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Make A Sale, Save A Tail in the Denver Post

December 22, 2012


Pet Project: Colorado girls transform grief over dog into nonprofit
POSTED:   12/22/2012 12:01:00 AM MST

By John Davidson
Special to The Denver Post

Maria, right, and Sophia France play with a litter of puppies that are up for adoption. After the sisters’ ill dog had to be euthanized, the two decided to take action to help other dogs who might face euthanasia because of homelessness. They now sell lotions to raise money for a network of animal shelters.(Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

In fall 2010, the approaching holidays didn’t look bright to the France family of Westminster.

Michael and Melissa and their two daughters, Maria, 6, and Sophia, 4, loved Christmas. But this time, a member of the family would be missing: Rocky, a 12-year-old pug, had to be euthanized after a lingering illness. The girls were devastated.

At the emergency clinic where Rocky died, Melissa France knew it was time for a heart-to-heart with the girls. She told them of the many other pets that had to be euthanized — not because they’re old or sick, but solely for lack of a home.

It’s a tricky, even pivotal conversation. The loss of a pet can stay with a person into adulthood, making it difficult to adopt an animal again, according to a recent study by the ASPCA.

The France girls saw a way to channel their grief.

“Maria said we had to do something to help these animals,” Melissa said. “Sophia agreed.”

They didn’t have to look far to figure out how. Michael France is CEO ofColorado Quality Products,a company that makes personal-care products. Melissa writes for skin-care trade publications. The girls decided to sell specially made Christmas lotions and donate the proceeds to shelters and groups that support them.

They called their project“Make A Sale, Save a Tail.”

Melissa told Maria she needed a business plan, so Maria penned a hand-written, one-page document.

Michael and Melissa hit the phones, using their contacts to work out the details. There would be shea-butter body creams and soaps in four holiday scents: Christmas Apple, Sugar Cookie, Cinnamon Sticks and Christmas Tree. They would sell the lotions online (through; at mariasophia through retail vendors (listed at; and face to face — and donate all their profits to animal-welfare organizations.

Selling wasn’t hard, Maria said. “Sophia and I practiced on each other.”

The major recipient has beenShelter-Me Photography,a nonprofit that takes high-quality pictures of pets up for adoption. Shelter-Me’s work has increased traffic — and consequently adoption rates — at every organization it services.

Nanette Martin, Shelter-Me’s executive director, is grateful for the help. “These two little girls and their parents are very special,” she said.

The girls also donated proceeds toBig Dogs-Huge Paws, Safe Harbor andAngels with Pawsand are doing so again this year. The list of organizations and the product line, continue to grow.

The project raised $5,000 total over its first two years, and the France family hopes to top that this year. They also started the MariaSophia Foundation, which has applied for nonprofit status.

Meanwhile, the girls have become celebrities at their Arvada elementary school, Excel Academy Charter School, where Maria draws a comic strip for the school newspaper, “The Dolphin Squeak.”

If this all seems like a lot for the France family to handle, it is. But Melissa France, for one, doesn’t mind.

“This is a family affair,” Melissa answered. “It’s busy, but it has brought us together. It’s good to spend weekends together.” This year, the family lost its second pug, Rocky’s litter sister Rosie.

But on a recent Saturday afternoon, Maria and Sophia, now 8 and 6, romped in the backyard of a neighbor, Michelle Jansick, who was fostering seven Labrador/collie pups. A chilly breeze blew in off nearby Standley Lake, but that didn’t stop the girls from enjoying the afternoon.

Members of Jansick’s rescue group,A Puppy’s Voice,assemble in the parking lot of a local Subway every Saturday morning to pick up the unwanted dogs they will foster. The organization is saving to build a permanent location, and members hope to get on the list for donations from Make a Sale/Save a Tail.

Says Jansick of Maria and Sophia: “They’re my heroes.”

Contact “Make a Sale, Save a Tail” at

Read more:Pet project: Colorado girls transform grief over dog into nonprofit – The Denver Post
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Make A Sale, Save A Tail in the News!

December 14, 2012

We are pleased that two publications recently posted articles featuring our products.

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Give Gifts That Give Back. 5 Beauty Products to Add to Your List.

4. The “Make A Sale, Save A Tail” Project

Product: Shea Butter Body Creams in Holiday Scents, $8.50 each

“Located right here in the Denver metro area, this project was started by two sisters, currently 6 and 8 years old, with a mission to help rescue shelther animals. The two began the “Make A Sale, Save A Tail” Project in 2010 after the loss of their pug, Rocky, and give 100% of their profits to animal welfare organizations. They make and sell shea butter based hand and body creams and hand and body soaps in four holiday scents. They also have partnered with biscuit bags to offer small fabric ditty bags which are perfect for dog treats, cell phones, ipods, etc. Available at or at St. Nick’s Stores in the Denver area.”

Holiday Gifts That Give Back

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, and are looking for great gifts that help others—both two and four legged—check out my holiday gift guide.

“Make A Sale, Save A Tail was started by Melissa France and her two daughters (at ages 4 and 6). “We make holiday scented lotions and soaps (professionally labeled at our skin care facility) and our entire product line benefits animal welfare organizations across the country,” says Melissa.  ”What started as an idea to help rescue animals has turned into a small business. We do this October through January every year (this is our third year) and we give 100 percent of our profits to charitable, non-profit animal organizations.  We are not large, but we do donate a large percentage. We don’t make any money on the project. All of our profits are donated from our website.  ”Our love filled project was started in 2010 by Maria, age 6  and her sister Sophia, age 4.  After a tough decision led to having their 12-year old pug Rocky put to sleep, the girls were moved to help animals in shelters find new homes. Working together, the girls came up with the idea to have a product line that would be Christmas-oriented and practical to use.. (Rocky loved Christmas!) The Holiday lotion line was the beginning. The line has grown to include lotions, soaps and small fabric bags. With plans in the works for new summer scents, room sprays, hand soaps & essential oils, the girls have quickly become entrepreneurs for the love of animals!”  Check out their site by clicking here.”

New Location Carrying Make A Sale, Save A Tail Products!

December 10, 2012

We are pleased to announce that we now have an additional location for local customers. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Ryan Groelz & Dr. Melissa Groelz, our products are available for purchase at Rock Creek Spine and Rehabilitation Center, 413 Summit Boulevard , Suite 101
Broomfield, CO 80021.


You may purchase our lotions or order our bags at this location!

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