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How-Tuesday: Adopt Me Dog Vests handmade and vintage goods


Late last year, I started working with a new dog rescue here in Brooklyn, Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. This rescue is a little different than most.We save dogs from the southern United States, where pet overpopulation is a big problem, and bring these dogs back to Brooklyn. A few months ago, I took a trip with my fellow volunteer and Etsy staffer, Lo, to pick up a van full of dogs in need from our favorite shelter in Florence, Alabama. This shelter takes in about 50 dogs a day in the summer and they are in desperate need of fosters and volunteers. If you are near Florence, please consider helping!

As soon as we made it to Brooklyn, each dog got fitted with an “Adopt Me” vest, and I realized these vests were way too generic. Our rescue is far from normal, and our dogs are unique. I wanted to come up with an alternative — something that anyone could make. You don’t even need a sewing machine — the only tool you need is a pair of scissors! I hope this how-to inspires you to make a few vests for your local rescue.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Cotton fabric (about 1/2 yard per vest)
  • Velcro strips
  • Webbing
  • Double-sided interfacing (such as Heat ‘N’ Bond)
  • Cardstock
  • Spray paint
  • Iron


1. Download and print these vest templates: small, medium, large, and Adopt Me text.

2. Cut out a rectangle of fabric and a rectangle of interfacing that is slightly bigger than the template you’re using.

3. Bond the double-sided interfacing to the fabric piece using an iron (follow the instructions that come with your interfacing) and cut out a shape that is 1/2″ bigger than the template.

4. Cut out another piece of fabric the exact size of your template.

5. Bond this smaller shape inside the slightly larger piece with an iron.

6. Cut slits every 1/4″ around the edge of the larger piece of fabric.

7. Fold the edges over and bond with an iron.

8. You’ll cut out 1 more rectangle of fabric and interfacing and bond those together. Using this piece, cut out another shape that is  slightly smaller than your template.

9. Now you’ll create a sandwich.  Cut your strips of Velcro to about 8 inches in length (these will attach underneath the dog’s torso) and cut a 4 inch long strip of webbing (this is where the collar will slide through). Place the bonded pieces, then your strips of Velcro and a folded piece of webbing; your final piece of fabric will rest on top (with the bonding side down). Iron this all on both sides to create your bonded vest.

10. Cut out “Adopt Me” from a piece of cardstock and place it on your vest. (A bit of spray adhesive can help keep this in place.) Hold the spraypaint back 12″ from the vest and go over the spot lightly until you have an even coat of paint. Let dry and then remove the stencil.

11. There you have it! Get together with a group of friends and do this craftivism project in an assembly line to create a big pile of “Adopt Me” vests to donate to your local shelter.

If you make your own Adopt Me vest, share a photo with us in the Etsy Labs Flickr group!

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  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff says: Featured

    My new ranch pup, Lefty, came from Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. We thank you guys every night in our bedtime prayers. How he got from the south to the city to New mexico is a magical story. But all dogs are full of magic and love. Thank you, all of you at BBAR for doing this! And Lefty says ARF!!!!

    3 years ago

  • moonlightjourney

    Lynne from moonlightjourney says: Featured

    This is an absolutely fabulous project! Thank you so much! I work for the Humane Society of Port Jervis in the Lower Hudson Valley of NY and we'll put out the word to all the sewers in our area. We'd love to have donations in case there's no shelter near you. Just convo me for info!

    3 years ago

  • elenamc

    elenamc from MaBeautique says: Featured

    Awesome! If anyone would like to have a sewing circle for , we are in dire need of vests for all sizes of dogs. We are nonprofit with no brick and mortar building so all dogs are fostered in our volunteers own homes. When our rescues wear these vests, we see adoptions go much quicker enabling us to save more lives. Please contact me if you'd like to create and donate vests for LCAR? Thanks for this!

    3 years ago

  • daniellexo

    Danielle Maveal from daniellexo says: Featured

    Hi everyone! For those who are asking about more info about Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, check out our website: Or email! Love hearing all these rescue stories, too :)

    3 years ago

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux says:

    That is such a sweet little face!

    3 years ago

  • DaffodilCorner

    Eileen Flieg from DaffodilCorner says:

    What a great story! There are so many deserving animals out there, just waiting for a forever home. All they ask is that we let them love us.

    3 years ago

  • passtheteapot

    J.T. Siems from SweetTeaApothecary says:

    That's such a cute idea. Make one for kitties too!

    3 years ago

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    Judith and Raymond from AnnaOliveDesigns says:

    I want to hug that little cutie!

    3 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    So sweet. What a great idea!

    3 years ago

  • laralewis

    Laurie Lewis from ShopHedgerowRose says:

    Not going to lie, I got a little bit choked up reading this--seeing those adorable pups and knowing that there are people out there willing to make a difference in their lives. Thank you for sharing this!

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage says:

    Great project!

    3 years ago

  • BoonieBoutique

    Patty Sparger from BoonieBoutique says:

    THANK YOU for helping these needy animals. This is a great idea!

    3 years ago

  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess says:

    Cute dogs, and gorgeous rug!

