Rational Animal

Rational Animal Rational Animal is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 with the mission of creating media and special events to help at-risk animals.
Rational Animal uses media and special events to raise public awareness of animal welfare issues, including the homeless pet epidemic, animal abuse and neglect, and the importance of humane education for our youth. In 2014 Rational Animal will celebrate 12 years as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization engaging the public and hundreds of volunteers in the New York City area and beyond for the animals that need our help most. Rational Animal created the Gimme Shelter Rock n Rescue Benefit series, the Orange Ribbon for Animals awareness campaign, Mother's Comfort Project beds for animals in shelters, several series of public service announcements, Gingerbread Homes for Animals Holiday Humane Education events and five editions NYC's shelter map, Trails to Tails.
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November 13, 2016, Woolyn in Brooklyn donated their space for a day of needle felting catnip toys. The resulting toys were donated to The Brooklyn Cat Cafe.

Mission: Save, Care, Love.

I want to thank my friend and wonderful volunteer Marylou Santoro for making these wonderful catnip toy gift bags (of 4 ...
05/14/2019

I want to thank my friend and wonderful volunteer Marylou Santoro for making these wonderful catnip toy gift bags (of 4 catnip toys) and really fun dog pull/chew toys to help raise funds for our Mother's Comfort Project. You can find them and beautiful pet beds sewn by volunteers at the Rational Animal shop. Visit www.rational-animal.org.

So excited to share our new catnip toy bags (4 in a bag) made by our very own wonderful volunteer, Marylou Santoro. Thank you so much, Marylou! She brought these and some wonderful multi-color dog pull/chew toys to the SPCA Dog Walk on 5/4/19 to help us raise funds for our Mother's Comfort Project. The catnip bags and all our dog pull/chew toys are now available in our store as well as a whole bunch of new beautiful beds! Visit www.rational-animal.org.

So excited to share our new catnip toy bags (4 in a bag) made by our very own wonderful volunteer, Marylou Santoro. Than...
05/13/2019

So excited to share our new catnip toy bags (4 in a bag) made by our very own wonderful volunteer, Marylou Santoro. Thank you so much, Marylou! She brought these and some wonderful multi-color dog pull/chew toys to the SPCA Dog Walk on 5/4/19 to help us raise funds for our Mother's Comfort Project. The catnip bags and all our dog pull/chew toys are now available in our store as well as a whole bunch of new beautiful beds! Visit www.rational-animal.org.

04/30/2019
All For Animals tv

So proud of our volunteers for sewing almost 10,000 beds. Here's a recent story about our Mothers Comfort Project and bed and toy delivery to Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)! Thanks to Friends Seminary Hunter College MCCNY Charities All For Animals tv We also delivered to Best Friends Animal Society! #adoptdontshop #shelteranimals #pitbulllove

All For Animals tv joined Rational Animal as they delivered more than a hundred volunteer sewn dog & cat beds and toys to Animal Care Centers of NYC’s Manhattan shelter. This was part of their ongoing Mother’s Comfort project which has delivered some 10,000 handmade beds and toys to shelters and rescue groups in New York City since 2009. Learn more about Rational Animal at Rational-Animal.org.

Thank you All For Animals tv for spreading the word about our bed sewing #motherscomfortproject. Going strong for 10 yea...
04/16/2019

Thank you All For Animals tv for spreading the word about our bed sewing #motherscomfortproject. Going strong for 10 years - this year we hope to make and deliver our 10,000th bed and countless more catnip toys and doggy chew toy. This is also a call for a volunteer who can manage these sewing events. Must be able to sew, have good people and animal communication skills. Contact us.

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Just some of the awesome @nycacc pets we met today while shooting forthcoming @allforanimalstv video featuring Rational Animal which delivered more than 100 dog and cat beds and toys hand sewn by volunteers to #nycacc! Series on #rescuesupport groups coming soon!
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#allforanimalstv #rationalanimal #acc #animalrescue #catbed #dogbed #animalshelter #helpshelteranimals #nycacc

Another productive day of sewing for Mother's Comfort Project with Rational Animal. Our final count was sixty cat/dog be...
04/14/2019

Another productive day of sewing for Mother's Comfort Project with Rational Animal. Our final count was sixty cat/dog beds, 140 catnip toys and 25 dog pull toys. Today was special because the founder and the core group of volunteers, some of whom are not local, were reunited. Rational Animal is creating a series of tutorial videos and today the project began.Thanks to the students from Hunter College and The Friends School for their volunteering as well.

