RescuedBears

Rescued Bears and other friends

Toronto, Ontario On Etsy since 2015

RescuedBears

Rescued Bears and other friends

Toronto, Ontario | 30 Sales

Announcement    PLEASE NOTE FREE SHIPPING IN ONTARIO ONLY.
What is Rescued Bears?
Rescued Bears began with a mission to reuse and recycle outgrown and abandoned plush toys. It has since developed into an adoption agency for stuffed animals that simultaneously acts as a social enterprise. All profits from Rescued Bears go towards the registered charity West Toronto KEYS to INclusion, an active community group that facilitates programming and opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. Each sale we make helps ensure a bear (or other species – we do not discriminate!) finds themselves in a loving new home instead of a landfill, and supports the continued and expanding operation of Keys to INclusion’s successful programs.

What's a rescued bear or friend?
Rescued bears and friends are stuffed animals and beanie babies who have been donated to our social enterprise. Each stuffed friend is then gifted a hand-knit, or hand-sewn, cardigan, vest, scarf, bandana, or bow tie - according to their personal preference, of course. We then set out to get to know each individual through a gentle interview process that allows us to share their stories with you through their unique, hand-written biographies. You will receive a copy of your new friend's biography, as well as a signature Rescued Bear Journey postcard, with your purchase.

Environmental policy:
All wool used to knit our friends' fancy finery has either been donated or is leftover from previous projects. The stuffed animals themselves are also received second-hand.

Hygiene practices:
Each of our stuffed animals undergoes a vigorous sterilization process to ensure they meet our hygiene standards, especially in the time of Covid-19. After a hot soapy spin in the washing machine, each stuffed animal enjoys two separate rounds in a hot dryer. They are treated with an anti-bacterial spray and placed in a sealed bag.

Where can we find Rescued Bears on social media?
Instagram: @rescuedbears
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rescuedbearsTO

What is West Toronto KEYS to INclusion?
KEYS is a registered charitable organization committed to authentic integration and helping adults with intellectual disabilities reach their full potential. They believe that neighbourhood opportunities for work, volunteering, and social experiences are the KEYS to creating strong vibrant communities for all.
Website: www.westtorontokeys.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/keystoinclusion

Announcement

Last updated on 26 Oct, 2020

PLEASE NOTE FREE SHIPPING IN ONTARIO ONLY.
What is Rescued Bears?
Rescued Bears began with a mission to reuse and recycle outgrown and abandoned plush toys. It has since developed into an adoption agency for stuffed animals that simultaneously acts as a social enterprise. All profits from Rescued Bears go towards the registered charity West Toronto KEYS to INclusion, an active community group that facilitates programming and opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. Each sale we make helps ensure a bear (or other species – we do not discriminate!) finds themselves in a loving new home instead of a landfill, and supports the continued and expanding operation of Keys to INclusion’s successful programs.

What's a rescued bear or friend?
Rescued bears and friends are stuffed animals and beanie babies who have been donated to our social enterprise. Each stuffed friend is then gifted a hand-knit, or hand-sewn, cardigan, vest, scarf, bandana, or bow tie - according to their personal preference, of course. We then set out to get to know each individual through a gentle interview process that allows us to share their stories with you through their unique, hand-written biographies. You will receive a copy of your new friend's biography, as well as a signature Rescued Bear Journey postcard, with your purchase.

Environmental policy:
All wool used to knit our friends' fancy finery has either been donated or is leftover from previous projects. The stuffed animals themselves are also received second-hand.

Hygiene practices:
Each of our stuffed animals undergoes a vigorous sterilization process to ensure they meet our hygiene standards, especially in the time of Covid-19. After a hot soapy spin in the washing machine, each stuffed animal enjoys two separate rounds in a hot dryer. They are treated with an anti-bacterial spray and placed in a sealed bag.

Where can we find Rescued Bears on social media?
Instagram: @rescuedbears
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rescuedbearsTO

What is West Toronto KEYS to INclusion?
KEYS is a registered charitable organization committed to authentic integration and helping adults with intellectual disabilities reach their full potential. They believe that neighbourhood opportunities for work, volunteering, and social experiences are the KEYS to creating strong vibrant communities for all.
Website: www.westtorontokeys.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/keystoinclusion

Items

30 Sales
 
Gail Burgin

Contact shop owner

Gail Burgin

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(9)

About RescuedBears

Sales 30
On Etsy since 2015

Why do we rescue bears and other lost toys? Because everyone should be able to find their way home 

Our founding bear’s name is Otis. When Kiyomi (Gail, our founder) was seven years old, she left him on a bench while out shopping with her mom and sister. Otis became yet another lost toy. His story might have ended there, but it didn’t. Kiyomi created a Lost Bear poster and her mom posted it near the bench.

After a week of uncertainty, someone finally called the number. A boy had found Otis on the bench and brought him home. When his mother saw the poster, she recognized the bear and Otis was reunited with Kiyomi.

Few lost toys have such a happy ending. They may never find their way back to their first home, but with Rescued Bears, they can find their way to a new one.

Shop members

  • Gail Burgin

    Owner, Co-Creator

  • Virginia

    Writer, Co-Creator

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on 04 Apr, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Where do you ship?

We offer shipping within Canada only.