    3 years ago

  • sarahreategui

    Sarah Reategui from HaughtyDog says:

    WONDERFUL! I am trying to start my own rescue and reallly love this, thank you for sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • timelapse

    timelapse from timelapse says:

    Always looking to help our shelters! We have adopted a dog from Maxfund in Denver and a kitty from Denver Dumb Friends League, so you know we love adoption! So many wonderful animals needing homes.Thank you for sharing the how-to and for everything you are doing to help these pets!

    3 years ago

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering says:

    Aww! Those doggy vests are so cute! Great idea!

    3 years ago

  • RitaVanTassel

    Rita Van Tassel from RitaVanTassel says:


    3 years ago

  • pressgangsupplies

    Leanne from PressGangSupplies says:

    That is one of the best ideas I have seen in a long time! Love it!

    3 years ago

  • Lehns

    Valerie from Lehns says:

    What a wonderful story and craft idea - I just love this. Thank you so much for caring about those little creatures who can not speak out for themselves. It is people like you who make a difference! God bless.

    3 years ago

  • BirdiesCozyNest

    Becky from BirdiesCozyNest says:

    Love this! Forgotten Felines is a great place to find loving kitties too! They spay or neuter feral cats, and place kittens into new homes after they've been raised by foster families and/or animal shelters.

    3 years ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    What a great idea. I've never seen foster dogs out and about wearing a vest like that, and it seems like a wonderful way to get people's attention and interest. There are so many dogs and cats needing homes, anything we can do to help is so worth it.

    3 years ago

  • my2handsstudio

    Donna from my2handsstudio says:

    What a great thing to do!

    3 years ago

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark says:

    Thank-you for helping those beautiful animals find a home.

    3 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects says:

    BIG thumbs up, Daniellexo!! Pet overpopulation is a big problem everywhere and needs a lot more awareness brought to it. What a cute and simple way to help find homes for deserving dogs! Keep up the good work!!

    3 years ago

  • fieldtrip

    Amy from fieldtrip says:

    so cool you are involved with this danielle and i love these vests!!

    3 years ago

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees from Xenotees says:


    3 years ago

  • Julieslittlebits

    Julieslittlebits from TryACraft says:

    Love this idea!

    3 years ago

  • Aboli

    Aboli from FolkStroke says:

    "Thank you Danielle for helping find a home for my brothers and sisters. "-" Cookie. God bless!

    3 years ago

  • divinalocura

    Maril from DivinaLocura says:

    thanks you for helping our little friends!! so sweet and cool! and always need it!

    3 years ago

  • BootyHeartJewelry

    David G. from BootyHeartJewelry says:

    Thanks for sharing this touching story, Danielle...great project idea for an excellent cause!

    3 years ago

  • mudpuppy

    Michael McDowell from mudpuppy says:

    Thanks Danielle! I really hope other shelters see this and check out badass brooklyn's website, these are the kinds of images that connect people with animals! I was immediately starting to think of ways to get a multitude of them from BKLYN to Denver. I swear if all shelters used images like these we could find homes for each and every one. xoxo

    3 years ago

  • lutijohn

    Amanda from lutijohn says:

    Such a great idea x

    3 years ago

  • michcoy

    Michelle Desch from CorkandShell says:

    Great post, I have already passed it around! Hopefully more and more will be adopted!

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    Wonderful idea!

    3 years ago

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose says:

    My dogs, Yoda and Avery, both of them rescues wanted me to thank you for helping out their doggie brethren. There are not enough folks out there helping. Thank you for not sitting idly by.

    3 years ago

  • ChocolateBayouShop

    Evelyn Bonner from ChocolateBayouShop says:

    This is a fantastic and creative idea! My rescues can't thank you enough for helping to find forever homes for their friends. It breaks all of our hearts to see sad little and big creatures wandering around hungry, hurt, abused, wet, you name it. EVERYONE on the planet needs to help!

    3 years ago

  • silverbranchhome

    Shannon O'Shaughnessy from silverbranchhome says:

    What a wonderful idea! You guys rock!!

    3 years ago

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery says:

    Such a cute idea for a great cause! Thank you so much for sharing! I adopted my little Ezio this past January, and would love to give some of these to the great organization that took care of my puppy before I could :)

    3 years ago

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy from SillyBuddy says:

    "Saving badass dogs from idiot humans." Love.

    3 years ago

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin says:

    Way to go.

    3 years ago

  • anee Admin

    anee from Anee says:

    *heart melting*

    3 years ago

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush says:

    Awe. Great idea!

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    So sweet, how can someone say no to that face!

    3 years ago

  • dollmeat

    dollmeat from ALABcraft says:

    This is simply wonderful! Fantastic idea for even more fantastic cause. I 'm so happy there are still good humans left on this planet

    3 years ago

  • acageybee

    acageybee from acageybee says:

    So cute! Rescue dogs make the best pets. My little love bug is such a cuddler! I can't imagine why someone abandoned her in the first place. :(

    3 years ago

  • Ozywolf

    Ozywolf says:

    awwwwwww. I want them, the dogs that is :3 sweet puppies

    3 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez says:

    omg.........adorable & great idea. And 50 dogs a day, that is a lot of dogs in need of a lovin home!

    3 years ago

  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff says: Featured

    My new ranch pup, Lefty, came from Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. We thank you guys every night in our bedtime prayers. How he got from the south to the city to New mexico is a magical story. But all dogs are full of magic and love. Thank you, all of you at BBAR for doing this! And Lefty says ARF!!!!