10 Years & 10,000 Homemade Beds & Toys Delivered to New York City Homeless AnimalsAPRIL 10, 2019 - The non-profit organi...
04/10/2019
Welcome! | Rational Animal Non-Profit Organization

10 Years & 10,000 Homemade Beds & Toys Delivered to New York City Homeless Animals

APRIL 10, 2019 - The non-profit organization Rational Animal is gearing up to again bring volunteers together to sew beds and toys during their Mothers Comfort Project on April 13 in Manhattan. Since the project began in 2009, the group has sewn and delivered over 9,000 beds and toys for dogs and cats in local shelters.* This being their 10th year, they’ve set a goal of reaching 10,000 beds sewn and delivered to homeless animals.

“With thousands of homeless animals in NYC shelters at any given time coping with the stress of the shelter, the emotional confusion and fear, we thought at least we can provide some comfort,” explains Brandt. “Now, 10 years later, we’ve been able to do that for nearly 10,000 animals, homemade beds and toys delivered to shelters with pats and encouraging words for each dog or cat.”

For many years the group rented sewing studios but in more recent years, through their capital campaign to buy their own sewing machines, they now have 12 sewing machines which they can bring anywhere, most recently to the Metropolitan Community Church of New York on 36th St. With each capital campaign donor, a sewing machine displays a plaque dedicated to a beloved animal or friend of animal.

Also in the repertoire of hand-made comfort goods are doggy pull toys that volunteers weave out of fleece and hand-sewn catnip toys.

“We wish we could comfort the millions of animals in need of hope around the world,” Brandt says, “but this is where we begin – and to each dog or cat, a bed, a toy and some love, the healing begins.”

JOIN THE NEXT MOTHERS COMFORT PROJECT
April 13, 10am-4pm
Metropolitan Community Church of NY
446 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018
Space is limited, so please RSVP: [email protected]

*List of shelters who have received Mothers Comfort Project beds and toys:
Animal Care & Control, NYC
Animal Care & Control, Brooklyn
Animal Care & Control, Staten Island
Animal Haven, NYC
Ready for Rescue, NYC
Aslans Cats Sanctuary, Lagrangeville
Liberty Humane, Jersey City
Bide-a-Wee, Wantagh
Brookhaven Animal Shelter, Brookhaven
Pets Alive Westchester
Little Orphan Animals, Peekskill, NY
SPCA, Briarcliff
Mount Vernon Animal Shelter
Adopt-A-Dog, Armonk
Westchester Humane Society
It's Reigning Cats & Dogs, Mt. Kisco
Yonkers Animal Shelter
New Rochelle Humane Society
Mid Hudson Animal Aid
AnimalsRFamily, Stamford, CT
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
Community Cats
SPCA in Bradley County, TN
Kitty Kind, NYC
Friends of Freddie, Queens
Ready for Rescue, NYC

Please help us sew beds for dogs and cats on Saturday, April 13, 10am-4pm. RSVP: mcp@rational-animal.org We will deliver...
04/10/2019

Please help us sew beds for dogs and cats on Saturday, April 13, 10am-4pm. RSVP: [email protected] We will deliver these beds into the cages of the wonderful animals now at New York City Animal Care & Control.#nycacc #shelteranimals #volunteer

OUR NEXT SEWING EVENT IN MANHATTAN, APRIL 13SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP: mcp@rational-animal.org
04/04/2019

OUR NEXT SEWING EVENT IN MANHATTAN, APRIL 13
SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP: [email protected]

Mothers Comfort Project is seeking a new manager for our Manhattan chapter. Must be an excellent sewist, good with peopl...
03/10/2019

Mothers Comfort Project is seeking a new manager for our Manhattan chapter. Must be an excellent sewist, good with people, physically able to pick up sewing machines. Access to vehicle a must. Call Susan at 917-239-9229 to set up an interview. Must be able to commit to 12 months as a volunteer for this project. Must have one weekend day available per month and able to commit 5 hours of volunteer time during the week.

02/22/2019
It's time to Conga!

This beautiful girl is Conga. Weird name aside , she is so gorgeous and a wonderful sweetheart of a little girl. Here she is playing with her new Mother's Comfort catnip toy (and bed in the foreground). She's looking for someone who'll show her just how special she is every day furr the rest of her life! Go meet her at the SPCA in Briarcliff. http://www.spca914.org/

02/13/2019
Rescue Rite cats need purrmanent homes!

These are two of the many adorable, sweet cats waiting to meet their furrever families. They are at Rescue Right/Community Cats in Bedford, NY, https://www.rescueright.org/. They are so enjoying their new catnip toys (along with Mother's Comfort Project Westchester donated beds). Please go visit these two and all the other cats and fall in love!

