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~ Celebrating 11 Years & 60,000+ Blankets ~

june 2018 CRITTER NEWS!

Happy summer everyone! If you live in the Chicagoland area, I hope you enjoyed the "switch" right from winter to summer, as temperatures topped 90 degrees! Remember, as you make your blankets, that animal shelters are air conditioned. The metal enclosures get very chilly, even on a hot day. A soft, comfy blanket is appreciated year-round!

2018 is shaping up to be a ground-breaking year for CFC. Every month this year, we've donated over 1,000 blankets to animal shelters across the US. In March, we hit a record high of 1,679 blankets donated for one month. A new record for us, which is now an old record. Yep, we surpassed it in May, due to all of your hard work and support. Get ready.... together we provided free, handmade and beautiful blankets to comfort....

1,807 pets!

About half those blankets shipped out of my home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, but the other half were donated directly by volunteers outside of Illinois. I can't thank you enough! I'm sure I would have been drowning in blankets, if not for all the volunteers that donated their blankets directly to shelters. If you do give blankets directly, please also let me know. The shelters often send a thank you note or email, but it almost never tells me how many blankets they have received and is often sent weeks later (those folks are busy!).

Please continue to spread the word on what we are doing and encourage everyone to contribute in whatever way they would like. My goal is to make CFC a blessing in the lives of every volunteer, in addition to helping shelter pets and shelter workers! 

Blessings to you and yours,

Linda

You are helping Joline!

This beautiful picture shows "Joline" at the Union County Animal Control Shelter in Buncombe, IL. We just added this shelter in May, so I was thrilled to hear about Joline so soon after signing them up. Alice M., a CFC volunteer who has helped us since 2011, donated blankets directly to the shelter and learned about Joline.

Joline is pictured to the left, as she recovers from a broken hip. She loves her handmade CFC blanket, which really keeps her comfy as she relaxes throughout the day.

Joline also has a super-sweet disposition. Since she's not able to be active at the shelter, while she's healing, the shelter decided to bring her to enjoy the "activity" of kids. Joline gets to visit a local school, where the kids take turns reading to her. What fun!

This program, of kids reading to shelter pets, has been adopted by other schools and shelters. It's a win-win situation, and I seriously can't imagine anything cuter.

I'm thrilled that CFC is able to help Joline to feel comfortable, and to help the wonderful work of the Union County shelter!

Your Beautiful Creations!

a Special thank you from ... red river spca!


      

"It's hard to get a picture of these critters enjoying their comfort blankets without posing them. But I did get these three! Before I could get the picture of the Calico lying down, she got up and mewed softly. It really appears she was saying, 'thank you' for her comfort blanket! And there's no doubt that the black kitten enjoys her blanket!

But my favorite is the two little dogs comforting each other right after they were spayed. In addition to the blankets being beautiful, they're soft and durable and they wick up moisture. Thank you again!"