    3 years ago

  • priscilapeters

    Priscila Peters from HeartsandDecor says:

    Oh man, just looking at those cute faces is touching. The vests are a fantastic idea!

    3 years ago

  • 1Dartagnon1

    Dartagnon Puissant says:

    I live near Palm Springs California and got my "Lord Xanth" from the county shelter and really lucked out. They said he was a German Shepherd mix but it turns out that he's Ridgeback, Greyhound, and Chow ... super fast ... super smart (he closes the door behind himself when he comes in from the yard). He still sleeps on my bed most of the time except now that it is super hot here in the desert he sleeps on the tile floor for the coolness ... even though the AC keeps everything around 80 instead of the 115 it is outside. I need to make a Service Dog vest for him ... the ones online are just TOO expensive and I don't like them so the best thing for me to do is make it myself using your helpful suggestions. Will let you know how it turns out. :-)

    3 years ago

  • atreasure

    Haylee from aTreasure says:

    These look so cute! I admire your work!

    3 years ago

  • bszoldak

    bszoldak says:

    Danielle, i volunteer at the Florence Shelter and wanted to let you know how much what you all do is appreciated. Ive dedicated myself to this shelter and all its furry residents and with your help, have seen some of the most terriic animals being saved by your efforts. I am forever greatful to you all. In appreciation, and sincerely, Bruce S Zoldak

    3 years ago

  • Handamade

    Geraldine from HandaMade says:

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • knitsbycaitlin

    Caitlin Edge from knitsbycaitlin says:

    This is amazing! I love anything to do with animals, especially when it comes to giving homes to those in need. Keep up the good work!

    3 years ago

  • daniellexo

    Danielle Maveal from daniellexo says:

    Hi Bruce! It is true - the dogs we rescue from Florence are so amazing. Such great personalities, there really is something special about them all! Thank you and all the volunteers, and know your hard work doesn't go unnoticed up here in NY. We think you are all superstars! xo Danielle

    3 years ago

  • daniellexo

    Danielle Maveal from daniellexo says:

    Deb - And Lefty happens to be my chihuahua, Myrtle's long lost love. Did you know they spent a week together and she wouldn't leave his side? She doesn't like any other dogs! Too funny :)

    3 years ago

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns says:

    Cute, but I'm confused... I thought big cities were terrible places for pets - especially dogs. Where do they go to run around? Where do they go to the bathroom? Don't the neighbors (packed into close quarters) get annoyed with barking etc...? I thought dogs were better in open countryside, or suburbs. Obviously I've never owned a dog. :) Cute idea anyway.

    3 years ago

  • MyEverAfter

    Liz B. from GossamerandQuill says:

    A wonderful article! I absolutely love the idea! My husband and I are firm supporters of pet adoption, our family so far consists of two cats (one was a stray kitten we rescued, the other kitten's last owner's home was being foreclosed on and she couldn't keep her, so we took her in), and a 10 yr. old Lab mix who's been our baby since the day we adopted her at a rescue the year we were married (3 yrs ago now). She'd spent most of her life first on the streets as a puppy after being abandoned, and then the rest in the shelter. She really is the sweetest thing, and it's a wonder she was never adopted before we came along.

    3 years ago

  • daniellexo

    Danielle Maveal from daniellexo says:

    Lola, you can see photos of BBAR's happily adopted pups here: I think they look like they are having a great time in their new loving forever homes!

    3 years ago

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy from SillyBuddy says:

    Lola, I live in Chicago and there are a lot of humans with dogs. We have amazing parks and trails. There are also plenty of dog parks that allow for off leash playtime and a dog beach as well. To top it all we have an amazing dog food truck; "Fido to Go" that cruises different areas of the city everyday. Dogs can enjoy the city as much as humans do :)

    3 years ago


    SaxonLynn Arts from SAXONLYNN says:

    That pic is so sweet! Love the vest idea!

    3 years ago

  • thriftscore

    thriftscore from ThriftScore says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who volunteer to help animals in need. They are simply irresistible in those vests!

    3 years ago

  • teamriggi

    Gina Riggins from allforLOVEbyGina says:

    Ohmygoodness the cute puppies! I wish I could help them all. Thank you Danielle for sharing such a sweet story...but most of all thank you for helping our fourlegged babies/friends :)

    3 years ago

  • goatandkettle

    Justin and Lauren Marsh from GoatandKettle says:

    My wife and I adopted a former racing greyhound - best. dogs. ever.

    3 years ago

  • Rinnovato

    M. Basile from Rinnovato says:

    <<<------ Awesome, adopted shelter dog ,Daniel, thinks this is awesome....and so do I. Bless all your hearts for doing what you do!! "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened". ~ Anatole France

    3 years ago

  • mariyahbran

    mariyahbran from GypsyBohemian says:

    this is awesome!

    3 years ago

  • wwcsilverjewelry

    Lynda from Pintody says:

    Every time I read post like this it makes me tear up. I feel so bad that so many animals are left homeless and abused. I wish I was in a situation that I could at least foster a few furry friends. Unfortunately I have a very dog aggressive German Shepherd that would never allow it. I love that you have shared this with us, It would be wonderful to get together with shelters in our area but because none of them are no kill I will not be spending my time and energy on them. (long story) I really wish time and energy would be spent on educating people the importance of neutering or spaying their animals. I think what you are doing is so wonderful and what a great idea.

