April CRITTER NEWS!
Happy Spring everyone! March sure seemed like a busy month...and when I crunched the numbers, I clearly saw that it was very active. We had the help of 70 volunteers, which is just awesome. We were able to give over 40 different shelters blankets, since we had over 800 to ship! It truly was a team effort in making blankets, helping pay for shipments and donating much-needed materials. Thank you everyone!!!
Kitten Season is starting early in many parts of the country, due to the mild winter many of us experienced. So this huge number of blankets shipping out is timed just perfectly. I have a good supply of yarn now too, so if you're in the area of Glen Ellyn, IL please feel free to stop by any time and grab some!
If you have a bit of time, you may want to check out a new page we have on our website. "Thank you" goes to Michael A. of Boston, for suggesting it! It's called "Shelter Thank You's" and it shows the thank you notes we've received from shelters (quoted exactly), which have also sent along a picture. If you ever wonder if all your work is worth it - just check out this page!
I'm continuing to work on a plan to reach out to retirement homes. If you've expressed an interest to me about contacting a senior center in your area, I do have you on my list to get this information. Once the plan is finalized, I'll will be announcing it in the newsletter, so you can also "join in" the project at that time.
Grateful for another Spring,
Shelters Who Received Our Blankets in March
- A Forever Home Animal Rescue (Tavares, FL)
- Almost Home Foundation (Elk Grove Village, IL)
- Animal Adoption Center (Lindenwold, NJ)
- Animal Care Services (San Antonio, TX)
- ARF-IL (Lisle, IL)
- Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition (Brooklyn, NY)
- Catnap from the Heart (LaGrange Park, IL)
- Chenango SPCA (Norwich, NY)
- Chicago Animal Care & Control (Chicago, IL)
- Columbia County Humane Society (Portage, WI)
- Connecticut Humane Society (Newington, CT)
- Cumberland Valley Humane Society (Chambersburg, PA)
- Emerald City Pet Rescue (Seattle, WA)
- Fresh Start Animal Rescue (Belvidere, IL)
- Friends of Felines (Stamford, CT)
- Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (Arvada, CO)
- Hinsdale Humane Society (Hinsdale, IL)
- Homeward Pet (Woodinville, WA)
- Humane Society of Elmore County (Wetumpka, AL)
- Humane Society of Port Jervis & Deer Park (Port Jervis, NY)
- Kenosha Forgotten Friends (Kenosha, WI)
- Kindred Kitties (Kenosha, WI)
- K&R Small Animal Sanctuary (Appleton, WI)
- Lane County Animal Services (Eugene, OR)
- Lulu's Locker (Chicago, IL)
- Mary's Kitty Korner (Granby, CT)
- Montgomery Humane Society (Montgomery, AL)
- Naperville Area Humane Society (Naperville, IL)
- Nebraska Humane Society (Omaha, NE)
- PAWS Chicago (Chicago, IL)
- Peaceable Kingdom (Whitehall, PA)
- Phoenix Animal Rescue (Chester Springs, PA)
- Quincy Humane Society (Quincy, IL)
- Red Door Animal Shelter (Chicago, IL)
- Roanoke Valley SPCA (Roanoke, VA)
- Royce's Rescues (Richboro, PA)
- Stevens-Swan Humane Society (Utica, NY)
- Tails Humane Society (DeKalb, IL)
- Tri State Spay & Neuter (Ashland, KY)
- West Suburban Humane Society (Downers Grove, IL)
- Western Hills Humane Society (Spearfish, SD)
- Will County Humane Society (Shorewood, IL)
- Young at Heart Pet Rescue (Lake Zurich, IL)
For a complete list of shelters we support - click here!
Shelter "Thank You's"...
"Thank you!!! The blankets arrived over a week ago and they are just beautiful!!! Your volunteers do beautiful work. Thank you!" ~ Humane Haven Animal Shelter
"Thank you for donating to the HCWS. Your contribution will support our many programs and help eliminate the annual senseless killing of more than 30,000 cats and dogs in Las Vegas area shelters. Thank you very much for the beds!!! I'm sure our pets will love them!" ~ Heaven Can Wait Animal Society
"The Prattville Autauga Humane Society is truly grateful for your recent gift of homemade blankets. What a treat! Your commitment and thoughtfulness toward our cats and dogs at the shelter is treasured and welcomed. Thank you for giving to the maintenance of their health, comfort, and well-being. The ornament you sent is on our shelter Christmas tree! Thank you!" ~ Prattville Autauga Humane Society
"We sincerely appreciate your gift of the blankets! We received the shipment yesterday. I will get you photos of our pets using the blankets very soon! Again, we thank you as we know the pets at our shelter will have a warm blanket to sleep with!" ~ Kansas City Pet Project
Hickory Point Students make a difference to Pets!
