High school fashion club making bandanas, chew toys for shelter pups

Posted at 4:46 AM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 10:13:41-04

It's time to get down to sewing for the Paradise Valley High School Fashion Club. These students are using their skills to help animals at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelters. 

"It makes me feel all warm and happy," said Maja Jovanovic, a freshman at the school. 

Maja has been sewing since she was a little girl. She's in ninth grade now and is helping the class sew bandanas and chew toys that will be donated to the county shelter. 

"I'm glad to know that I'm helping these animals get a forever home," said Maja. "They're not just going to be living in a shelter and that they're going to have a family that's going to love them."

That small piece of clothing will be worn by animals that need to be adopted. It may be small, but it goes a long way when it comes to finding that forever home. 

"It's more important than people realize," said Jose Santiago with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. "A lot of people see these guys and they're intimidated by the breed. They're intimidated by the size. We put a bandana on a dog and it automatically eases them up."

Right now the county is caring for more than 1,000 animals between the two shelters which are over capacity.