    3 years ago

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella says:

    What a marvelous idea!

    3 years ago

  • midnightcoiler

    midnightcoiler from midnightcoiler says:

    Cute project and adorable dogs! We have a little rescue black lab mix that looks very much like the one at the top of the page. This cause makes my heart melt. Kudos for making a difference and sharing the story.

    3 years ago

  • CharlieHeartsDiesel

    Ashleigh from CharlieHeartsDiesel says:

    We adopted Diesel (one of our shop's namesakes and the cheeky fellow in my avatar here) from one of our local animal shelters. He's AWESOME. Even when he's doing something he's not supposed to, he's so funny it never really matters. :-) People completely overlook the virtues of a rescued dog, and it's terrible, because they're just as amazing as any dog you'll find at a breeder. And there are SO MANY out there who desperately need a home. Thank you guys for what you do, and how you give, and thank you to everyone who has ever rescued or fostered a dog (or cat) in need. The world needs more people like you. ♥

    3 years ago

  • february13creative

    february13creative from february13creative says:

    Yay, rescue dogs and rescue orgs! If you're in the SF area and thinking of adopting, consider Muttville... a great organization specializing in senior dogs. We just adopted our first dog, Daphne, a senior Dachshund from Muttville. Senior dogs rock! Thanks, Danielle, for ALL the great work you do!

    3 years ago

  • ThePeachTree

    Amy Barta from ThePeachTree says:

    Best How-Tuesday ever!!

    3 years ago

  • PottyMouthGems

    Janet from PottyMouthGems says:

    Danielle, you are AWESOME! I love these vests and I'm so happy to hear that you are doing this for all those pups.

    3 years ago

  • KnitKnit

    Nguyen Le from KnitKnit says:

    Danielle, you are SO badass - love the how-tuesday!

    3 years ago

  • gildedingypsy

    gilded in gypsy from gildedingypsy says:

    Awh, how adorable! I hope all of those doggies find great new homes!

    3 years ago

  • Picalinogardens

    Kimberly Trainor from Picalinogardens says:

    OMG, this is heart braking. I wish I had room to help you take in so many more. The little brown one is so cute. I'm even going to try to give back more now. Thank you, Kimberly

    3 years ago

  • Flipcovers

    Patty from Flipcovers says:

    I was born in Brooklyn (now live in Denver) and am a fierce advocate for rescue ... so I loved this story from every aspect! I work with a local rescue, and we also get a lot of dogs from the south/southwest. It's so heartwarming to hear stories of so many dogs being moved from areas where they have NO chance to where they can hopefully find a "forever home." It's hard work, but it sure feeds your soul. :-)

    3 years ago

  • VitalTemptation

    Svitlana from VitalTemptation says:

    OMG! He's so cute! I have so many pets, I can't afford another one, but if could I would! They are the best friends!

    3 years ago

  • daniellevmt

    Danielle from RiverValleyJewelry says:

    As a dedicated animal rescue volunteer, THANK YOU for sharing this! Now, where can I find a "Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue" t-shirt??

    3 years ago

  • Bouchelle

    Juice Jenson says:

    Our little rescue dog, Tobi has several of coats similar to yours, (we call her AMX cuz I never leave home without her). Tobi's jackets say, "she got me at the DOG POUND" and, " I am adopted from the human society , there are more like me waiting for you" Her favorite says "I got my Mom at the rescue center for dogs " For us, there is no other way to pick a pet. Thank you for the work you do!

    3 years ago

  • ecokaren

    Karen Lee from ecokaren says:

    In lieu of fostering BBAR's dogs, I've donated to their cause in the past. I also donate supplies to my local no kill shelter and it pains me to walk away without adopting a dog. Thanks for the idea - I'll add this to my next donation. You do such great work Danielle for the dogs! Let me know if they need anything else!

    3 years ago

  • brownpigeon

    Meagan Lewis from brownpigeon says:

    Super cute idea Danielle! I love it! Those vests make the pups look like the little stars that they are!

    3 years ago

  • HeartAndSolDesigns

    Lisa Gaffney from HeartAndSolDesigns says:

    What a wonderful story! Thank you!! Rescue dogs are the best.

    3 years ago

  • eschreur

    emily from eschreur says:

    Aww, what a great idea! We adopted our dog from the local animal shelter and I always try to think of ways that we can give back to them.

    3 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts says:


    3 years ago

  • Catchee

    Debbie Picardi from Catchee says:

    What a wonderful thing to do for these animals. The world needs more people like you! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • prettyshewrote

    prettyshewrote says:

    What about something more catchy like, "Take me home tonight!" ?

    3 years ago

  • MsFoodie

    MsFoodie from MsFoodie says:

    Oh Danielle I LOVE IT!!!!! I could do something from Bend Oregon and we could meet in the middle :) I hope everyone understands that adopting is far better then breeding and pet stores. If you love to buy your breed please watch Earthlings the movie free on You Tube ....make the connection! Love "take me home tonight"! great ideas :)

    3 years ago

  • moonlightjourney

    Lynne from moonlightjourney says: Featured

    This is an absolutely fabulous project! Thank you so much! I work for the Humane Society of Port Jervis in the Lower Hudson Valley of NY and we'll put out the word to all the sewers in our area. We'd love to have donations in case there's no shelter near you. Just convo me for info!

