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Hey everybody...meet Jimmy! ๐Ÿ• He was surrendered to The HOWS Project a year ago and has been spending his time with the loving crew at Caring For Creatures. He is available for adoption and ready for the next step in his journey...a forever home. Might it be you? ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you, Stacey, for his field day! <3

4 days ago

The HOWS Project

NOT YOUR TYPICAL HOWS STORY โ€” The tale of a tree climbing cat and the hero who saved her ๐Ÿ†˜๐Ÿฑ

HOWS received a message from a HOWS client named Susan Friday afternoon regarding a cat who had climbed up a tree and wouldnโ€™t come down, asking what to do. We suggested she call animal control as well as the fire department to see if they could help, and if they could not โ€“ see if they could provide some names of those who could.๏ฟผ Neither operation was able to assist but suggested that she contact a โ€œtree guyโ€. She left several messages with different businesses, but it was pretty close to 5 PM on a holiday weekend; as of Saturday early afternoon (after trying everyone once more with no luck), she reached back out to HOWS. At this point, Ezabelle had been in the tree for four daysโ€ฆ roughly 60 feet up๏ฟผ๏ฟผ๏ฟผ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

HOWSโ€™ Stacey Norris put out a couple pleas for help on Facebook and many of her friends did the same. She also called a dozen or so tree guys herself๏ฟผ, leaving voice messages pleading for assistance. Lisa Schuetz saw the post and immediately connected HOWS with a couple of her tree trimming/climbing friends๏ฟผ๏ฟผ! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโค๏ธ One of those people was our hero of the day, Matthew Bahn of Roots and Limbs Tree Care ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ™ ๏ฟผ

Please check out these amazing photos โ€” some taken by Susan and some by Matthew himself. Thanks to Matthewโ€™s compassion and expertise๏ฟผ, Ezabelle did not have to spend another night stuck in that tree. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿฑ

If Matthew takes his work with trees half as seriously as he does saving cats out of them, heโ€™s definitely your guy for any tree work you might need. ๏ฟผ๐Ÿ‘

Thank you, Matthew Bahn, For all your help. Kitty plus a whole bunch of people slept a lot better last night knowing that the cat HOWS had been trying to help was safe and sound.
โค๏ธ๐Ÿฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿฑโค๏ธ

Roots and Limbs Tree Care
434-218-2211
rootsandlimbstreecarellc.com

#howsproject #rootsandlimbstreecare
#teamwork #catsarecrazyfortrees
#treeclimbing #cats๏ฟผ
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My hero๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ป

not all heros wear capes ๐Ÿ’œ

Was she stuck in the crotch of those two limbs? Asking because apparently cats die more frequently then not. By getting wedged between limbs -

Carrie Schaffer

A true hero โค๏ธ

I’m so happy to see this. Can everyone please keep their cats inside? For so many reasons.

Wonderful Wonderful Newsโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Roots and Limbs Tree Care LLC

Thanks, my mother wants some trees cut down and I will definitely tell her about Matthew!

Made mr night so much peaceful !!! Thank you to whoever revue this baby and Stacey Vaughn Norris thank you for all you do and how much you care โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

That’s is awesome! Thank you Matthew!

Thank you, Matthew!!! Yay!!

I want to thank each and every one of you for your help yesterday and Ezabella is happy and safe getting tons of love today

How wonderful

True heros!

Fabulous!!!!!

What a wonderful story!! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿˆ

Man, I love this story! Thank you, Matt, for taking time out of your holiday weekend for a VERY lucky kitty. YOU ARE AN ANGEL and a GIFT! โค๏ธ

Thank you Matthew Bahn!!

Lisa Schuetz ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Thank you so much. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿค—

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5 days ago

The HOWS Project

Never underestimate the power of two HOWS GALS! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Darlene Hinton and Stacey Norris spent the day making new HOWS Project client friends!

