Domestic Violence Victims Escape WITH Their Pets!

My eye was swollen shut. I was bloody and bruised from head to toe. A police officer took my statement as I sat silently crying in the Emergency Room. I had never felt so low. I just wanted to die then and there, but that wasn’t my first trip under these circumstances. I knew my abuser was at home, alone, with my cat – my baby. That thought consumed me. I knew I had to get home to save her. If he would do this to me, what would he do to her? – Shawna, 2015 domestic violence survivor

Shawna & her cat Sammi!

Shawna & her cat Sammi: they are happily living a safe new life together!

Pets are such a tremendous part of our lives: a constant support group, unconditional love, a source of stability & emotional well-being. It should be no surprise that an estimated 48% of domestic violence victims stay with their abusers in order to stay with their beloved pets. Abusers also know the bond between their victims & their pets, often time using them as leverage against their victims and threatening violence against the pets.  This phenomenon has been reported by more than 70% of pet owners who enter shelters. This is a national struggle that knows no race, social class, or status and anyone can fall victim. Purina, a proud sponsor of the Mulligan Movement, has taken this crisis to heart & reaches out to make a difference.

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Manhattan’s Urban Resource Institute (URI) and Nestle Purina met on October 13, 2015 to open Manhattan’s first-ever dog park within a Domestic Violence Shelter – The Purina Pet Haven. The dog park is located at Urban Women’s Retreat (UWR), which is part of the URIPALS (People and Animals Living Safely) program. URIPALS is the only program of its kind in New York City, and one of the few nationally, that allows for domestic violence victims to live in shelter with their pets!

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Purina, however, has been a long time supporter of survivors of domestic violence and their pets. Purina also sponsored the creation of the Purina Play Haven at URI’s Safe Haven shelter in Brooklyn back in 2014, the first-ever dog park at a domestic violence shelter in New York City {see video below}. To date, URIPALS has helped 43 families and 63 pets! When these statistics are broken down, that is 38 cats, 18 dogs and a variety of other pets such as reptiles & fish who have been potentially saved from danger! Every pet matters!

Purina also wants to continue to make sure that domestic violence victims don’t have to worry about providing for their loved ones, as they have enough to worry about during their transition. At the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Purina showed their passion for this cause by donating Purina ONE dog food, Purina Cat Chow, as well as many other dog treats & cat litter. Purina has committed to continue to work with URI to provide supplies that will be used to create welcome kits for families entering the shelter with their pets. These supplies consist of pet travel carriers, safety gates, pet beds, food & water bowls, scratching post, leashes toys & more!

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Purina has always stated their belief that people and pets are better together! URI & Purina hope that their efforts will help reduce the barriers and struggles for families of domestic violence on their journey to safety. Together they hope to continue to raise awareness about the impact of domestic violence and furthermore the abuse that can spread to the entire family – pets count too!


Purina is a company that I couldn’t be more proud to stand behind! Their continued support & sponsorship of Mulli and the Mulligan Movement, alongside the many ways they display their strong moral fiber in the community, shows they’re a company I can proudly partner with!

With love, hugs & belly rubs,

Lindsay & Mulligan

Washington County Animal Shelter Donation

Huge THANK YOU to Southern Reprographics for donating the giant print of our check!!

Huge THANK YOU to Southern Reprographics for donating the giant print of our check!!


First & Foremost: Sorry for the blurry pictures everyone… they are screen shots of the PAWSOME YouTube video documenting our trip to the Washington County Animal Shelter.

Mulligan Movement apparel is sold at Belle Boutique, where 100% of the proceeds are donated to local animal shelters to help provide health care needs.

Each & every Mulligan shirt has a tag that explain his story, as well as a hand written thank you note. I could have printed the

Each & every Mulligan Movement shirt has a tag that explains his story, as well as a hand written “Thank you” note. Sure, I could have printed the “thank you” notes… but I want people to know just how much I truly appreciate their support!

For new readers, when Mulligan was adopted he had several health issues that had to be treated and this brought to my attention the medical funding, or lack there of, in shelters.  This is what inspired Mulligan Movement & why the funds go where they go!

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Mulligan was very proud of himself, as well he should be!

On August 22 Mulligan & I met Brittany, the owner of Belle Boutique, at the Washington County Animal Shelter to make a donation.  This shelter had recently been going through some issues with their budget.

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As soon as I heard about the issues with the budget, I contacted Brittany and we decided this would be the perfect time to donate Mulligan Movement apparel money to the shelter.  We wanted to not only make sure they had money to cover necessary medical expenses, but also let the shelter know that the community stood behind them.

