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CrowdFunding promotion Huge Paws - Foster homes for large dog breeds

posted Apr 16, 2015, 11:22 PM by J Shaw   [ updated Apr 16, 2015, 11:33 PM ]

Huge Paws need help. A "pup in a cup" easily finds a place... for a large dog it's a challenge.

Short Summary

Huge Paws - Foster homes for large dog breeds  is an association of family members, friends and volunteers in the US, the UK, Canada and Germany, who work for free to ensure that primarily very big dogs find an optimal foster home. 

Changes in life sometimes make it impossible for owners to keep their dogs. When things go wrong, large dogs can become a giant problem. Mostly these big buddies find themselves behind bars in a shelter, not knowing why they are in prison. The chances to be adopted are little. Losing the beloved family and the cozy home is bad enough. We want to give large dogs a place for as long as it takes to find a new home.

We don't want to see this:

We love to see this instead:


    What We Need & What You Get

    Providing a foster home for those gentle giants is a challenge. One of the reasons is the space needed. Another thing is the location. Although people might like animals, it's a totally different story, when bear sized dogs live in a pack in the neighborhood. So we need a spacious converted farm with enough land and a pond in a secluded location.

    With your help, we would like to raise enough money for the following: 

    • Reasonable fences around a very large doggie playground and garden (to keep the big buddies out of trouble).
    • Huts and shady places
    • Separate areas for new arrivals
    • Training - Not every dog is well trained. Some don't know the basics like sit, stay, wait... It is easier to find a good home for an obedient dog 
    • Search for hidden talents - some dogs may qualify for special needs and could be service dogs or water rescue dogs

    • Merchandise on stock. We sell Huge Paws dog accessories, for instance towels and blankets, collars, leashes etc. with name broidery or/and prints to cover the permanent costs, e.g. dog food, diet food, medication, vet bills, dog taxes, equipment etc. To get the best prices for the merchandising articles, it's better to make larger orders. Having enough items on stock will be a benefit. 

    • We believe in networking. Currently, we design  a databased platform, that will make it easier to find help and foster homes escpacially for large dogs worldwide.


    Our Perks for you (and your dog ;-) )

    (free worldwide shipping included)

    $150 - Featured Perk - Huge Paws hoodie set
    You will receive a Huge Paws hoodie for yourself and a hoodie (with name) for your dog. Please send us an email with the name and the size of your dog and don’t forget to tell us your size!

    $1 - Thank You!
    Thank you for taking the time to look at the project and help to reach our goal. 
    Your support is very important for our furry friends. 


    $5 - Huge Thank You!

    Your name will be listed on our supporter page.
    Thank you for taking the time to look at the project and help to reach our goal. 
    Your support is very important for our furry friends. 
    Your name/company will be shown on the list of supporters on our website. 

    $10 - Huge Thank You! E-Certificate

    Your name will be shown on the list of supporters on our website, 
    you will receive a Huge Paws picture (postcard) and the certificate via email.

    $25 - Huge Thank You! Certificate Letter

    Your name will be shown on the list of supporters on our website, 
    you will receive a Huge Paws picture postcard and the certificate via snail mail. 


    $50 - Huge Paws Package 1
    Your name will be listed on our supporter page
    You will receive the certificate, a picture postcard, a signature pen and a cotton bag with "Thank you for your support". 

    $75 - Huge Paws Package 2

    You will receive Huge Paws Package 1 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag) plus a keychain made of felt and a heart-shaped photo mouse-pad.

    $100 - 
    Huge Paws Package 3
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 2 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt, heart-shaped photo mouse-pad) plus car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name. Please send us an email with the name of your dog!

    $150 - 
    Huge Paws Package 4
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 3 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt,  heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name) plus a Huge Paws photo dog tag.Please send us an email with the name of your dog!

    $250 - 
    Huge Paws Package 5
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 4 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt, heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name, Huge Paws photo dog tag) plus a signature safety vest for your dog.Please send us an email with the name and the size of your dog!