02/11/2019

Rational Animal is seeking a team leader to help us manage our sewing events in New York City. With another leader, Maggie, who has been managing these events for 10 years(!) will be able to produce more sewing events serving more animals in need. We are looking for someone with management skills, people skills, a can-do attitude, a team-player able to do some physical work when needed (i.e. drive, pick up sewing machines) and animal lover who can commit to at least a year of volunteering with us. It's a labor of love, but if you love to sew and love animals, it's a very gratifying experience. Contact [email protected]

SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 13, 2019 Mothers Comfort ProjectManhattanSpace is limitedRSVP: mcp@rational-animal.org
02/11/2019

SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 13, 2019
Mothers Comfort Project
Manhattan
Space is limited
RSVP: [email protected]

02/11/2019
Opie

Opie is an extremely special boy. He is a hugger and will just hold on and purr his little heart out while in your arms. I know because I was a lucky recipient of his hugs when delivering beds & toys to his shelter. He is at Little Orphan Animals in Peekskill http://www.littleorphananimals.mysite.com/. He's approximately 11 and would be so grateful to have someone to love and be loved in his furrever home. Please go meet Opie and fall in love.

02/11/2019
Miss Quinn

This is the beautiful, sweet Miss Quinn with her new Mother's Comfort Project Westchester bed & catnip toy. She's at Posh Pets Rescue at the Petsmart in Greenburgh, NY looking to meet her furrrever special person. https://poshpetsrescueny.org/

12/29/2018
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Consider a year-end tax-deductible donation in support of our Mothers Comfort Project. Our latest video shows what it's all about. Please donate through our website Rational Animal - THANK YOU FOR HELPING US HELP HOMELESS ANIMALS!

Mothers Comfort Project - a project of Rational Animal, a non-profit animal advocacy organization, that is dedicated to sewing beds and toys for homeless dog...

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help sew beds at our Thanksgiving Mother's Comfort Project! We sewed a record amou...
12/02/2018

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help sew beds at our Thanksgiving Mother's Comfort Project! We sewed a record amount of beds and toys and then delivered them to some very grateful cats at #KittyKind at #Petco, Union Square, New York City! Thanks to the students Friends Seminary and Hunter College for joining us!

11/21/2018
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We Give Thanks to the wonderful Mothers Comfort Project volunteers who came to help us sew beds for animals in NYC shelters. Thanks NY1 News for helping us spread the word about homeless animals and ways you can help. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

11/09/2018
SAVE THE DATE - November 17, 2018 in Manhattan - we will hold our Thanksgiving Mother's Comfort Project to sew beds for ...
10/31/2018

SAVE THE DATE - November 17, 2018 in Manhattan - we will hold our Thanksgiving Mother's Comfort Project to sew beds for animals in shelters in the NYC and beyond

Space is limited to RSVP to [email protected]

Happy #WorldAnimalDay! We can't believe it was 12 years ago we rocked NYC with our GIMME SHELTER: ROCK & RESCUE NYC bene...
10/04/2018

Happy #WorldAnimalDay! We can't believe it was 12 years ago we rocked NYC with our GIMME SHELTER: ROCK & RESCUE NYC benefit featuring the #BeastieBoys, #DebbieHarry, #MickRock, #NellieMcKay, #BlueOysterCult, #MarshallCrenshaw, #MayPang, #HandsomeDickManitoba, #JoeHurley, #ChiChiValenti, #Buzzcocks, #Ramone's #ArturoVega #ASPCA, #NYTails, #MayorsAllianceforNYC'sAnimals! We remain grateful that so many cool people support our work for at-risk animals!

08/28/2018

Rational Animal is seeking a team leader to help us manage our sewing events in New York City. With another leader, Maggie, who has been managing these events for 10 years(!) will be able to produce more sewing events serving more animals in need. We are looking for someone with management skills, people skills, a can-do attitude, a team-player able to do some physical work when needed (i.e. drive, pick up sewing machines) and animal lover who can commit to at least a year of volunteering with us. It's a labor of love, but if you love to sew and love animals, it's a very gratifying experience. Contact [email protected]

These adorables were pulled by the wonderful Posh Pets Rescue from the ACC.  And the lovely bed under beautiful Jezzebel...
06/30/2018

These adorables were pulled by the wonderful Posh Pets Rescue from the ACC. And the lovely bed under beautiful Jezzebel (left) is a Mother's Comfort Project bed! Love it!

Welcome to our newest Poshies ❤ JEZZEBEL & GERALD ❤ These sweeties were scheduled to be euthanized today at ACC but thanks to Vicky R.’s offer to foster to get them over their shelter colds, we were able to save them. Fostering truly does save lives!

