Playful Pancakes - Cat Toys for Charity

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These natural catnip toys were inspired by our friend Cassidy. Softstar donates 100% of the proceeds for these toys to Kids For Kids, an organization that combats hunger in Darfur, Sudan.

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Playful Pancakes are catnip-filled toys for your feline friends—inspired by our friend Cassidy. For each toy purchased, Softstar Shoes donates 100% of the proceeds to Kids For Kids, an organization that combats hunger in Darfur, Sudan. Grab a few for you and your kitty friends and help provide kids in Sudan with nourishing goat (kid) milk at the same time.

Playful Pancakes are now made by the elves from sheepskin and leather scraps. The body is 3 inches (8cm) long with a leather tail that ranges from 8 to 12 inches. Yummy catnip pellets are sandwiched between the sheepskin and perforated leather. We have thoroughly tested these toys on our own kitties and they passed inspection with flying colors! Labor and shipping are donated by the elves. Playful Pancakes come in an assortment of colors, so no two are alike.

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Elizabeth from Gainesville, Florida sent us this video showing how much Stella, her daughter's kitty, loves her Playful Pancake. Elizabeth writes: "To say it was a hit is an understatement!"

Pancake cat toys were created in 2006 by then-7-year-old Cassidy Lynn as a fundraising project. She learned about starvation in Darfur and wanted to do something about it, so she brainstormed the idea of making cat toys and donating proceeds to Kids for Kids—an organization that assists families in Sudan. They combat hunger through the purchase of goats (aka "kids") which provide sustainable milk supplies for their children (aka kids"). You can check out their website or Facebook page for more information. Cassidy came by our workshop regularly for leather and sheepskin scraps. She recruited elementary school friends to make personalized toys they could sell at local events. Cassidy and her friends made hundreds of toys and purchased over 180 goats in the first 2 years. When Cassidy's mom, Kathy, was diagnosed with terminal cancer early in 2008 the pancake project took a break. In November 2011, the Elves partnered with Cassidy to reinvigorate her Playful Pancake project.