A Peacemaking Project by mari c.

What is the injustice we are solving?

With the domino effect of our economy pushing the fact of barely getting by, taking care of a pet is expensive, which means shelters overcrowd easily, leaving no space for the multiple stray animals still out there. The fact is, owning a pet is expensive and shelters are not very much able to take in more homeless animals because of the lack of room in the shelter. Again, why? We live in an economy that almost prevents us from taking care of oneself.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Animals being without safe-spaces
we will address A lack of initiative by people no longer able or willing to be pet owners and the general state of the economy plus an increase in changing infrastructures in communities.
by “lupebuilders” giving back to the community with a percentage of each sale going back to saving animals, supporting adoptions, and providing supplies to shelters and foster homes. We also build and donate animal safe-spaces to communities.

Our Project Plan:


  • To raise adoption and fostering rates in local animal shelters
  • Provide positive customer experiences in recognizing the importance of pets as family
  • Raising awareness of animal rights

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Going out and gathering even more of an insight on interactions with owners and their pets, furry or not, haha! I’d like to free more time up in my schedule to volunteer directly into relief programs for animals, and also study animals and their actions to understand their own needs better.

How will you show courage?

It is never easy taking a risk and starting a business, let alone dealing with animals who may or may not be pets, but that has never once bothered me. All animals are life’s creatures and protecting them and their homes is more important than getting discriminated against for. I have experienced hate protests against animals and slurs thrown at me for supporting animals rights, but at the end of the day I will always stand up and fight for what I believe in.

How will you collaborate with others?

Working side by side with customers and other professionals to get the best experience in understand different though processes and helping out animals and owners together!

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

Seeing more and more people own pets and seeing shelters start to lessen in numbers of animals. Adopting or fostering animals from shelters is a main priority as of now.

Key Steps

  • Gathering customer data
  • Visiting shelters and organizations
  • Studying into animal behavior and their needs
  • Advance safe-spaces to accommodate in an even more effective way to help animals feel safe, secure, and happy


Adrian B. Peace First Staff
18 April 2018 13:18

Hi Mari,

Thank you for being a peacemaker! We reviewed your mini-grant application and at this time your team was not approved for a mini-grant because the project plan needs more clarity so we can see the connection between the supplies you requested and the injustice you've identified. However, don’t give up! We provided you with some feedback on your application so that you can revise your project plan and re-submit your application.

As a quick reminder, the mini-grants are intended for you and your team to get started on your peacemaking journey so can can complete projects within the next three months. Through the application, you must be able to demonstrate how the project is a peacemaking project (uses courage, compassion, and collaboration) and that you can realistically complete the elements of the project you are asking for funding for within the given timeline of 3 months.


The project plan did a great job of:

I love the range of ideas you have for how to support animals who need safe spaces to be. You are displaying compassion and initiative for supporting them. And your idea to get to know the perspectives of others in your community is a great way to learn more about how to best support animals! Right now, people have lots of power over animals--so talking with people who have a range of perspectives will help you learn how to get others invested in this cause--which will help a lot. I admire your commitment to animal rights and I can tell that your passion will help this project go far.

The project can be strengthened by (please make these changes in the revised application):

You have so many ideas that it's not quite clear yet what your project plan is. You've listed a lot of different project goals/steps--but each of them could probably be a project in themselves! Here are all the ones I noticed throughout your project:

--The economy being poor means that people can't afford to take care of pets
--People not being able to afford pets is contributing to shelters overcrowding
--Overcrowded shelters mean that there are stray animals who don't have a safe place to stay, leading to many homeless animals
--People can't take care of themselves, let alone pets, which is senseless and not OK
--An increase in changing infrastructures in communities (What were you referring to here? I'd love to know more!)
--“lupebuilders” giving back to the community with a percentage of each sale going back to saving animals (Love the idea of giving back to community through a business! What are you selling here? Who will you give money to?)
--Supporting adoptions (Adopting or fostering animals from shelters is a main priority as of now.)
--Providing supplies to shelters and foster homes
--Build and donate animal safe-spaces to communities. Advance safe-spaces to accommodate in an even more effective way to help animals feel safe, secure, and happy (What are these safe spaces? How do they work)
--To raise adoption and fostering rates in local animal shelters (How will you do this?)
--Provide positive customer experiences in recognizing the importance of pets as family (How will you do this?)
--Raising awareness of animal rights (How will you do this?)
--Volunteer directly into relief programs for animals
--Study animals and their actions to understand their own needs better

In order for us to provide a mini-grant, we need to have a clearer sense of your project plan and focus. I ask you to consider picking one main goal/focus for your project--then we can figure out tasks and steps for your project plan from there.

To help you pick one, I encourage you to use the Root Causes tool to think about which of these project ideas gets to a root cause of why animals are homeless. You have some great ideas about root causes within your project page as it is! When you consider root causes in the context of project goals, it may become clearer to you about what path to take. (This link also has a link to "Talking to Others" which is a great way to more deeply understand the folks who are abandoning horses--so you can help change that.)

Your ideas are powerful and generative, and I would love to see them blossom into something that addresses this important injustice--in a manageable and effective way.

I think this project will become truly powerful--your clear care and compassion for animals shines through, and turning that dedication into a clear focus will have a deep impact. Keep up the good work!

Thank you again for being a peacemaker. We are looking forward to seeing your revised mini-grant application!


Adrian B. Peace First Staff
5 April 2018 13:03

Hi Mari,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)


Adrian B. Peace First Staff
28 March 2018 18:42

Hi Mari,

We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan:

Then, through your dashboard you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to supporting your project!


Amani A. Peace First Staff
12 February 2018 14:52

Thanks for posting your project, Mari!

As part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff give formal feedback on important steps of your project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.

I enjoyed reading your project and learning about the injustice that you are trying to solve in your community! Generally, Animal welfare and creating a safe-spaces/shelters for them is an important issue, and I am looking forward to reading more about the steps you will take to solve this issue.
It would be great to try to make your insight as clear as you can! Thus, we would encourage everyone who is at this stage of their project to work towards deepening their understanding of the injustice they're focusing on. What are the main root causes of not having safe-spaces for the animals in your community? It would be great to talk to other people in your community and try to understand their perspective of not willing to have a pet in their houses or other people who are trying to solve the same justice or/and people who are already working to solve this injustice.

We would strongly encourage you to do interviews with each of those groups; it will enrich your project in lots of ways! Here are some resources on how to do that:

Thanks again for sharing your project with Peace First members, and we are looking forward to your next steps of the project!  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
31 December 2017 13:41

Hi Mari! Thanks for posting this project. I think you've identified an important injustice -- animal welfare is something that is easily neglected but very serious. I really like the work you've done to identify some of the root causes of this issue!

Sounds like you're doing a lot of really great work promoting animal welfare, building shelters, and donating supplies. That is awesome! What are your plans for taking your work to the next level this spring? And how can we help?  

RaulPF C. Peace First Staff
21 December 2017 16:06

Thanks for sharing your project! A really important injustice to work on. Can you tell us a bit more about where your project is at and where you need help the most?