    3 years ago

  • evertonterrace

    Jeanette from evertonterrace says:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you for doing this. We are in love with our 8 month old rescue pup - Tinley. She is our 3rd rescue dog and my mother is on her 3rd as well. They have all been the most blessed additions to our family. It's hot here in Phoenix and I know our shelters our full as well. Keep up the good work!

    3 years ago

  • dianesk9creations

    dianesk9creations from dianesk9creations says:

    What a great idea. My 2 dogs and 2 cats are rescue. Thank you for caring!!

    3 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights says:

    Awesome idea! My kitty is a rescue, we love her :)

    3 years ago

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery says:

    Great article! Speaking of adoption... Our great captain in European Street Team, Estella rescued a dog in Turkey last week, found hit and injured by a car on the road. She had the heart and courage to take him to the vet, and after four hours of operation, he will be able to LIVE and walk again. The members of the team also contributed to clear the bill for the vet. Estella looks after 12 other dogs with her mum, she is desperate to find a home for him in Turkey or in Europe:) Hope, its ok to put here her blog where you can read more about the story of Urchin, as Estella made a lot of efforts to keep the team informed. And he is our team dog, too. :)

    3 years ago

  • roaritsally

    roaritsally from Caviesincozies says:

    I love this! All the dogs i have ever owned have been rescued. and they have been the best!

    3 years ago

  • alexandralacki

    Alexandra Lacki says:

    Really sweet + creative!!!

    3 years ago

  • RecycledDog

    Julie Servantez from RecycledDog says:

    This is a beautiful way to get noticed in a sea of dogs who need to be rescued! I plan on getting my machine out and start sewing, making our adoptables stand out in a crowd.

    3 years ago

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry says:

    Fantastic and Wonderful!!!

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    So cute! I love dogs!

    3 years ago

  • RockArtiste

    Rock Artiste from RockArtiste says:

    The more I know about people, the more I love dogs! Love the vests - will make some from that pattern for our local rescue organizations. I work and train mobility assistive dogs. There is not better friend than your dog ♥

    3 years ago

  • baltica

    ania b. alyson from baltica says:

    How great that you get to volunteer for this shelter! & what an adorable project this is. Two of our pups are rescued, one from Florida, one from Puerto Rico, and they are dearer than anyone to us (and love each other lots). My idea job would be to take care of pups needing a home FT... One day!

    3 years ago

  • TopazTurtle

    TopazTurtle from TopazTurtle says:

    This is a fabulous idea. It's great to see how other etsy sellers are helping out in the community and our furry friends get to benefit on this one. Well done on a great idea and thank you for sharing this with us Danielle. It's an inspiring story.

    3 years ago

  • elenamc

    elenamc from MaBeautique says: Featured

    Awesome! If anyone would like to have a sewing circle for , we are in dire need of vests for all sizes of dogs. We are nonprofit with no brick and mortar building so all dogs are fostered in our volunteers own homes. When our rescues wear these vests, we see adoptions go much quicker enabling us to save more lives. Please contact me if you'd like to create and donate vests for LCAR? Thanks for this!

    3 years ago

  • NakedRatDestash

    Julie from NakedRatDestash says:

    cool project!

    3 years ago

  • vegasblingrocks

    Judy Murphy from vegasblingrocks says:

    This is a super tutorial because I dont know how to sew and want to make these vests. I'm going to put the words on them "Don't forget to get me spayed (or neutered)". (that is a requirement of the shelters before adoption anyway but maybe would make others think about it) . Thank goodness nobody on this comment board needs to be reminded of that! Just today I was discussing with my granddaughter having a pet can require about a 15 YEAR committment FULLTIME, litter box, pooper scooper, etc. She changed her mind ..... :)

    3 years ago

  • AllThingsShiny

    AllThingsShiny from AllThingsShiny says:

    Danielle, you are a wonderful person! Thanks for sharing this idea!

    3 years ago

  • candyalicedesigns

    candyalicedesigns from candyalicedesigns says:

    thank you for being a wonderful person.

    3 years ago

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal from crochetgal says:

    Fabulous idea! I've only ever had rescue dogs so I know first hand what a good home means to them. My current two, Sacha and Tara are both rescues. They were each a year old when they found us. I say 'found us' because when we went to the shelter to get Sacha, she was huddled in the back of the kennel looking so forlorn. She's a short haired collie and had the saddest expression. We asked that she be brought out to us and she obeyed immediately. After looking at a few others we finally came back to Sacha. When they opened the door the second time, she slipped the collar and took off. I called to her 'dog lets go home' and she came right to my side and has been there for the past 13 years. She's trained as a Therapy dog to work in the hospitals but her hips have started to give her trouble so she's retired. Tara (english Staffordshire) came to us a year later when we went to find a playmate for Tara. Although we were 'just looking' that day, she jumped up into my lap, gave me a big kiss and who can resist that?

    3 years ago

  • ClaireCaudwell

    Claire Caudwell from ClaireCaudwellArt says:

    I really love this idea. What a great way to help promote the shelter and the cause! You ladies are doing a great job and if I lived there I would adopt lots of dogs :)

    3 years ago

  • Mindtheowl

    T. Rebel from RebelHooksV says:

    Incredibly cute idea :) every dog should have a caring family!!!