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I mean really? Look at that face! I love you, puppy.

I called the shelter to discuss what was going on, tell them we wanted to donate a $1,000, where it was coming from, what the $1,000 had to spent on, and make sure it was ok to bring several people as well as a photographer / videographer to document the donation! We got the green light & on Saturday, August 22, 2015 we all met at the shelter to make it happen!

Sydney stopped by as part of the Mulligan Movement to play with some kittens & help out!

Sydney stopped by as part of the Mulligan Movement to play with some kittens & help out!

The reason I wanted the donation documented was so that not only people who have participated in the Mulligan Movement could see the impact they have made, but so that others in the community could see what the Mulligan Movement is all about.

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This is Ava, 9 years old, and has followed Mulligan since the beginning! Ava joined us at the shelter to make a very special donation of her own.  Ava did a lemonade stand at a garage sale that morning & wanted to donate her money to the Washington County Animal Shelter as well!

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While Ava was visiting the shelter she fell in love with Rico.  When Ava made her donation she asked that it cover the adoption fee for Rico.  This made him free to an approved home & he has since been adopted! THANK YOU AVA FOR BEING PAWSOME & SETTING A GREAT EXAMPLE!

Don't forget to watch our video blog to see more about this donation!

Don’t forget to watch our video blog to see more about this donation!

When we make a donation with Mulligan Movement funds, we require the shelter to give us an invoice for the medical supplies the money was spent on! This is to insure that the funds were used correctly & also so that I can show you exactly where the money went.  After all, its your money & I want to uphold the integrity behind what we do.  I am so  happy to show all of you where YOUR money went and the difference WE MADE TOGETHER!

Invoice 1

Invoice 1

Here is the first invoice that details what donation money was used on.  Let me break it down into English because none of us speak Vet! Unless of course you are a vet… or science person…

1)Pyrantel Pamoate: This is a deworming agent used to treat hookworm & roundworms.

2)Azithromycin: This is used to treat bacterial infections.

3)Enercal: A vitamin & energy supplement for dogs & cats.

4)Doxycycline: Treats infections caused by bacteria.  Typically used to treat Lyme disease.

5)Advita: Probiotic used to help with bowel function and general health (this one was specifically for felines)

6) Neo-Poly-Dex: Prescription eye medication to treat bacterial infections in eyes or on the eye lid.

7) Otomite: Medication used to treat ear infections.

Invoice 2

Invoice 2

1)Nobivac Intra / Canine: 1 year intranasal vaccine that protects against canine cough as well as Bordetella and canine Parainfluenza virus.

2) Nobivac Feline: 2 year vaccine against feline Leukemia virus and feline STD’s  (for all my promiscuous kitties, this ones for you!)

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THANKS TO YOU & ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT we were able to make a difference for the Washington County Animal Shelter in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  I am so happy to show everyone what we were able to accomplish working together through the Mulligan Movement! You can purchase Mulligan Movement apparel right now at ShopBelleBoutique.Com & a new T-shirt line is coming out soon! With your continued support we hope to be making many more donations through the Mulligan Movement & can’t wait to show you!


With love, hugs & belly rubs,

-Lindsay & Mulligan

Krauft Cookies

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Mulligan + Krauft Cookies teamed up to host our first ever Instagram cookie auction! I had never even heard of a cookie auction before, but Liz – the owner and unbelievable baker behind Krauft Cookies – filled me in on how they work and what to do!

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Liz created cookies that represented Mulligan & some of his favorite things! The cookies included Mulligan red bow ties (his signature), chicken broth popsicles (his favorite summer snack), tennis balls, dog bones, and #MulliganMovement cookies.

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When I saw the finished product, I couldn’t believe my eyes! The Mulligan cookies looked just like Mulligan and the cookies looked too good to eat. Seriously, Liz is absolutely PAWSOME!



On Friday, June 19th at 8 p.m. we launched our first cookie auction! Auctioning off two dozen cookies representing all things Mulligan! Our goal was to raise money for a local shelter. We decided to donate the funds raised to Springdale Animal Shelter, the shelter where I found Mulligan.


The auction went from 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. on the @KrauftCookies Instagram account. We were lucky enough to raise $70!!!! Thanks to this cutie, Sophie, who’s mom Rose bought the cookies for her!  All of those funds were donated to Springdale Animal Shelter where, like all funds raised through the Mulligan Movement, were donated to help provide health care and supplies needed to maintain a healthy living environment for the current residents.