~ Red River SPCA in Whitesboro, TX

Shelters Who Received Our Blankets in may

4 Paws Rescue - Whitehall, MT 

ADOPT - Naperville, IL

A Forever Home Animal Rescue - Tavares, FL  

All 4 Animals - Mishawaka, IN

Almost Home - Elk Grove Village, IL

Animal Care League - Oak Park, IL

Animal Care Services - San Antonio, TX

Animal Friends of Westmoreland - Youngwood, PA

Animal Welfare League - Chicago Ridge, IL

ARF-IL/Animal Rescue Foundation - Lisle, IL

Aurora Animal Control Shelter - Aurora, IL

Bichons & Little Buddies - Mukwonago, WI

Bideawee - Westhampton, NY

Blessed Bonds - Palos Park, IL

Boone Area Humane Society - Boone, IA

Buddy Foundation - Arlington Heights, IL

Capital Humane Society - Lincoln, NE

Castaway Critters - Hummelstown, PA

Chenango SPCA - Norwich, NY

Coastal Humane Society - Brunswick, ME

Cocheco Valley Humane Society - Dover, NH

Dane County Humane Society - Madison, WI

DuPage County Animal Shelter - Wheaton, IL

East Providence Animal Control Shelter - East Providence, RI

Emerald City Pet Rescue - Seattle, WA

Feline Friends - Olympia, WA

Ferret Haven - Spokane, WA

Fox Valley Animal Welfare League - N.Aurora, IL

Friends of Greenup Paws - Greenup, KY

Greenup County Animal Shelter - Greenup, KY

Greenville Cty Animal Care Services - Greenville, SC

Gulf Coast Humane Society - Ft. Myers, FL

Humane Society of Hancock County - Findlay, OH

Humane Society of Manatee County - Bradenton, FL

Humane Society of Morgan County - Berkeley Springs, WV

Humane Society of Whitley County - Columbia City, IN

Kendall County Animal Shelter - Yorkville, IL

Kenosha Forgotten Friends - Kenosha, WI

Kindred Kitties - Kenosha, WI

K&R Small Animal Sanctuary - Appleton, WI

Marion County Animal Services - Ocala, FL

Misty Eyes Animal Center - Avon, IN

Montgomery Humane Society - Tampa, FL

Naperville Area Humane Society - Naperville, IL

Nebraska Humane Society - Omaha, NE

North Shore Animal League America - Port Washington, NY

North Texas Cat Rescue - McKinney, TX

PAWS - Norwalk, CT

Pennsylvania SPCA - Philadelphia, PA

Pets Plus - Mays Landing, NJ

Purrfect Pals - Arlington, WA

Red Door Animal Shelter - Chicago, IL

Regional Animal Services of King County - Kent, WA

Rover Rescue - North Aurora, IL

Salem Animal Rescue League - Salem, NH

Save Our Strays - Safety Harbor, FL

Seattle Area Feline Rescue - Shoreline, WA

SOS Animal Rescue - Jeanette, PA

South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter & Cumberland Cty SPCA - Vineland, NJ

Special Bunny - Carnation, WA

Stitches for Mitchell County - Camilla, GA

Tails Humane Society - DeKalb, IL

TLC Animal Shelter - Homer Glen, IL

Tree House Humane Society - Chicago, IL

Union County Animal Shelter - Murphysborough, IL

Wadena Humane Society - Wadena, MN

Washington Cty/Johnson City Animal Shelter - Johnson City, TN

Westchester Animal Health Center - Malvern, PA

West Columbia Gorge Humane Society - Washougal, WA

Whitman County Humane Society - Pullman, WA

Will County Humane Society - Shorewood, IL

Wisconsin Humane Society - Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin Humane Society - Green Bay, WI

Wisconsin Humane Society - Saukville, WI

 For a complete list of shelters we support ... Click here!

Chase bank helps kids and pets!

Every year Chase Bank supports their employees, and the children of their employees, with a "Bring Your Child to Work" day. Part of this event is dedicated to a philanthropic endeavor, which is a great way of helping these kids learn first-hand just how fun and rewarding helping others can be!

I'm thrilled that this year, the branch in Downers Grove, Illinois choose Comfort for Critters to support! Rebecca A., of Chase, kept me posted, sent these pictures and even delivered the blankets right to my door! In total, 70 kids participated, ages 7 through 12 years old. They each made a blanket to comfort a homeless pets. Rebecca started the month of May for us, by dropping off these colorful creations. Of course they were off to four different shelters right away. A big thank you goes to Chase, Rebecca and all the volunteers pictured above, who are making a difference at such a young age!

  

 

Shelter Thank You's...

"Thank you so much for the blankets. Just want you to know how much we appreciate them! We depend on donations for our animals, and again, thank you so much." ~ Almost Home Foundation

"Thank you so much for the generous donation of the critter blankets! They are so cute and comfy! The animals will certainly appreciate them. Thank you, thank you! Wags and purrs!" ~ Arizona Humane Society

"Thank you so much. Our kitties love the blankies. It is so good and reassuring for them to bring something familiar to their new homes. Thank you!" ~  North Texas Cat Rescue

"Thank you so much for the recent donation of hand-made blankets to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society. It is only through the generosity of our community, and groups like yours, that we are able to help the more than 3,000 animals that come through our doors each year. Thank you for helping us continue our mission!" ~ Stevens-Swan Humane Society

"Thank you for your meaningful gifts of blankets for the shelter pets. We know you have choices to make as you consider donating them; we are very grateful for your confidence in our mission. On behalf of all the pets and the people who love them, thank you!" ~ Connecticut Humane Society

Pets you are helping!

Shipping Funds Always Needed...

We now have some new ways to help us ship the 1,000+ blankets we donate to shelters each and every month. Visit Amazon or Etsy to purchase one of our inexpensive "Remnants Reborn" blankets created by Linda, CFC's founder, using only remnant yarn after making shelter blankets. You'll be sponsoring a big box of 20 blankets, which will be shipped to a shelter outside of Illinois!

If you're a fiber-artist yourself, you may prefer to purchase a pair of our "Comfort Paws" earrings, also created by Linda. They're under $10 and with the proceeds we can support a local Illinois shelter with our blankets!

             

Each item comes with the above card, to explain how it's helping homeless pets, so it makes a great gift!

Check out the current selection!


Knitlandia - A delightful reading destination! *

What fun it was to read a book about something so near and dear to CFC volunteers. No, it wasn’t a book about cats and dogs, but one about knitting and knitters! Knitlandia, by Clara Parkes, was an engaging tale of one yarn enthusiast’s journey to knitting retreats, fiber mills and tucked-away stores on family vacations. It took me on a journey to distant lands which I’d love to visit, and retreats full of people I’d love to meet!

