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Picture books and huggable stuffed animals, based on real rescue dogs, to be your friend furever!
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The Furever Home Friends is a series of children's books, stuffed animals, and merchandise all based on the stories of real rescue dogs. Each book features a different social issue and a set of discussion questions to help kids learn about topics like identity, prejudice, body image, hearing impairments, communication, and more. Since our inception, we have always donated 10% of our profits to Chicago animal shelters.

In 2017, the first two Furever Home Friends books were funded on Kickstarter. Since then, this series has grown into a business with four books, as well as T-shirts, merchandise, and more. We've donated hundreds of dollars to local animal shelters and sold hundreds of copies of our books, raising awareness about rescue dogs and helping kids learn about a variety of social issues.

When we began our first campaign, we had 2 handmade stuffed animals available: Allee and Chewie. After fulfilling all our preorders, we found that hand-making all the stuffed animals was not sustainable in the long term, as the demand exceeded our crafting means. 

We took our designs to a manufacturer, but as a new small business, we did not have enough funds to get more than one stuffed animal produced in bulk up front. We got Chewie produced in 2018, and he has been making tons of kids and dog-loving adults happy for months!

The stuffed animals are a key component of our business. Each stuffed animal comes with a personalized adoption certificate because we want our customers to feel like they are adopting that dog and making a new friend furever, especially after reading that dog's story and connecting to that dog's experience. The stuffed animals also help kids develop an empathetic connection with the dog, which can become a tangible part of their family.

In 2018, The Furever Home Friends won two awards. First, we were recognized as the People's Choice Award Winner at the Coleman Center Innovation Expo, and then we were recognized as one of the top four Most Purposeful Startups in Chicago at the Purpose Pitch startup competition.

Now, to expand this business and scale to the next level, we need to get all the rest of our stuffed animals produced as we prepare to release more books in the upcoming year.

We are asking for $3500 to help us get all of the stuffed animals produced, which will move us toward our goal of releasing a new book & stuffed animal every year. 

Here is where that $3500 will go:

$400: Prototype fee

$1800: Up-front deposit to manufacturer ($600 per stuffed animal)

$500: Taxes & Kickstarter fees

Remaining $800: Helps offset the cost of the initial bulk orders of each stuffed animal

If we exceed our goal, we have some stretch goals in mind, so stay tuned! 

Thank you so much for supporting our Kickstarter and helping a small business grow!

Risks and challenges

During our first Kickstarter experience, we learned a lot about what challenges come with a crowdfunding campaign, including getting the word out to enough people so that the project can be funded successfully. That is probably our biggest challenge once again; since we're still a small business trying to scale, we're still in the process of growing our audience size. However, since we have taken many steps beforehand to ensure some press for this campaign, and because we have grown our readership by hundreds since our last campaign, we are confident that we'll be able to get the word out there to everyone! In terms of getting the product produced itself, we are confident in our manufacturer, having worked with them in the past. Because we're getting three new stuffed animals produced, there is always a potential for a production delay, but that is why we've allowed ample time to get the rewards shipped to you. As always, we will keep you updated every step of the way!

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    Any Furever Home Friends Book

    Get one of our 4 existing Furever Home Friends books -- "Princess Allee," "Smile, Chewie!", "Just Me, Wrigley," or "Kringle's Christmas." Books come signed and personalized! All books are based on true stories of real rescue dogs!

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    Allee (Black Lab) Stuffed Animal

    Based on the beloved book character from Princess Allee, Allee is a plush black lab with a sparkly pink collar. She comes with a personalized adoption certificate-- she's your new friend furever!

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    Wrigley (Mixed Breed) Stuffed Animal

    Based on the book "Just Me, Wrigley," meet the huggable plush version of Wrigley, everyone's favorite dancing, DJ-ing dog of mixed-breed origin. Comes with a personalized adoption certificate!

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    Kringle (Pit Bull) Stuffed Animal

    Kringle is the beloved dog who found his home on Christmas! The plush version of Kringle is a white pit bull with a pink nose, and includes his signature Santa hat! Comes with a personalized adoption certificate!

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    Chewie (Pit Bull Mix) Stuffed Animal

    Chewie, the adorable pup from "Smile, Chewie!", is available as a huggable 12-inch plush! The stuffed animal features three stitches to represent the scars on Chewie's face. Chewie also comes with a personalized adoption certificate!

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    Allee Book & Stuffed Animal Set

    A signed, personalized copy of Princess Allee + a stuffed animal of Allee with her pink collar! + Personalized adoption certificate.

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    • Allee (black lab) stuffed animal
    • "Princess Allee" Signed Paperback
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    Wrigley Book & Stuffed Animal Set

    A signed, personalized copy of the book "Just Me, Wrigley" + Wrigley stuffed animal with personalized adoption certificate.

