Our Mission

Shelter Pets began as a way to pay tribute to our pup Chops after he passed away three years ago, while also trying to find a way to help the shelter we adopted him from. We spent months trying to think of a fun way to accomplish this, and eventually came up with the idea of stuffed animals modeled after real pets that were rescued/adopted.

The initial idea was to create 2-4 stuffed animals with a few dogs and cats, but as we began working with shelters that 2-4 quickly became 8 different stuffed animals. We expanded beyond dogs and cats after seeing how many great shelters there are helping bunnies, horses, pigs, ferrets, turtles, ducks, and so many other great animals.

With each Shelter Pet sold, 10% of net sales will be donated to non-profit animal shelters, with the shelter that the pet was adopted from receiving at least 5% of all sales. The other 5% will be donated to any rescue/shelter that refers the sale, but if there is no referring shelter then the  5% also goes to the shelter the pet was adopted from. If you are a shelter interested in our referral program, please contact us for information when the store launches.

We also want to make Shelter Pets open to all pets in future series, so we invite you to submit your adopted pet for consideration. The only rule is that they must have been adopted from a non-profit shelter/rescue. If you are interested in submitting your furry family member, please check out the submissions page.

Please use the contact form to drop us a note about anything at all: Product ideas, shelter involvement, pictures of your pets, stories about your pets, funny jokes... we love hearing from you about anything!

Thanks for visiting our page and please follow us on social media as we will be frequently posting pictures, promotions, giveaways, and updates. We are excited about the response so far from shelters and pet owners, and we can't wait to see where this journey takes us next!