Liz Krauft has been in Fayetteville since 1992. Her family moved here from Fort Smith, Arkansas when she was around 7 years old. She has been here ever since and now is raising a family of her own here!


Liz’s work is so amazing! And trust me… the cookies taste as amazing as they look! I had to know how long she had been baking and how she learned to do this magic. Liz answered “Not long ago, actually. I have a slight obsession with Pinterest. I kept seeing these fancy little cookies, so in October 2014 I decided to give them a shot. I failed miserably. But, I tried again. And again. After a few dozen failures, I came out with some decent tasting and looking cookies! After that, I was hooked. I sold my first batches of cookies to the public in November. I made up a bunch of turkey cookies and pitched them on one of those yard sale pages on Facebook. I sold a bunch of them! I couldn’t believe it!”


Liz started Krauft Cookies around January 2015. She had been having success selling Thanksgiving and Christmas themed cookies and with people trying to get in contact with her she decided to start a Facebook page! But what to name it? Her husband filmed her baking one day and posted to social media using #KrauftCookies, thus the name stuck.


So what goes into making Krauft cookies? Liz described it as quite a long process! She starts off by chatting with clients to make sure she understands exactly what they want. Liz doesn’t want to miss any key details.

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Every batch is made FRESH FROM SCRATCH! Each and every detail in the baking process is very precise; the oven temperature, the dough mixture, the countertop temp, and the icing consistency. All must be perfect! She says, “These cookies are not forgiving! My cooking style is very opposite from baking cookies. I normally will just toss in ingredients, and never measure a thing. With the cookies, I make sure that I go so far as to use the same utensils to measure and brands of ingredients every time to ensure uniformity”. Liz says the icing is the most important part. Every single drop of water counts, not one drop too much or too little will work. The cookies bring a lot of joy to people, and that is the best part. It is truly a labor of love for Liz.

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Liz & her husband have a nine-year-old brown lab named Parker! She is both diabetic and epileptic, requiring daily medical needs. Liz used to do work with one of the non-profits that helped to benefit Fayetteville Animal Shelter. It was there she was exposed to the needs of local shelters and is one reason she was inspired to help the Mulligan Movement!


Want to order some? Liz books up quickly so you will want to place an order a month in advance. Cookies range from $35 – $50 per dozen depending on complexity.


HUGE THANK YOU to Krauft Cookies for teaming up with the Mulligan Movement & helping to raise shelter awareness, as well as money for Springdale Animal Shelter, in a unique and fun way!



Want to keep up with Krauft Cookies?! Here’s how!! {Links below!}

Instagram: @KrauftCookies

Facebook: Krauft Cookies 


-Lindsay & Mulligan

50 Shades of Spay

All information provided by SpayArkansas.Org 

            The point of this article is to break your heart & then attempt to put it back together again with hope and inspiration to make a change. I feel there is no other way to make the impact needed without doing it this way. Let me break down the statistics for you. Each day in the United States it is estimated that more than 70,000 animals are born. That means roughly 25.5 million animals are born in the United States per year and an approximate 11 MILLION of them are euthanized. 11 MILLION. Over half of the dogs that enter the shelter (61%) are killed. Sorry, I hate to say it so bluntly like that but it’s the truth, they are KILLED. For all you cat lovers out there – 75% of cats that enter shelters are killed. Heart breaking? Let me go ahead and completely shatter it for you. Every 1.5 seconds a shelter animal is killed… These aren’t just animals that enter the shelter as strays or abuse cases. There are plenty of people who don’t base their entire life (living situations, vacations, etc.) around their pets like we do or simply can no longer afford to take care of their pets. People are constantly doing what is termed an “owner surrender” where people give their dogs to the shelter for whatever reason. Of those dogs that have been abandoned by their owners, over half (55%) are put down. Each year taxpayers are spending TWO BILLION dollars on what all is involved in putting a shelter pet down. I know if you’re taking the time out of your busy day to read my blog, this is not how you want your tax dollars spent!

Looking at the statistics for Arkansas (see chart below) was especially heart breaking when I looked at our numbers. 2013 Statistics

The Springdale Arkansas shelter, where Mulligan is from, put down over 300 dogs in 2013. Second only to Washington County, which includes contracts with small towns. There is hope however, thanks to one amazing Arkansas organization that is dedicated to lowering these rates in Arkansas, while at the same time making the luxury of having a pet both affordable and manageable for all social classes. This company is Spay Arkansas.