We met Rocky, Spot, Strawberry, Babe, and Pearl ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ
We provided them some dog essentials. And Spot will be neutered soon, which will make this pack eligible for the fencing we would like to put up for them later this year!๏ฟผ ๐Ÿ™Œ (Everyone else besides Spot is already spayed/neutered ๐Ÿ˜‰)

We also met Akira and Buddy. ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ
Buddy is actually the neighborโ€™s dog, but is usually at Akiraโ€™s house... so we provided both of them HOWS dog houses ๐Ÿ™‚๏ฟผ as well as other essentials like no-tip water buckets, flea/tick preventative, pine bedding, and dog food. We also left a bag of cat food for the kitties bouncing around on the property.๏ฟผ. Buddyโ€™s already neutered, but Akira is not... she got signed up today ๐Ÿ‘

Our last stop was to visit Neh Neh and Jackson.๏ฟผ๏ฟผ This was a bittersweet stop; neither were there โ€” Neh Neh had ๏ฟผbeen surrendered to the CASPCA ๐Ÿคž (...given another chance!) but Jackson had been sold ๐Ÿ˜” (...god only knows if heโ€™s ok). Trying to remain hopeful for Jacksonโ€™s fate. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Special thanks to HOWS volunteers Andrea and David Denton, as well as Nancy Burr and Brad Suter for all their work to help us organize this day! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

And thanks to our supporters who help us fund these efforts! We couldnโ€™t do it without you! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

#howsproject #forthedogs
#givemeshelter #spay #neuter
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That is cute the neighbors dogs can come over to socialize, thank you

How can you check up on Jackson?

Y’all are amazing!

You have any group that come to WVa?

The Angel Team!

Wonderful, inspiring work as always!!!!

Thank you for all that you do! ๐Ÿฅฐ

โค๐Ÿ•โค๐Ÿ•โค๐Ÿ•

Wonderful work ladies

Good people doing amazing things for our furry friends!! Thanks for all you do ๐Ÿ’•

Thank you so much for all you do. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿค—

Nice work ladies. โค๏ธ Hoping, beyond hope, Jackson is safe. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Great job ladies! Thank you both!!! Jaleen

Great work ladies!

Great job, ladies. Thanks for all your time and efforts on Saturday.

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1 week ago

The HOWS Project

Itโ€™s National Rescue Dog Day!! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ

Today we recognize all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their life. Itโ€™s because of all of you opening your hearts that so many dogs have been rescued, given shelter and given a life better than what they had. โค๏ธ

So bring on all those bellyโ€™s rubs and smooches...both for canine and human!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’‹

๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ

Want to help HOWS give some well deserved doggies some help and love? See below on ways you can help!

Donate to the HOWS Project - You can make a difference for as little as $5-$10.
housesofwoodandstraw.org/

Purchase needed items on our Amazon Wish List:
www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3OJXCLLQCI22G?ref_=wl_share

Purchase HOWS merchandise items:
Email us at thehowsproject@gmail.com to purchase. (Pictures of merch in our photos and on Instagram)

Spread the word - share this post a few times, send emails to friends/family, make a few calls...anything to help spread the word about HOWS and our need during this time!

๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

#nationalrescuedogday #charity #helpthepups #wishlist #spreadtheword #togetherwegive #housesofwoodandstraw #covid19 #dogsinneed #animalsinneed
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Itโ€™s National Rescue Dog Day!! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ  Today we recognize all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their life. Itโ€™s because of all of you opening your hearts that so many dogs have been rescued, given shelter and given a life better than what they had. โค๏ธ  So bring on all those bellyโ€™s rubs and smooches...both for canine and human!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’‹  ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ  Want to help HOWS give some well deserved doggies some help and love? See below on ways you can help!  Donate to the HOWS Project - You can make a difference for as little as $5-$10. 
https://housesofwoodandstraw.org/  Purchase needed items on our Amazon Wish List: 
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3OJXCLLQCI22G?ref_=wl_share  Purchase HOWS merchandise items: 
Email us at thehowsproject@gmail.com to purchase. (Pictures of merch in our photos and on Instagram)  Spread the word - share this post a few times, send emails to friends/family, make a few calls...anything to help spread the word about HOWS and our need during this time!  ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป  #nationalrescuedogday #charity #helpthepups #wishlist #spreadtheword #togetherwegive #housesofwoodandstraw #covid19 #dogsinneed #animalsinneed

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I adopted 2 rescued dogs in the last year. They both have had/have health issues. No money to help you.

We rescued Buster through HOWS. he is wonderful.

I adopted a beagle, who has been renamed Merlin by my grandkids.

