A Little Fun Goes A Long Way 3

Kat Donovan helps our homeless animals through Kaboba Designs

Compassion is usually a later realized trait, but not for Kat Donovan, owner of Kaboba Designs. At only 11 years old, Kat runs a dog and cat toy business and donates ten percent of its earnings to the Humane Society of Western Montana each month to better the lives of our homeless shelter animals. 

Whether it’s being the reason behind a wagging tail or just knowing in her heart that she’s adding to the kindness of this world, Kat is a favorite among the four-legged. 

What was the inspiration behind Kaboba Designs? 

It all started with Lacey. We adopted Lacey when she was two years old through the Humane Society [of Western Montana]. She is a perfect mix of Border Collie and English Shepard. She loved to play and loved to chew so I started making her toys. 

When did your love for dogs begin? 

I can’t remember a time that I didn’t love animals. My grandma had two huge Newfoundlands when I was younger. Their names were Sam and Bella and we have always had a dog so I really can’t remember a time when they weren’t a part of my life. 

What made you decide to give a percentage of your earnings to the Humane Society of Western Montana? 

I went to the Humane Society for a cat and a dog camp for a few years. The camp leaders and all the people that worked there were so kind and amazing with the animals. I realized that even just a little bit can help these animals. 

How does it make you feel to help animals through your business? 

It makes me feel good. These animals need us just as much as we need them. Plus, when I stop by to make a donation, I get to hang out with the new puppies for a while and say hi. I would bring them all home if I could, but for now I can’t. 

What advice would you have for other girls who have a business idea or passion for something? 

If you believe in it, you can do it. You just have to start and put some effort into it.

Remember, “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” Greg S. Reid said that. 

What’s been the best part of running your business? 

Meeting lots of people like Marta and Emily who work at the Humane Society. They have been super supportive. 

Can you talk about the material your toys are made of? What makes dogs and cats like them so much? 

For the dog toys I use a French terrycloth. I tried other material but the terrycloth stretched and pulled the best, plus Lacey was a big fan so I went with it. For the cat toys I use a softer material like a fleece because it’s strong enough for those sharp cat claws. It also has a mixture of catnip inside that the cats love. 

What’s the best part of giving back to your community?

Making a difference in the animal’s life is very important to me because they affect us as much as we affect them and they can’t do it on their own.

If we all could give just a small amount of time and energy, their lives would be better. Realizing what an impact an animal can make in someone’s life is very rewarding.

Visit Kat at KaboboDesigns.com

These animals need us just as much as we need them.