Spay Arkansas is right here in Northwest Arkansas and trying to lower these statistics for our state.   Since they opened in 2007, it has been their goal to work toward a better Arkansas that consist of less heart break by offering proactive ways to lower our local pet population – thus lowering our euthanization rates. Their services include, but are not limited to, low cost spay/neuter clinics, hosting public vaccine & micro chipping events and education for citizens on pet health. They have affected the lives of over 16,000 animals, averaging out to around 38 operations each clinic day!


Their name obviously shows what they are best known for; Spay / Neutering services!  On their website (SpayArkansas.Org) you can find a list of different agencies in different counties that offer low cost and discounted spay / neutering services! Making these procedures affordable and working with those who financially need the assistance to get these services done! Their website also addresses many of the myths & statistics that surround these procedures educating people on the truths and risk of NOT having it done. To put the risk of not having it done into perspective for you I have added a graph from a website that shows how many does ONE unneutored male and ONE unspayed female can produce! I feel a visual aid is always crucial to any important discussion! By lowering these numbers we can lower euthanization rates!  This isn’t their only order of operation though – there is so much more behind Spay Arkansas!

Once a month Spay Arkansas host a walk-in clinic for low cost vaccinations and microchipping! The best part is there are no income restrictions or residency requirements to obtain these services!  This allows for lower income families, or broke college kids such as myself, to still provide the vaccines needed to insure good health for their pet as well as microchipping which as you know is essentially a permanent collar so that agencies can locate a dogs owner!  Where micro chipping has not only the owner in mind, but the dogs safety & security, the vaccine services allow for a healthier pet population without the strain of vet bills or pressure some feel are involved with vet visits.  There is no judgement or guilt trips involved here – Spay Arkansas is just happy to see these animals being loved and cared for! Often time vet bills can get expensive and people worry that the vets office will judge them for their lack of “upkeep” on their pet without taking into consideration their financial issues! The amount you spend on your dog doesn’t always determine the love you have for it!

Spay Arkansas also helps feed our animal population by offering free dog food!  Even though it is first come first serve, it allows those who may be having a low financial month to still be able to feed their furry friend – instead of just dropping it off at the shelter and saying you can “no longer take care of it”.  These free services are so powerful because not only do they help dog owners in need, they can also lower “owner surrenders” at the shelter by offering alternatives to those who still want to love their pet and are just currently having financial issues! AMAZING!

Prada Pitbull Program is a special service that was created in 2012! This should be no surprise to you when you consider the amount of pit bull or pit bull mixes that arrive at the shelter.  Most of them, due to stereotypes and misconceptions, won’t make it out.  With this program, Pitbulls less than 50 pounds are only $10 to neuter & $20 if over 50 pounds! You can even get micro chipping for $10 if done the same day!


For those of you that are cat lovers, Spay Arkansas has a very special program for ferrel cats.  Even the homeless need someone to look out for them! With your help, Spay Arkansas is the company willing to make a change for the NWA ever growing cat population!  Like previously mentioned, 3/4 of the cats brought into the shelter are killed. We are all aware of how quickly stray cats can multiply! Spay Arkansas offers a service called TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) that is dedicated to helping ferrel cats. You can bring in your local ferrel cat yourself OR they even have traps that can be borrowed from the clinic.  From there they offer a $35 service to spay / neuter & rabies vaccinate the cat.  This fee can even be lowered depending on the circumstances! If you see a cat with the tip of their ear slightly cropped – this is a sign they have had these services done!

How can you help? Glad you were wondering! If you weren’t you should have been SO I will continue my train of thought! For those of you who are wanting to donate the website has a list of things that are needed that you can always drop off! Word of mouth is also huge and a form of empowerment that should never be underestimated! We can all share the word about what Spay Arkansas has to offer! Through this, more Arkansans can learn about the services they provide and use them! You may just tell someone in casual conversation who actually needs this service, or knows someone that does, and make a difference! The numbers speak for themselves and show Arkansas moving in the right direction.  Every year we are seeing a decrease in euthanization rates! For those of you who are visual learners I have made a graph just for you!

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As a state, we should continue to strive for lower euthanization rates in shelters! We are on the right path thanks to wonderful organizations such as Spay Arkansas!  This means less destroyed animals, less psychological damage done on those who work & volunteer for shelters, less heartbreak for animal advocates, and a better Arkansas!  Together we can continue this trend by spreading positive awareness about the risk of not spaying / neutering our pets, and the different options pet owners have financially to insure their pets are taken care of for a price that doesn’t hurt them!

Spay Arkansas Phone Number: (479) 756-1100