Earlier this year, CFC was blessed with a huge shipment of pet toys, made by the students at Hickory Point School in Northbrook, IL. These students participated in a "Trash-to-Treasure" project in order to learn about reducing, reusing and recycling. Of course they also wanted to help the cats and dogs living in animal shelters!
The Northbrook chapter of Project Linus was generous enough to donate their leftover fleece to the school and the teacher leading this project, Ms. Felder, shared information on the project as it happened! I'm very grateful!
According to Ms. Felder, "Kindergartners loved making cat toys, by stuffing fleece bits into fleece pouches and learning to tie double and even triple knots to tightly close the pouches." The older kids (first and second graders) made the braided dog pull-toys (pictured above). As all the grades helped out, the teacher reports that the kids were thrilled to see the "mountain" of toys they had created together! "They were excited to know that their toys would be helping cats and dogs in need of some creature comforts at the shelters," says Felder.
There were so many toys that I was able to put a big handful at the top of every box I shipped for a couple months! I was also fortunate that a couple of the shelters were able to send pictures of the pets enjoying their extra treat....
A big "thank you" goes to this fabulous teacher and the kids who are already (at such a young age) making a difference in the world. YOU are a big part of that too. By supporting CFC, you are helping make these connections easy and possible!
What CFC Volunteers Have to Say....
Thank you for all the comments I've been receiving on our website. Here are a few of your fellow-volunteers, sharing why they love helping their pets and comforting all the pets they can't adopt!
- "I am unable to volunteer directly at a shelter and I'm hoping that I can still be of help this way. I think the blankets will help because having something that you can call your own means so much to all of us. A familiar color, smell, feel or even shape can make a world of difference. The dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens can have that feeling of ownership, and also that they will never really be alone as long as they have their blanket with them." ~ Nancy N., IL
- "My cats have fleece blankets. I have a fleece blanket. Who doesn't like a nice warm fleece blanket? I feel comforted, knowing the cats and dogs my blankets go to are comforted." ~ Linda R., IL
- "I make the blankets because I love animals. We lost our dog a year ago and since both of us are near 80, I feel too old to adopt another. So this is my way of giving back. The homeless animals need a little TLC and much comfort before being adopted to their forever home." ~ Gayle K., TX
- "My pet dogs and cat are my best friends - all have been adopted. Throughout my life, dogs and cats have been part of my family and they are very special to me. The blankets will keep them warm and secure, and hopefully they will feel the love being sent with each and every blanket I make." ~ Ireve M., NY
Shipping Funds Always Needed...
Here's another way to help us ship the hundreds of blankets we mail each and every month. Visit Amazon or Etsy to purchase one of our inexpensive blankets created by Linda, CFC's founder. You'll be sponsoring a big box of 20 blankets, which will be shipped to a shelter!
Each blanket comes with the above card, to explain how it's helping homeless pets, so it makes a great gift!
A few friendly reminders...
Once you have some blankets made, please check our "Shelters Supported" page to find a shelter near you (or at least in your state). Feel free to ship your blankets directly, or drop them off, and just let me know how many you sent.
Don’t forget to leave your name and address on the blankets or materials you drop-off at CFC headquarters in Glen Ellyn, so that I can send a thank you note.
Remember that we are all juggling CFC, jobs and kids! We do reply to every inquiry, but it may take a day or two. Thanks for your patience!
A new idea...
Show your love of pets, by adding a simple heart to your blankets!
- We comforted hundreds of homeless pets in March, by donating 874 blankets during the month.
- 43 different shelters, in 16 states, received our blankets, and many received a handful of toys as well.
- These blessings were only possible, due to the 70 volunteers who helped last month. Thank you!
More "Thanks" from the pets!
There's a brand new page on our website now, which holds some of the "thank you's" you've received, which included pictures!
Please visit this page to give yourself a reminder of all the good you're doing and all the lives you're comforting!
Crochet & Knitting site to Know...
I know crafters always want to keep crafting .... so if you find yourself in need of inspiration, or an exciting new pattern, check out the Lion Brand website at:
Their site has thousands of patterns, which can be searched based on skill level, yarn used, crocheted or knitted, and other parameters. They have over 3,000 patterns just for knitters and another 3,000+ just for crocheters!
You can also search based on who will be the lucky recipient of your work. The "pets" category has 80 patterns, including ones for beds, sweaters and some adorable toys. Enjoy!
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