    $300 - 
    Huge Paws Package 6
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 5 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt, heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name, Huge Paws photo dog tag, signature safety vest for your dog) plus a signature safety vest for yourself.Please send us an email with the name and the size of your dog!

    $500 - Huge Paws Package 7
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 6 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt, heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name, Huge Paws photo dog tag, signature safety vest for your dog and one for yourself) plus a scarf for your dog and a signature cushion cover.Please send us an email with the name and the size of your dog!

    $750 - 
    Huge Paws Package 8
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 7 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt,  heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name, Huge Paws photo dog tag, signature safety vest for your dog and one for yourself, scarf for your dog, signature cushion cover) plus a signature dog towel.Please send us an email with the name and the size of your dog!

    $1,000 - 
    Huge Paws Package 9
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 8 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt, heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name, Huge Paws photo dog tag, safety vest for your dog and one for yourself, scarf for your dog, cushion cover, dog towel) plus a signature dog blanket.Please send us an email with the name and the size of your dog!

    $1,500
     - Huge Paws Package 10
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 9 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt, heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name, Huge Paws photo dog tag, safety vest for your dog and one for yourself, scarf for your dog, cushion cover, dog towel, dog blanket) plus a signature coat for your dog and a Huge Paws hoodie for yourself.Please send us an email with the name and the size of your dog and don’t forget to tell us your size!

    $2,000
     - Huge Paws Package 11
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 10 (Your name on website, certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt, heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name, Huge Paws photo dog tag, safety vest for your dog and one for yourself, scarf for your dog, cushion cover, dog towel, dog blanket, dog coat, Huge Paws hoodie for yourself) plus a signature dog collar and a signature leather leash.Please send us an email with the name and the size of your dog and don’t forget to tell us your size!

    $7,500 - Huge Paws Package Carnival for ONE
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 11 (certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt,  heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name, Huge Paws photo dog tag, safety vest for your dog and one for yourself, scarf for your dog, cushion cover, dog towel, dog blanket, dog coat, Huge Paws hoodie for yourself, dog collar and leather leash) 
    PLUS you (one person) will be our guest for a whole week of costumed craziness during the carnival in Cologne (Germany). This includes hotel accommodation, typical food, drinks, carnival costume and partying with Cologne natives from February 3rd to February 10th in 2016 (Travel costs to and from Cologne are not included) 
    For more information about the Cologne Carnival please click the links underneath the next package.

    $10,000 - 
    Huge Paws Package Carnival for TWO
    You will receive Huge Paws Package 11 (certificate, picture postcard, pen, cotton bag, keychain made of felt,  heart-shaped photo mouse-pad, car stickers with paw prints and your dog’s name, Huge Paws photo dog tag, safety vest for your dog and one for yourself, scarf for your dog, cushion cover, dog towel, dog blanket, dog coat, Huge Paws hoodie for yourself, dog collar and leather leash) 
    PLUS you and your companion will be our guests for a whole week of costumed craziness during the carnival in Cologne (Germany). This includes hotel accommodation, typical food, drinks, carnival costumes partying with Cologne natives from February 3rd to February 10th in 2016 (Travel costs to and from Cologne are not included) 

    For more information about the Cologne Carnival please click the following links.

    Blog and pictures Cologne Carnival

    Pictures Cologne Carnival


    The Impact

    No one is planning a serious illness. No one is planning a divorce, when the church bells are ringing. No one is planning to be unemployed, when he gets a job. Life is unpredictable. We condemn nobody who has trouble with his dog. We don't want to judge, we want to help. 

    We want to make sure, that large dog breeds, for instance Newfoundland, St. Bernard, Great Dane etc. will not be squeezed in a towel sized shelter cage, where they might have to stay for years.


    Please meet our mascots: Peppy and Oscar. These two are far from having huge paws, but they could tell some horrible stories about thrown away dogs.


    Other Ways You Can Help

    Every kind of support is great help. If you like this project, please share and spread it. You can also use the Indiegogo tool.

    Thank you so much for your time and your interest!

    Huge Paws - Foster homes for large dog breeds