    3 years ago

  • ExpressoItaliano

    Antonella Monte from ExpressoItaliano says:

    I will do it for sure!! Here, in the South of Italy, it is a real serious problem and once a week, we bring some dogs from animal shelter to a square where lot of people have shopping. This idea will capture attention, even when lovely dogs don't!

    3 years ago

  • pasitorkkeli

    Pasi Torkkeli from TorkkeliJewellery says:

    Great post! I hope that this really helps making difference even in one dogs life:) We now are considering of taking a friend for our Coco, and we have been looking into adopting a rescue dog, because Coco is also adopted from very bad conditions and when my fiancé adopted her, she has made sure after that, that Coco will have the best life a dog can get. I would love to make a donation for the organization and I think there would be others like me who want to do it as well. Can you post a link to the donation page?

    3 years ago

  • BaxCatandCo

    Kelly from BaxCatandCo says:

    Fantastic idea! Every dog deserves a loving home, and these vests will bring them great attention!

    3 years ago

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame says:

    My dogs, all six of them thank you for remembering the shelter dogs and just any dog that needs a forever home. All six of my pack came from the street in one-way or another. Not only have I made their lives better but they have truly made mine better.

    3 years ago

  • eclectivist

    Kasia from Eclectivist says:

    I can't wait to leave my day job so we can take ...few dogs in need—my partner and I are really longing for their company too! In my parent's house back in Poland there was always a pack of four-legged friends, some born in the house, others from the street - people often drop unwanted dogs to the countryside, not the shelter hoping for the villagers to adopt them. Two current ones came from the dog rescue and you couldn't dream of most loving friends! Here in Ireland shelters are forced to put down horrid number of healthy dogs a year... I remember heartbreaking figures as high as 10K, massive number for such small population country. People of Ireland, help shelters re-homing these lovely creatures and learn to love them, there is more to dogs then their farm and hunting duties!

    3 years ago

  • bramblepie

    torey from bramblepie says:

    What an amazing rescue and adorable vest idea! Makes me so happy to see these sweet little pups getting an extra chance

    3 years ago

  • jcisco112

    Jennifer Cisco from DoogieCouture says:

    Such a great ideal. I love this article and it inspires me to do more.

    3 years ago

  • gusgusgems

    Sue Mayer from Gusgusgems says:

    This is the best Etsy blog ever! Thank you Danielle for posting this and for doing the work that you are doing! I was so pleased to see this here on Etsy...this is an issue that should be broadcast everywhere.

    3 years ago

  • laurellugo

    Laurel Lugo from NautidogDesigns says:

    I loved your story! I have a rescue and it breaks my heart when I think of all those poor dogs and how scared they must be. I wish I could adopt more,my heart is big enough, my home is not! I too am an etsy person. I make doggie bandanas. I will make ones that say ADOPT ME and donate them to BADASS, as I did for The Jersey Shore Animal Center. Thanks for a great stroy and KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

    3 years ago

  • msstephonics

    msstephonics says:

    Love! God Bless you for doing what you do..

    3 years ago

  • cammoo

    cammoo from cammoo says:

    Love, Love, Love this story!!!! Keep up the AMAZING work!

    3 years ago

  • xandaroe

    Lolita from XandaRoe says:

    Wonderful ,wonderful, I shared this on FB in hopes of spreading the love. Thanks etsy...XO

    3 years ago

  • gypsyglow82

    Lindsay B. from GypsyGlow82 says:

    Great idea. Keep up the good work! :-)

    3 years ago

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations says:

    This is such a cute spin-off of the neon orange reflective vests I'm used to using, and a great charitable idea! :)

    3 years ago

  • leslieimc

    Leslie from OLACULTURE says:

    Love this story! great work!

    3 years ago

  • kathleendove

    Kathleen from DeepSouthMemories says:

    What you are doing is fabulous. Both of my amazing dogs were rescues. One was physically abused and one was abandoned to fend for herself in the foothills of N.Ga......They are my heart! We should just be able to shoot people who do that stuff!

    3 years ago

  • maycily

    Maykers Leather from Maykers says:

    This is soo soo cute! Keep up the great work!

    3 years ago

  • TwilightTime

    TwilightTime from TwilightTime says:

    Great work, Danielle. My daughter just adopted a puppy from a dog rescue here in CT. She got the dogs from TN. So many dogs need help from the south. A free or low cost spay/neuter clinic needs to be started in those areas. Prevention of unwanted litters is the answer!

    3 years ago

  • emmalindaoriginals

    emma linda from emmalindaoriginals says:

    My granddog "Emma" was rescued from Rocky Mountain NC and brought to Virginia. Thank you for helping our 4 legged Angels. I am passing this on to our "no kill" Humane Society and posting on my fb page. God blesses those who "care & share."

