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A Wisconsin man dedicates his life to help animals find their forever homesSubmitted: 11/19/2017
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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A Wisconsin man dedicates his life to help animals find their forever homes
RHINELANDER - Drs. Fosters and Smith in Rhinelander sells everything from leashes to liver treats.

But this past weekend the store teamed up with a man who dedicates his life to selling blankets for animals.

"I've always had a passion for pets," said Jeff Hopwood, a 25- year-old from Mt. Horeb who has some serious skills when it comes to making blankets.

"I wanted something that could help raise money for transports," said Hopwood.

About four years ago, Hopwood started making tie-blankets to sell to help animal transports.

"[Transporting is when you] take the animals to another destination and they keep going until they get to their forever home," said Hopwood.




Hopwood got the idea from his friend that told him about selling coats for pets.

"A spinoff would be blankets and it evolved so much bigger," said Hopwood.

It takes a few hours for Hopwood to finish one blanket. And on Saturday he had about 100 ready to be sold.

"Most of them are primarily for dogs and cats," said Hopwood.

Store manager Patti Berg heard about Hopwood from a local customer and felt she had to invite him to the Rhinelander store.

"I thought gee, that would be a really cool thing for us to get involved with. It's very gratifying that [he] was able to come up and give a hand to the animals," said Berg.

Hogwood donated part of his proceeds from this past weekend to Drs. Foster and Smith, the Oneida County Humane Society and to transporting.


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