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adoption event saturday april 29th

Stuffed Animal Adoption Day!

Saturday April 29th 12-4pm

at The SARF Headquarters
2825 Hancock Drive #111 Austin, TX 78731

Dogs, cats, dolphins, squirrels… You name it. Come meet rescued stuffies seeking permanent homes. They are eager to share their bios and discuss the details. If you find a good fit, enjoy an adoption on the spot.

Please join us for this event on Saturday April 29, 12-4pm. in our parking lot (or inside if it rains!) Adoption fees on a sliding scale! No interested living companion will be turned away due to inability to pay.

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12pm - 4pm Every Saturday

The SARF Headquarters 2825 Hancock Dr. #111, Austin, TX 78731

The stuffed staff is welcoming visitors every Saturday to say hello, meet stuffies who need homes, and enjoy the creative endeavors of the most talented stuffed minds ever assembled.

During your visit, you can apply to adopt a stuffy who’s looking for a home. The application process is competitive (and adoptions are not immediate), but it is worth the wait! Also, it’s free!

If you’d like to take home a rescued stuffed animal during your actual visit, we also have a variety of stuffies available for purchase!

Admission donations welcome!

Washing Your Stuffy!

Scenes from our Stuffed Animal Food Truck during Austin Studio Tour 2022:

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Now Selling Previously-Loved Stuffies

at The SARF HQ during open hours!

We love donations, but sometimes we have more stuffies than we can adopt out, or sometimes they’re too small or too interesting or branded to be part of our adoption program. And while we are dedicated to offering free stuffed animal adoptions, we also need to support ourselves. So we now have previously-loved stuffies available for purchase at The SARF Headquarters during open hours!

All stuffies are cleaned and sanitized (washed, dried, and frozen…)!

We’ll also have stuffed animal clothing and accessories, in case your own stuffies need to go thrifting for some new digs.

Help relieve stuffy overcrowding and help support The SARF Headquarters! Proceeds benefit our free stuffed animal adoption program!

Donate Used Stuffies

We take them...
By Appointment

How? Why? Where?

Watch This Video Because It’s Awesome:

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From Stuffed Animal Science Fair Winning Project, 2019

Combatting the Effects of Rising Sea Levels on Coastal-Dwelling Stuffed Animals (Possible Solutions) - by Viola

Featured Past Adoption:

Although Alcatraz was closed to human prisoners in 1963, few realize that stuffed inmates continued to be housed there for decades more. Because operating costs associated with feeding, housing, and restraining SAs are significantly lower than those required for live prisoners, the small-yet-dangerous SA population remained incarcerated on the island despite the subsequent influx of tourists, protesters, and occasional action film crews.

In recent years, however, the SA prison population has been in steady decline, due in part to the emergence of rehabilitation programs like those available at The SARF. This has led to the closing and consolidation of many large SA detention facilities; the lingering SA wing of Alcatraz (SAlcatraz) was one of these pegged for decommission in 2008. It was officially closed in 2010, and the remaining prison population was spread throughout partnering rehab facilities such as The SARF.

Horace has been in therapy at The SARF since 2010, and he has made significant progress. After 3 years of rehabilitation, he is excited to be participating in his first SA petting zoo.

This marks a giant step in his journey and is further evidence that SAs are capable of reform if given the proper guidance, opportunities, and encouragement.


Horace was adopted by a Travis County Department of Corrections employee in early 2014.

More Video!

The SARF Live (But Stuffed)(But This Time Not Live!) Episode 3: Toast Interview:
We had some technical difficulties with out broadcast last Thursday, so here is the full interview with Toast, our special guest!

Episode 4.
We discuss Beanie Babies, future SARF Headquarters, potentially-offensive lawn bags, and a bunch of other ‘stuff’.

Featured SA Writing:
By Allen


for Carl Salamander

I saw the best seams of my generation destroyed by rippers, fraying undarnable furless,
being dragged through the thrift store lines at noon looking for a stitch,
cotton-headed plushies yearning for the ageless human connection to living companions snuggling beside pillows at night,
who lonely and tattered and missing-eyed and squished sat up smashed in the supernatural coldness of crowded resale shelf aisles floating across the tops of old board games contemplating fluff,
who bared their stuffings to shoppers with carts and watched antique collectors digging through retro-themed booths discombobulated,
who passed through scanners with radiant red beams remembering how Suzie and Blake grown now among the scholars of dorms,
had packed for universities and left them alone on empty beds of home,
or now studied in shared rooms in evenings, turning their snuggles to fellow students instead and listening to indie music until dawn,
who were ridiculed for being immature bears and returned home with a weekend trip to do laundry,
who sat in dark crates or plastic bags in Goodwill Alleys, sealed, or tossed in with smelly shoes night after night with thread, with dread, with broken stitches, faded and unraveled and inappropriately holiday themed,
with narrowing limbs and bottom heavy settling of polyester batting, illuminating all the motionless world of Time between incongruent plastic dolls, forest green tortoises, Build-a-Bear refugees,
relegated to mix-and-match grab bags, robbed of individual identities, a swarm

I’m with you in Texas Thrift
where you’re fuller than I am
I’m with you in Texas Thrift
where your loneliness and laughter are invisible
I’m with you in Texas Thrift
in my dreams you talk haltingly from an electronic voice box with swiftly-failing batteries whispering to me in my SARF Headquarters cubby at night.

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