, NY 14240-2846