Artist Transforms Old Tires Into Colorful, Cozy Beds for Thousands of Stray Animals

Artist Transforms Old Tires Into Colorful, Cozy Beds for Thousands of Stray Animals

December 14, 2021 by By Cathy Stack

Most people pass by an abandoned tire without a second glance, seeing it as discarded trash. However, a creative and kindhearted Brazilian artist, Amarildo Silva Filho saw in them potential for something useful. He envisioned a product that would help stray animals as well as benefit the environment. So, for the past two years, he has collected thousands of old tires and refurbished them into functional, colorful and cozy beds for thousands of stray cats and dogs.

Tragically, thousands of stray animals perish each year from extreme weather conditions and illness. The absence of adequate shelter plays a contributing factor. Amarildo, an animal lover and artist, observed how countless strays in his hometown used old tires for refuge.

An ingenious idea suddenly came to him: He would create a product that would benefit the vulnerable animals in his community and help the environment. He wanted to provide the abandoned animals with a feeling of home and a sense of security by transforming the old tires into colorful pet beds. In the past two years, he has created more than 6,000 beds.

Amarildo collects discarded tires from the street and also accepts donations. Creating one bed takes him about 40 minutes per tire. Each tire is cleaned, cut and molded into the right shape. He paints each bed with vibrant designs and fits the interior with bold fabric prints to create a soft inner cushion with a matching pillow. He then sews the inner mattress into place, providing the animals great comfort as they lounge and sleep. He distributes the final product to local animal shelters and sets some directly onto the streets. As soon as the beds are brought out, the animals instantly curl up to rest and sleep.

Amarildo prefers to use recycled, environmentally friendly products for his artistic creations for sustainability purposes. As a result, his unique and durable tire pet beds serve a dual purpose. Not only do they provide great comfort for the strays, but they have a positive impact on the environment. Every year, billions of tons of garbage fill the oceans and landfills. Utilizing reusable waste reduces the impact.

Amarildo’s caring project was such a success that he has turned it into his own eco- and pet-friendly business.

“The only way to do a great job is to love what you do,” shared Amarildo.

PassItOn and Foundation For A Better Life believe that Amarildo Silva Filho is a hero. He used his creativity to invent a product that would help stray animals in his community while also benefiting the environment. His action is a great example of the value of compassion. Please help us celebrate Amarildo by sharing his heartwarming story.

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Your Comments
Elizabeth Sara Johnston from Guilford CT USA DECEMBER 15, 2021
This is a wonderful idea . May Amarildo's business continue to grow . Good Luck .

viv from south carolina - usa DECEMBER 15, 2021
wonderful idea !!! love it !!!

Lynise Tarring from Hilo, Hawai'i  DECEMBER 15, 2021
I sincerely thank you Amarildo for your sincerity and your heart. I wish I could send you a donation but a prayer and a Thank YOU comes from my heart. God Bless!

Kathy A. from USA DECEMBER 15, 2021
Love it!

Karen from Illinois DECEMBER 15, 2021
That is so thoughtful, thank you for thinking of that

Mariana Miller-D'Alessandro from Bronx, New York DECEMBER 14, 2021
amazing caring creative and environmental saving young man! Does he have a email? God bless his work! love, mariana

Kevin from Alabama (USA) DECEMBER 14, 2021
There is still compassion in this world! With so much hate, hostility and misguided ignorance on the rise today, this article is a ray of hope

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