2 weeks ago

The HOWS Project

๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ PSA ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ
Treat your doggyโ€™s skin as you would your own! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโš ๏ธATTENTION - IMPORTANTโš ๏ธ

People are disinfecting the legs of dogs with bleach and Lysol after the walk!

โ€ผ๏ธDON'T DO IT โ€ผ ๏ธ
Bleach is a toxic and corrosive product and you also risk poisoning your dog that will inevitably lick it trying to soothe irritation!

Clean with soap and water.

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๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ PSA ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ
Treat your doggyโ€™s skin as you would your own!  ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

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NO!! NO!! NO!!

That is so ignorant, if your that scared don’t walk them. Just dumb, ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ

What the hell.

How could someone be that stupid!

People. Are. So. Stupid.

Wtf

WTH??? What's wrong with people???

Just NO!

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2 weeks ago

The HOWS Project

Kindness on SO many levels! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿพ

A SUPER BIG THANK YOU to the Companion Animal Fund (CAF) for their *unsolicited grant* to HOWS Project to help us help our four-legged clients during this crisis.
๐Ÿ˜ƒWow! What a nice thing to do โค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›

With these funds we were able to spay/neuter Lilith, Storm, Midnight, and Snippy! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ
(Lilith is also being treated for Heartworm disease ๐Ÿ˜ข and all four are being treated for Hookworm ๐Ÿ˜•)

It takes a village!
Cindy Anderson transported Midnight & Snippy ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™
Lilith and Stormโ€™s mamma transported them ๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ
Old Dominion Animal Hospital helped with all the expert medical care! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›
And the CAF helped with the bill! โฃ๏ธ
Bless you all!

The result: Four healthier happier non-puppy-producing doggies ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

#howsproject #snipsnip
#spay #neuter #CAF #ODAH
#thankyou
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Companion Animal Fund is the best! Thank you!!

Thank you for all you do. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Thank you CAF! The HOWS family of critters thanks you too! โค๏ธ

We are so glad to help during this hard time!

3 weeks ago

The HOWS Project

โœ‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ™Œ Spaying and Neutering your companion animals is SO important!
And when dealing with OUTSIDE dogs, it is even more important. ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ˜” Outside dogs breed outside dogs! ๐Ÿ˜”

Thatโ€™s why HOWS Project offers free spay/neuter to our clients. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

We typically average 3-5 critters per month receiving this service, but thanks to Katii Ann (our spay/neuter coordinator), Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, Old Dominion Animal Hospital, those who have these dogs, and a few HOWS volunteers otherwise, we have hit a record these last 4 weeks...

THESE *11 HOWS DOGS* HAVE BEEN S/N:

Brownie
Kilo
Patches
Rosie
Sparkles
Blackie
Blue Eyes
Sasha
Lilith
Storm
Arctic
11 dogs in 4 weeks!!! Thatโ€™s a lot of doggies!

Nice work HOWS Team Snip! ๐Ÿ˜‰
These babes will be healthier and safer thanks to your efforts!

And a big THANK YOU to our supporters for enabling us to afford to help these animals! We always promise to put your donations to very good use ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿพ

#howsproject #essential
#spay #neuter #care #donate
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Team โœ‚๏ธ snip for the win! Its all for the doggos

3 weeks ago

The HOWS Project

๐Ÿ˜ฎInitially โ€œbornโ€ in the Great Recession; ๐Ÿ˜ทnow reborn in COVID 19! Good news in bad timesโ€ฆ๐Ÿค—โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿพ

Doggy Dog! We Did It!
๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

Many of you know HOWS has been around for the last 12 yearsโ€ฆ but the first half of that run we operated as an LLC and the second half as a project of the nonprofit organization, Voices for Animals (VFA).
BUT (DRUM ROLL!) ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ
WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY OUR *OWN* 501C3 NONPROFIT! OMG! (WE DID IT!) ๐Ÿ™Œ

What sort of changes will this mean for HOWS Project? Well, we are happy to say that we will still be doing all the wonderful things weโ€™ve been doing for dogs (and the other animals we come across on our dog-helping journeys)! Essentially you will see a lot of the same great work from us. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ•

From the administrative side of things, all human resources will be focused solely on HOWS (as opposed to HOWS plus whatever else the parent organization was up to). Itโ€™s just going to be easier. Easier and more laser focused by everyone in our organization. (And VFA can now do the same โ€“ focus exclusively on their efforts). ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

