11.3.17
pincause campaign to end puppy mills

All animals deserve the chance to live well. Some might argue that dogs deserve it even more than the rest of us; with nothing but pure innocent love to give, we can’t say they’re wrong.

Kate Lind and Nate Stevens, founders of Pincause, have teamed up with the Humane Society to encourage people to adopt fuzzy friends instead of shop for them, and help put an end to puppy mills for good.

To reach their 2017 funding goal of $250k, Pincause is selling adorable pins for $5 a piece — one designed for your human bestie to boast, another for your actual best friend.

Pincause has helped raise money to support other causes and organizations we’re passionate about, including the March for Science, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy and more.

Read on to learn more about the Pincause x Humane Society collab, what they stand for and how to support their (pin)cause…
Who We AreWe’re Kate Lind and Nate Stevens (Kate + Nate), founders of Pincause. We are partners in business and in life. We reside in a small apartment in lovely downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.

We bring people together with little wearable works of art that spark positive conversations. Each little work of art we create supports a big cause and raises money for a non-profit doing impactful work in that area. Since launching in January 2017, we’ve raised close to $170,000 for Planned Parenthood, ACLU, International Rescue Committee, The March for Science and, currently, the Humane Society of the United States.

What Our Pins DoYou can check out all our pins at Pincause.com. Each Pincause gives people a beautiful piece of art to wear that sparks conversations about an issue they are passionate about.

Pincause x The Humane Society of the United States aims to give animal lovers the opportunity to share with others the importance of considering adoption first. These conversations will shed light on the horrible breeding conditions of puppies purchased from pet stores and online. For every pin sold, two dollars go to the Humane Society of the United States’ Stop Puppy Mills campaign. The HSUS’s Humane Generation: Friends of Finn committee is currently focused on getting pet stores to move from a selling-dogs model to an adoption model. Amazingly, California just passed legislation that bans the sale of dogs and other animals bred in inhumane conditions (instead they’ll offer only rescue animals from shelters).

What We Wish Everyone Knew
About Animal Welfare

Know the Facts. Did you know that 95% of pet-store dogs come from puppy mills? Or did you know that humans and canines have had a partnership for over 10,000 years? The foundation of early society was built by people who depended on a working relationship with canines.

Speak Up. Dogs give us so much and demand so little in return. They can’t speak for themselves, so it’s our job to speak up for them.

Communication is Key. Dogs are not human. They have an entirely different set of rules for communication, and it’s up the people to learn those rules. We love Cesar Millan’s philosophy on human/dog interaction. Here is a great NYT video.

Shop Around. Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). Adopting an animal from a shelter is a wonderful option. It’s important to find an animal that works best for you and your family and one that will thrive within your lifestyle.


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