Please consider fostering a cat this summer! Apply to foster at http://www.jotform.us/form/42035733725149

We had a very productive day sewing beds and toys for the dogs and cats in the city shelters. We sewed 105 beds over100 ...
06/11/2018

We had a very productive day sewing beds and toys for the dogs and cats in the city shelters. We sewed 105 beds over
100 cat toys and 40 dog toys!!! Thanks to Maggie Massimine for brilliantly organizing another sewing event for the 10th year in a row! Thanks to the Metropolitan Community Church of New York for hosting our MCP at Deloitte again this year! Thanks to Connie Harris for donating several sewing machines to help us sew in honor of her beloved cats and thanks to David Glicksman for helping us deliver to the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC).

We had a very productive day sewing beds and toys for the dogs and cats in the city shelters. We sewed 105 beds over
100 cat toys and 40 dog toys!!! Thanks to Maggie Massimine for brilliantly organizing another sewing event for the 10th year in a row! Thanks to the Metropolitan Community Church of New York for hosting our MCP at Deloitte again this year! Thanks to Connie Harris for donating several sewing machines to help us sew in honor of her beloved cats and thanks to David Glicksman for helping us deliver to the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC).

Yes!
05/16/2018
UH philosopher recognized for work on animals and rational thought

Yes!

A philosopher from the University of Houston has received the 2018 Article Prize from the American Philosophical Association for work demonstrating that a wide range of animal species exhibit 'executive control' in decision-making, acting in ways long thought to require language.

Did you know that you can purchase the Orange Ribbon for Animals, an awareness ribbon trademarked by Rational Animal spe...
04/25/2018
Orange Ribbon for Animals

Did you know that you can purchase the Orange Ribbon for Animals, an awareness ribbon trademarked by Rational Animal specifically for bringing attention to at-risk animals? Wear your support today!

Orange Ribbon for Animals sold by Rational Animal Shop. Shop more products from Rational Animal Shop on Storenvy, the home of independent small businesses all over the world.

Local, independent pet supply store, Croton Pet Station, located in Croton-on-Hudson, is now selling Mother's Comfort Pr...
03/19/2018
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Local, independent pet supply store, Croton Pet Station, located in Croton-on-Hudson, is now selling Mother's Comfort Project Westchester beds for cats or small dogs! A big thank you to Anna Fortini, co-owner, for supporting Rational Animal. Please visit. They have great alternative, healthy food, other pet supplies, doggy daycare, and self-wash stations for dogs. https://www.facebook.com/crotonpetstation/. Not in the area? More beds are for sale at Rational Animal's shop: http://www.storenvy.com/stores/361369-rational-animal-shop

03/09/2018
National Geographic TV

We Love #JaneGoodall and are so excited to screen this documentary for our Rational Animal volunteers in Grass Valley, CA!

The best advice Dr. Jane Goodall ever received is the same advice she shares with young people around the world today.

Thanks to #TheBodyShop for keeping the pressure on #noanimaltesting This canine-assisted protest was held outside the UN...
01/25/2018
There Was A Literal Dog Protest Against Animal Testing In Front Of The UN

Thanks to #TheBodyShop for keeping the pressure on #noanimaltesting This canine-assisted protest was held outside the UN headquarters in New York City on Jan. 24. The event served to assert that animal testing is an outdated and cruel practice that harms up to 500,000 animals per year. glad to be able to help. Sign the petition here!

This protest is for the dogs — literally. It's fairly common for conscious beauty brands to speak out against animal testing and to lobby for their industry to become cruelty-free. But The Body Shop just took things a step further. The Body Shop and …

January 5th is just days away! Do you know what that means?  It's time to celebrate National Bird Day 2018!  Now, in its...
01/02/2018
Avian Welfare Coalition - Download Flyers & Fact Sheets

January 5th is just days away! Do you know what that means? It's time to celebrate National Bird Day 2018!

Now, in its 16th year, National Bird Day remains the longest running, most successful, and effective public awareness campaign on behalf of captive birds.

Avian Welfare has created some terrific new posters, along with revamped versions of our 5 Steps to Better Bird Welfare, all now available for download at: http://www.avianwelfare.org/action/flyers/index.htm

Please help us to spread the word about National Bird Day through your social media pages! Here are 3 easy ways:

(1) Join us on the new NationalBirdDay page at: https://www.facebook.com/NationalBirdDay/

(2) Download and distribute the new National Bird Day "More Beautiful Wild" flyer series: http://www.avianwelfare.org/action/flyers/index.htm

(3) Share the National Bird Day posters and news at: https://www.facebook.com/NationalBirdDay/

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