Parkes began her own online magazine, called Knitter’s Review, years ago and so immersed herself in the world of yarn. She talks about the ways it’s fabricated, coveted and used. For someone who is content with Walmart’s standard 4-ply, I had no idea it could be so complicated and beautifully exotic.

With just the right amount of humor she takes readers along to Iceland, Paris and the amazingly quirky festivals right here in the US. At times I laughed out loud (when she talks about knitting in public) and at other times I felt so inspired that I longed to read and knit at the same time (alas, I can’t!).

It’s a quick read, at just over a dozen chapters, with each one focused on a very cool locale and the yarn to match. I found that I didn’t need to be well-versed on how yarn is crafted, or have the author’s encyclopedic knowledge of the trade, to enjoy her trials and travels. You don’t even need to know how to knit . . . if you can crochet or enjoy any fiber art, you're welcome too. Simply put, if you love roaming the aisles of your craft store, mesmerized by (and reaching out to touch) all the beautiful yarn, you’ll fit right in.

She eloquently captured what I’ve seen in my many years as a fiber-artist (my new title, which I am totally embracing!). Breaking out some yarn in almost any gathering, will draw like-minded people out. And, all in all, they are the nicest people to have around. If you want a fun read that will be hard to put down, travel to Knitlandia!

* Just FYI, this is a completely independent review. I receive no compensation at all for my review, except the satisfaction that comes from sharing my love of yarn and reading!

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 one in your state). Feel free to ship your blankets directly to them, or drop them off. The shelters do not notify me when they receive blankets, so please let me know via our website form or in an email. 


  Don’t forget to leave your name and address on the blankets or materials you drop-off at CFC headquarters in Glen Ellyn, IL so that I can send a thank you note.


  Remember that we are all juggling CFC, jobs, pets and kids! We do reply to every inquiry, but it may take a day or two. Thanks for your patience!

Together we have shipped 59,197 blankets!

May Blessings...

1,807 Blankets

74 Shelters

23 States

115 Volunteers

  • We comforted a RECORD number of pets in May by donating 1,807 blankets!
  • 74 different shelters, in 23 states received our blankets, and most received a handful of toys as well.
  • These blessings were only possible because of the 115 volunteers who helped last month. Thank you!

Thank you from Red Door Shelter

"Burton thanks all the talented people at Comfort for Critters for making us a whole box of blankets!" 

~ Red Door Shelter in   Chicago, IL

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What CFC Volunteers Have to Say....

  • "I hope the blankets will provide some security to our furry friends and give them something they can call their very own. Pets that have blankets are calmer and less stressed while in a shelter. Adoption rates are higher when people see a pet with a blanket!" ~ William L. of Aurora, IL
  • "I have a dog/cat phobia, so I can't adopt a pet but would still like to help out the animal world. I think the blankets will help since they are comforting and soft for the animals!" ~ Susan G. of West Bloomfield, MI
  • "I make blankets because of my love for all animals and my hope that all who are up for adoption will find a loving home. I'm a fiber person - crochet, knit, weave. I know how soothing it is for the fibers to move through my hands as I make the blankets. I just assume that the pets awaiting adoption will feel the same comfort." ~ Mary S. of Lincoln, NE

Freedom Rides from Rescue Express!

Rescue Express, based in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, has a mission of saving pets' lives by transporting them from high-kill shelters in California, to rescue groups in the Pacific Northwest, who can find them forever homes. They began in February 2015, and have already transported 14,000 pets!

Their program, called "Freedom Rides", uses large capacity school buses which have been converted and outfitted to safely and humanely transport up to 200 pets per trip. This is all free of charge to their rescue partners.

You can learn more about them at www.RescueExpress.org and maybe find a way to help them out! A "thank you" goes to one of our super-dedicated volunteers, Wendy L., for telling me about this amazing organization.

We are now donating over 1,000 blankets regularly every month,which is awesome! It's also A LOT of blankets to filter in and out of my house every month (not to mention all the fleece and yarn donations that go in, and back out!).

With this in mind, please consider donating your blankets directly to a shelter near you. This is especially helpful if you're out of state. Often I receive a box of blankets (with $25 of postage on it!) and I need to turn around and ship it back out (for another $25!), sometimes to the same state it came from!

I can help you find a shelter near you, and will do all the work getting them signed up. If you choose a shelter from our website list, I can promise you that in-state shipping will be less costly than sending them to me!

Benefits of donating your blankets locally and directly:

  • Cheaper than shipping them to Illinois (if you're out of state)!
  • You can ask for a tax receipt and possibly write off the donation (please check with your tax professional).
  • If you personally drop them off, you get to see all those little faces saying "thank you!"
  • You'll also get to see how much the staff appreciates the blankets!

If this doesn't work for you PLEASE continue to send me your blankets, and I will happily ship them out!  Thank you!

3 South 139 Sequoia Drive

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Linda Kastiel Kozlowski, Founder  info@Comfortforcritters.org