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    • Wrigley (Mixed Breed) Stuffed Animal
    • "Just Me, Wrigley" Signed Paperback
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    Kringle Book & Stuffed Animal Set

    A signed, personalized copy of "Kringle's Christmas" + Kringle's stuffed animal, which includes his Santa hat and a personalized adoption certificate.

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    • "Kringle's Christmas" Signed Paperback
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    Chewie Book & Stuffed Animal Set

    A signed, personalized copy of "Smile, Chewie!" + Chewie's stuffed animal with a personalized adoption certificate.

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    • Chewie (Pit Bull Mix) Stuffed Animal
    • "Smile, Chewie!" Signed Paperback
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    ALL FOUR BOOKS!

    Get a signed, personalized copy of all four books in the Furever Home Friends series!

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    • "Princess Allee" Signed Paperback
    • "Smile, Chewie!" Signed Paperback
    • "Just Me, Wrigley" Signed Paperback
    • "Kringle's Christmas" Signed Paperback
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    Any 2 Stuffed Animals

    Choose any 2 of the 4 stuffed animals! All stuffed animals are 12 inches tall and very huggable. Both will come with a personalized adoption certificate.

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    Any 2 Book & Stuffed Animal Sets

    Choose 2 of our book & stuffed animal sets-- Allee, Wrigley, Kringle, or Chewie-- and receive 2 signed paperbacks + 2 stuffed animals with personalized adoption certificates.

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    All 4 Stuffed Animals

    Get all 4 stuffed animals-- Allee, Wrigley, Kringle, and Chewie-- along with personalized adoption certificates!

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    • Allee (black lab) stuffed animal
    • Wrigley (Mixed Breed) Stuffed Animal
    • Kringle (Pit Bull) Stuffed Animal
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    The WHOLE Doggie Caboodle!

    The ENTIRE Furever Home Friends collection -- all 4 books + all 4 stuffed animals! Allee, Wrigley, Kringle, and Chewie. All stuffed animals come with personalized adoption certificates and all books are signed & personalized. By choosing this option, you save $10 over buying them all individually, which would normally be $140.

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    • Allee (black lab) stuffed animal
    • Wrigley (Mixed Breed) Stuffed Animal
    • Kringle (Pit Bull) Stuffed Animal
    • Chewie (Pit Bull Mix) Stuffed Animal
    • "Princess Allee" Signed Paperback
    • "Just Me, Wrigley" Signed Paperback
    • "Kringle's Christmas" Signed Paperback
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    Double Doggie Caboodle

    2 sets of all 4 books and all 4 stuffed animals = 8 total books & 8 total stuffed animals. Save $30 on buying them individually (all 8 would normally cost $280).

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    • Allee (black lab) stuffed animal
    • Kringle (Pit Bull) Stuffed Animal
    • Wrigley (Mixed Breed) Stuffed Animal
    • Chewie (Pit Bull Mix) Stuffed Animal
    • "Smile, Chewie!" Signed Paperback
    • "Just Me, Wrigley" Signed Paperback
    • "Princess Allee" Signed Paperback
    • "Kringle's Christmas" Signed Paperback
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    Doggie Donor Illustration

    Get the Double Doggie Caboodle, PLUS in our upcoming 5th book (estimated release 2020) we will include your dog in some of the background character illustrations.

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    • Allee (black lab) stuffed animal
    • Wrigley (Mixed Breed) Stuffed Animal
    • Kringle (Pit Bull) Stuffed Animal
    • Chewie (Pit Bull Mix) Stuffed Animal
    • "Princess Allee" Signed Paperback
    • "Just Me, Wrigley" Signed Paperback
    • "Kringle's Christmas" Signed Paperback
    • "Smile, Chewie!" Signed Paperback
    • CUSTOM ILLUSTRATIONS OF YOUR DOG WILL APPEAR IN UPCOMING 5TH BOOK
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    Doggie Donor Special

    You will get the Double Doggie Caboodle, PLUS you will be able to choose a dog to feature in one of our future books. Does your dog have an interesting story? Do you want a Furever Home Friends book and stuffed animal about YOUR dog? If you pledge the Doggie Donor Special, one of our next 4 books will be about a dog of your choosing! (Dog must be a rescue dog-- we will discuss the story and any requirements. Next 4 books will be released periodically between 2020 and 2022. Contact Savy for more details.)

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    • Allee (black lab) stuffed animal
    • Wrigley (Mixed Breed) Stuffed Animal
    • Kringle (Pit Bull) Stuffed Animal
    • Chewie (Pit Bull Mix) Stuffed Animal
    • "Princess Allee" Signed Paperback
    • "Just Me, Wrigley" Signed Paperback
    • "Kringle's Christmas" Signed Paperback
    • "Smile, Chewie!" Signed Paperback
    • CHOOSE A DOG TO FEATURE AS ONE OF OUR NEXT CHARACTERS
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