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Welcome to The Stuffed Animal Rescue Foundation!

Visit our real-life headquarters! We will be open 11/20 & 11/21, 12-6PM!

2825 Hancock Dr #111 Austin, TX 78731

After two very successful weekends during the WEST Austin Studio Tour, we’ve decided to keep the fun rolling.

We will be open this weekend, Nov 20-21, as continued part of the Austin Studio Tour… even though we’re technically on the WEST side of things!

Come tour The SARF’s administrative headquarters (staffed by our permanent stuffed residents), meet our stuffed artists in residence and see their artwork, sign up for a future workshop, and look at all the cool recycled materials we’ve used in the decor. You can also apply to adopt rescued stuffed animals! See you then!

Free and open to the public (donations are gladly accepted):

Hours

Nov 20 & 21
12-6pm

Sneak Preview:

The SARF Live (but Stuffed)! On Facebook Live! Episode 7 (Austin Studio Tour)

(We’ll have prints of this poster for sale, as supplies last, and also some t-shirts!)


The SARF Live (but Stuffed)! On Facebook Live! Episode 1


The SARF Live (But Stuffed)!
Join us for Episode 2!

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 SA Writing:
By Allen

(stuffed)
Owl

for Carl Salamander

I
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

II
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.

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’.

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Featured Past Adoption:
Horace

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.

STATUS: ADOPTED JANUARY 2014!

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

Latest News

Straight from the stuffed horse’s mouth… Here’s what’s afoot at The SARF Headquarters and beyond!