This is such a win/win. We are so grateful for all that we have been able to accomplish under the wing of VFA. But it is time for HOWS to FLY! ๐Ÿฃ
We are keeping the same contact info and business plan! And of course, being a 501c3 nonprofit, your donations are just as tax-deductible now as they were when we were part of Voices. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

This has been a work in progress for about a year now. And we wish to thank McGuireWoods LLP for their generous efforts to help us through the process. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

Pinch us! We still canโ€™t believe we did it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
HOWS Project โ€“ stronger than ever! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ

#howsproject #essential #allgrownup #unified
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Long awaited and SO happy for HOWS! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Outstanding!!! Well Done!!

Huge congratulations!!

Congratulations, this is outstanding!

Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

Thanks Stacey for making all the pieces come together. Fantastic job with lots of hurdles. We love you.

Congratulations, Stacey Vaughn Norris and HOWS team.

Congrats!

Congratulations to one of the best things going around

Yeah!! Super news. Congrats and thank you for all you do!!!๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•

Congratulations and many thanks for all that you do! <3 HOWS!!!

#herosamongus

Congratulations

Congratulations

Happy for u. Lexie bell says, Rowf

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3 weeks ago

The HOWS Project

๐Ÿ™‚It takes a village ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ™Œ

Thank you to the wonderful staff at Old Dominion Animal Hospital, to HOWS volunteer Andrea Denton, and to Arcticโ€™s people! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ
Because of each of you, Arctic was neutered yesterday! ๐Ÿ™Œ
AND โ€” now that all dogs at Arcticโ€™s property are spayed/neutered โ€” once we can start up our 2020 fencing initiative, they will all be receiving fencing! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ
(Unfortunately fencing requires quite a few volunteers, and thatโ€™s tricky during these C19 times...)๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ™

Heal quickly Arctic! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ™

#ittakesavillage #howsproject #essential
#spay #neuter #olddominionanimalhospital
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๐Ÿ™‚It takes a village ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ™Œ  Thank you to the wonderful staff at Old Dominion Animal Hospital, to HOWS volunteer Andrea Denton, and to Arcticโ€™s people! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ
Because of each of you, Arctic was neutered yesterday! ๐Ÿ™Œ
AND โ€” now that all dogs at Arcticโ€™s property are spayed/neutered โ€” once we can start up our 2020 fencing initiative, they will all be receiving fencing! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ
(Unfortunately fencing requires quite a few volunteers, and thatโ€™s tricky during these C19 times...)๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ™  Heal quickly Arctic! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ™  #ittakesavillage #howsproject  #essential
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Poor baby

Wearing his cone of shame with pride! He is such a handsome boy!

Awww...I remember him! He’s such a good boy! He would love the extra space that a fence offers! ๐Ÿ˜Š

He's a handsome dog.

3 weeks ago

The HOWS Project

A little over six hours left of #GivingTuesday! We hope you will consider us to give to! The pups will sure appreciate it!! ๐Ÿถ

How can you help? ๐Ÿค”

Donate to the HOWS Project - You can make a difference for as little as $5-$10.
housesofwoodandstraw.org/

Purchase needed items on our Amazon Wish List:
www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3OJXCLLQCI22G?ref_=wl_share

Spread the word - share this post a few times, send emails to friends/family, make a few calls...anything to help spread the word about HOWS and our need during this time

๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

#GivingTuesday #charity #helpthepups #wishlist #SpreadTheWord #TogetherWeGive #housesofwoodandstraw #COVID19 #dogsinneed #animalsinneed
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A little over six hours left of #GivingTuesday! We hope you will consider us to give to! The pups will sure appreciate it!! ๐Ÿถ  How can you help? ๐Ÿค”  Donate to the HOWS Project - You can make a difference for as little as $5-$10. 
https://housesofwoodandstraw.org/  Purchase needed items on our Amazon Wish List: 
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3OJXCLLQCI22G?ref_=wl_share  Spread the word - share this post a few times, send emails to friends/family, make a few calls...anything to help spread the word about HOWS and our need during this time  ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป  #givingtuesday #charity #helpthepups #wishlist #spreadtheword #togetherwegive #housesofwoodandstraw #covid19 #dogsinneed #animalsinneed
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