Buy some bling and help rescue Pomeranians from puppy mills, the street or local, euthanizing shelters. Paws for Poms, an online jewelry store, was founded by neighborhood craftswoman Kimberly Moore as a benefit fundraiser for the Dallas-based organization Recycled Pomeranians. Recycled Pomeranians is a volunteer-run organization that rescues hundreds of purebred Pomeranians every year. So far in 2013, Recycled Pomeranians has rescued 220 Poms. East Dallas neighbor Moore became involved with the organization after adopting her own four-legged friend, Emma, from the rescue team two years ago. When Moore first saw a picture of Emma on the Recycled Pomeranians website, she noticed Emma had a cast on her front leg, but Emma was so precious Moore wanted to visit her anyway. By the time Moore met Emma for the first time at Emma’s foster home, the cast was gone, but the story behind the injury was still a tragic cautionary tale. Emma grew up in a puppy mill in Missouri before being rescued by Recycled Pomeranians and placed in a loving foster home. “When they pulled her out of the puppy mill, she had never walked before,” Moore explained. The breeders kept Emma cooped up in a small, filthy cage, where she gave birth to litter after litter. “She had never been out of the cage, so she had no muscles in her legs. So at her foster family’s house, she jumped off the couch and snapped her leg.” Luckily she healed fine, although she still won’t jump off couches or beds, Moore says. Moore took Emma home, and after a lot of TLC, Emma has warmed up to life in a loving furrever home. “It takes a lot of love, but they come around,” Moore says of rescued pups. “There’s just nothing like rescuing. And these dogs are so grateful to you. They know you rescued them.” Moore, too, was grateful to Recycled Pomeranians, so she wanted to find a way to pay them back. Tapping into her knack for jewelry making, she launched Paws for Poms to help raise money for the organization.
To see some of Moore’s jewelry or to request a custom-designed bracelet, visit pawsforpoms.com.