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11/5/21 3:27pm EST
by Status the Ferret
It has been a very chaotic few weeks for me personally, so I apologize for the late update.
This month, I have decided to stray away from animal charities and donate to a cause that is deeply important to me. A few years ago, I heard about a young man by the name of Michael Morones, who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury due to relentless bullying for enjoying the show My Little Pony. Michael survived the injury, but not without severe brain damage, affecting him for the rest of his life.
I've kept up with Michael's progress since the injury in January of 2014, including keeping in close contact with Michael's mother, Tiffany. Michael passed on October 27th, 2021, at age 19. At the time of the story, I was heavily into My Little Pony, and while I can no longer say that I am a part of the brony fandom, it really is not much different than the furry fandom. It's people who enjoy something out of the ordinary who just want to be loved and accepted for who they are. This is a message that still strikes me deeply.
Tiffany has asked that all donations made in Michael's name due to his passing be made to the You Will Rise project, and I have decided to donate all the funds from the Charming Otter under Michael's name to this project. You can read more about You Will Rise on the Charities page.
The charity for the month of December is TBD. December 3rd is my birthday and I will be at Midwest Fur Fest for this, so it may be donated to the same charity. I will decide that at a later date.
Thank you all for your continued love and support.
Status and Charming
by Status Ferret
The month of October will make The Charming Otter 2 months old, and that is just so crazy to me. It feels like just yesterday I was getting this thing off the ground. It is truly incredible.
For the month of October, our donations will be sent to Detroit Hives, a bee rescue based out of Michigan! This is also the official charity for Motor City Furry Con, which Charming and I will be attending! We are so excited to be back at a con and can't wait to meet and see our friends.
Charming will be appearing on a stream on 9/30 for a YouTube channel called Circle Stick, which is run by Patch Holt and Jay Spears. This stream is a fundraiser for St Judes Children's Hospital. If the stream raises $500, Jay may be appearing in Charming's suit... we'll have to see how it goes!
New designs to the shop will be added later this month. I also plan to add things such as bracelets, lanyards, and badge ribbons by December. This, of course, will all depend on my Patreon, and how the business is going.
Tyler (aka Status) also made an appearance on the Beer'd Al Podcast, talking about the one and only "Weird Al" Yankovic and his album Alpocalypse, and a huge shoutout was given to the Charming Otter, so be on the lookout for that on 10/15 as well!
Thank you for all of your continued support. Love you all!
-Status and Charming
9/4/2021 10:44pm EST
by Status Ferret
We are officially entering September! What a crazy time, and how fast life flies.
I was a little late on updating this month, and I do sincerely apologize for that. So much happened the last week of August into the first week of September in my personal life that unfortunately, I didn't have a free chance to update everything here.
For the month of September, all profits will be donated to Primarily Primates, which is a nonprofit based out of Texas that focuses on the adoption and rehabilitation of exploited primates due to science, entertainment, or exotic animal trade.
The reason I chose this charity is because it fits into the theme of Charming's next public outing, which will be to see the band SM6 in Brooklyn, NY! The "M" in SM6 stands for monkeys, and it only felt right to continue the theme of primates for September. If you see Charming at the show, be sure to say hello!
I will be adding some more designs to the shop this week as I have a bit more free time. I will update that on my Twitter, @charmingotter_, when those are uploaded and ready to go.
I'm really happy with the way this is going, and thank you for being here along on the ride.
-Status and Charming
8/17/21 10:47pm EST
by Status Ferret
Getting this page rolling has been quite the adventure. Every time I thought I was done, I thought of one more amazing idea that I needed to include. Originally, this was just going to be public outings, business cards, and getting people to pay attention to the charities. But I kept dreaming, and it became so much more than that.
I launched both my merch store and my Patreon on August 15th, and I'm extremely excited about both. The next step that I want to do is to get wristbands to hand out at public events and to put on merch tables at cons. I also reeeeeally want Charming Otter lanyards, eventually. (Ask anyone about my dumb obsession over lanyards. I love lanyards.) But these will all come with time. And funds.
The profits from the month of August will be donated to the C.A.R.E. foundation, where the purchase of Charming was a donation to (learn about the donation on the FAQ page, and the C.A.R.E. foundation on the Charities page).
I have an idea of what I want to do for the September public outing, and I need to make some phone calls and do some research before I confirm anything. This public outing will also relate to where the donations for the month of September will go. As soon as everything is confirmed, I will announce it here.
Remember to follow me on Twitter @charmingotter_ for updates on my outings, and for extra tweets from Charming and I.
Thank you all so much for being here. It truly means everything to me.
-Status Ferret & Charming