    3 years ago

  • jewelryrage

    Aaron Kish from JewelryRage says:

    Really great project

    3 years ago

  • localevintage

    localevintage from localevintage says:

    Thank you for posting this! I am going to make some for the French Bulldog Rescue Network. I volunteer for them. Both of my dogs are rescue dogs: Loofa the Boston Terrorist and Hubba Bubba the Frenchie. I can't imagine my life without them! I actually grew up in Alabama, so I know first hand the problems they have there with so many homeless dogs. Its very sad to see dogs wandering the streets and begging for food. My mom used to volunteer for the Human Society there when I was a kid so we always had many rescued cats and dogs at our house. I am so grateful for organizations like yours in Brooklyn that can make the lives of these dogs better! You guys are angels on earth for these pups!

    3 years ago

  • amigurumibunny

    Rini Papp from amigurumibunny says:

    soooooo adorable!!! I am about to start volunteering at my local shelter and you just gave me a great project idea!!!! Thanks!!!

    3 years ago

  • JanJat

    Catherine from JanJat says:

    This is fabulous!! Thank you so much for taking the time to honor our furry friends. I have three cats - all rescues and I can't imagine my life without them. Animals are amazingly resiliant and brave if we only take the time to give them a chance - they will be your best friend forever. Thank you :)

    3 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    Rachel from 2TrickPony says:

    pure awesomeness and inspiration. thanks so much for the idea!

    3 years ago

  • blueridgemercantile

    blueridgemercantile from BlueRidgeMercantile says:

    Love this idea! Thanks for helping those pups!

    3 years ago

  • CougarTShirtCompany

    Cougar T-Shirt Company from CougarTShirtCompany says:

    Thank you for what you do! I have worked for the Humane Society and know how important /hard /rewarding your work is. Great idea. Take care, Jan

    3 years ago

  • EnchantingByDesign

    Katie Heitland from EnchantingByDesign says:

    What a sweet idea! Every animal deserves a good home. Thank you for what you do!

    3 years ago

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique says:

    This puts the "awe" in awesome! :D

    3 years ago

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties says:

    You are doing such a great thing by helping these poor dogs who just want a home! This is a great post!

    3 years ago

  • fancifuldevices

    fancifuldevices from fancifuldevices says:

    another rescue mom here. our dog rules the house, covers it with hair and is the center of our world. there are no words to express my gratitude for people like you.

    3 years ago

  • Zetro

    Zetro from Zetro says:

    Love what you are doing! We have a couple of rescue dogs also. Hopefully a day will come when animal lovers will rule the world!

    3 years ago

  • kenco45

    Sir Hamish McTavish from SirHamishMcTavish says:

    love these and very useful as a suggestion to those who volutneer to help. <3 <3

    3 years ago

  • kenco45

    Sir Hamish McTavish from SirHamishMcTavish says:

    love these and very useful as a suggestion to those who volunteer to help. <3 <3

    3 years ago

  • campjennifernicole

    Jennifer Nicole Camp says:

    This is fantastic!!

    3 years ago

  • brainfart

    brainfart says:

    Sweet !!! our new family member Emmitt since this Sunday from the SPCA here in Sacramento Ca. Love him ! Thank you for this blog , so many animals need homes I promise you can find that special some one just for you ! Please help the shelters !

    3 years ago

  • daniellexo

    Danielle Maveal from daniellexo says: Featured

    Hi everyone! For those who are asking about more info about Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, check out our website: Or email! Love hearing all these rescue stories, too :)

    3 years ago

  • deepmidnightbathery

    Catrianna from DeepMidnightPerfumes says:

    I love this idea! These are definitely going to local shelters! I have several vet tech friends and we all do some charity work at local shelters. Passing this on to them as well!

    3 years ago

  • BotanicalBead

    Laura ✿ from BotanicalBead says:

    LOVE, lO vE, love! Will try it with our rescue dogs - thanks for the great idea!

    3 years ago

  • zbeadsjewelry

    Zari Jafri from ExpressedDesigns says:

    I love them they're sooo cute

    3 years ago

  • designlab443

    Tracy from designlab443 says:

    Super cute!!! I might have my girl scout troop make some for our local shelter, thanks for the idea!

    3 years ago

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    Carolyn S. Miller from AutumnLeavesJewelry says:

    Really touching, and easy piece to make, thanks for this. I adopted a rescue pup last Thanksgiving, and can't understand why I waited so long

    3 years ago

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy says:

    What a thoughtful and great idea!

    3 years ago

  • riverstonealpaca

    Joy Smith from riverstonealpaca says:

    Thank You, I work with a adoption agency in nw ohio se michigan. we use bandanas or scarves, we put things like "Pick me Pick me!" "I'm the cutest," "I promise to love and obey!" on the scarfs for our adoption events I think sometimes the sayings attract the people as much as the dog. some how this conects with people.! you could use this on the vest too! we also get dogs from the south. just placed my last foster, a beautiful Black lab chow mix. mwaa Blackie, have a great life!

    3 years ago

  • AcrylicPixie

    AcrylicPixie from StitchingPixie says:

    I just printed out your blog, mainly because I know people who work with homeless animals, and I thought that they could use a no-sew pattern for vests on rescue dogs. I might even get these made with the help of others in the local program for adults with mental illness. One of the therapy dogs who visit the local hospital is a rescued shih tzu; his mom dresses him up and takes him to see patients.

    3 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    Annette from TheLeveretsNest says:

    thanks Danielle and Lo for this article. So good to see vests for the dogs and know that it makes a difference in adoptions. Next time I am stitching I will keep this in mind (I'm not a glue and bond girl, I jsut do threads :)

    3 years ago

  • stinnovation

    ST Innovation from stinnovation says:

    Yea Yea Yea ! amazing people, you are a kind-hearted man, I am very like your products and dogs, I am really really love dogs, and I have a golden retriever, it is my best friend and partner.

    3 years ago

  • MagwireJewelry

    Sandra RB from MagwireJewelry says:

    What a great idea and terrific blog. Thank you for what you do for unwanted dogs looking for a forever home.

    3 years ago

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving from BeachHouseLiving says:

    Wonderful work helping the dogs get adopted. The vests are great mini walking billboards. Three rescues make their home with us.

    3 years ago

  • charlenesbags

    Charlene Owens from charlenesembroidery says:

    My last two dogs came from the humane society, which is now Heart of the Valley in Bozeman, Montana. I don't know if they have something like this already. I will find out. Thank you for such a wonderful idea.

    3 years ago

  • OhFaro

    Faro from OhFaro says:

    Too Cute. We went to the 19th Annual DAWG Walk here in Mission Viejo a few weeks ago, to find a rescue dog for our family. Charlie (new member of our family and companion to Ella, both are on my about page) was wearing an adopt me vest that day. He is very happy in his new home. We plan to go the the DAWG Walk next year to show him off and maybe he will wear a vest that says - I WAS Adopted - - :)

    3 years ago

  • Cinnamons

    Maria Fiorille from Cinnamons says:

    Oh. My. God. That lead photo! It's a great idea but that photo just really got me hook, line, and sinker!

    3 years ago

  • arepaki

    arepaki from arepaki says:

    Thank you for your idea! We adopted our dog (arepaki) in 2007. She goes with us to many events. I am going to make a vest that says something like: "Adopted Friend For Life" or "Found My Forever Family, Adopted 2007". Getting the word out about adopting from rescue groups and shelters is what it is all about. So many beautiful lives just waiting for their forever families. Thank you again for the awesome idea!!!

    3 years ago


    Andrea Ryan says:

    I love this idea! I adopted my dog, Jazzy at a local shelter in Hamilton, ON. She was originally from Louisiana. The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA will take a van to overflowing shelters to collect as many dogs as they can so that they don't get put down. Luckily for us, Jazzy was one of them!! She was wearing an adopt me T-shirt when we first found her at the shelter. These are probably a lot easier to get on. :)

    3 years ago

  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty says:

    So cute!!!!

    3 years ago

  • lorisholzberg

    lorisholzberg says:

    Fabulous idea! I'd like to discuss this with you further, I work for SPCA International in the Shelter and Emergency Grants Program. Please feel free to send me an email at Thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • FancyFeetBoutique

    Bee Boutique from FancyFeetBoutique says:

    This is so heartwarming...I love it!! What an inspiration you are! bee :)

    3 years ago

  • kikiparis

    Dominique Adeli from KidzCreationz says:

    this is soooooo nice! i love animals their my passion so what you're doing is a good thing. HELP ANIMLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • bellenessa

    Vanessa from bellenessa says:

    Thank you for promoting animal rescue! Shelters are always full of great pets waiting to be adopted, waiting to be loved and to love back. It is heartbreaking to see all the puppies and pregnant dogs at shelters. The fact that every year thousands of animal are put to sleep just because they weren't adopted is even more heartbreaking. Spaying and neutering all of our pets would greatly help eriadicating this problem. They say that money doesn't buy love. The truth is that it can. By paying the small adoption fee to adopt a dog, you can get a bundle of unconditional love. Animals are Angels sent from above.

    3 years ago

  • mwest0425

    Michael West from WestVintageTradingCo says:

    Looks like my rescue Jolene exactly like her. We are from Nashville is that where you got her? If you need any signage for your rescue let me know I'll sell it to you for cost.

    3 years ago

  • carlitajunker

    carlitajunker says:

    There's a caravan that goes up and down the West coast from LA, where so many dogs are in dire straits and are overflowing shelters, to Portland, OR, Seattle,WA and up to Vancouver, BC. These cities are known for their dog friendly, compassionate populations. Thank you for doing so much for these little guys who all deserve amazing homes!

    3 years ago

  • WeeWoollyBurros

    Wee and Woolly from WeeWoollyBurros says:

    ♥ Adopt + Donate + Volunteer + Advocate ♥ ~ a proud owner of four rescues

    3 years ago

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry says:

    This is a great idea! I wonder if cats would wear them too?

    3 years ago

  • eshannon12

    Eric Shannon from BigBarkerDogBeds says:

    What a great idea! This might work well as a "Tom's Shoes" type of idea. Buy one, donate one.

    3 years ago

  • pawsstyle

    paws style from Pawsstyle says:

    thanks for sharing! awesome stuff

    2 years ago

  • blueangel0320

    Jasmine Daniel says:

    This is great! I foster for a local rescue and have had in the back of my mind that I need to get an "adopt me" vest for when I take my foster out in public (which is quite often!). I asked the lady who runs the rescue if she had any of the vests and she said no, but she wished that she did. I started googling the vests and the cheapest one I could find was $20. That's a lot of money, especially for a non-profit! I found this post and immediately got SUPER excited! I'm hoping we can crank out a few of these before Saturday's adoption event. Thank you SOOOOOOO much for this idea!!!

    2 years ago