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~ Celebrating 10 Years & 50,000 Blankets ~

november 2017 ~ CRITTER NEWS!

October was another great month for CFC, meaning lots of homeless pets were reminded that they are NOT forgotten! We set a new record, delivering 1,215 blankets during the month!

Donating at least 1,000 blankets seems to be the monthly norm now. I remember when 1,000 blankets a YEAR was a lofty goal. Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters!

We also received some great press in October, as Voyage Chicago online magazine featured CFC in a really nice article. You can read all about us here, if you're not already familiar with our story and mission!

In a final bit of good news, I'm thrilled to announce that we've expanded into our second country! We are lucky to have a wonderful volunteer in Ontario, Anne S., who has been helping us for almost three years now. She has made over 400 gorgeous sewn-fleece blankets (you've probably seen her creations on CFC's Facebook page) and has spear-headed our efforts to find some great shelters in Ontario. We've now signed up the Orillia Animal Center and the Midland OSPCA, both in Ontario. Anne has already hand-delivered blankets to Orillia, to rave reviews by the shelter staff!

So as we continue to expand, and our blanket shipments grow every month, I'm reminded to be thankful each and every day for all the CFC helpers that truly make these achievements possible. I hope as you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, you are surrounded by all that you are thankful for too!        

                                                                                                   Happy Thanksgiving,

                                              Linda

Your Beautiful Creations!

A special thank you from ... the Animal Protective Association of Missouri

      

"Thank you so much for the box of toys and blankets. I have attached a few pictures (shown above) of our cats enjoying them. Our staff and animals appreciate all that you do! Thank you!"  ~ Animal Protective Association of Missouri

Shelters who received our blankets in october

  • ADOPT - Naperville, IL
  • A Forever Home - Tavares, FL
  • Animal Aid Inc. - Oakland Park, FL
  • Animal Care Services - San Antonio, TX
  • ARF-IL - Lisle, IL
  • Berkeley County Humane Society - Martinsburg, WV
  • Blessed Bonds - Palos Park, IL
  • Cat Care Society - Lakewood, CO
  • Cat Guardians - Lombard, IL
  • Catnap from the Heart - LaGrange Park, IL
  • CatVando - Maywood, IL
  • Chenango SPCA - Norwich, NY
  • Coastal Humane Society - Brunswick, ME
  • Collin County Animal Services - McKinney, TX
  • Columbia County Humane Society - Portage, WI
  • Connecticut Humane Society - Newington, CT
  • Emerald City Pet Rescue - Seattle, WA
  • Fayetteville Animal Protection Society - Fayetteville, NC
  • Furry Friends Animal Rescue - Frisco, TX
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies - Arvada, CO
  • Greater Chicago Ferret Association - Lyons, IL
  • Headwaters Shelter - Park Rapids, MN
  • Hinsdale Humane Society - Hinsdale, IL
  • Homeward Pet - Woodinville, WA
  • Humane Society of Utah - Murrah, UT
  • Kennebec Valley Humane Society - August, ME
  • Kindred Kitties - Kenosha, WI
  • Little Shelter Animal Rescue - Huntington, NY
  • Little Traverse Bay Humane Society - Harbor Springs, MI
  • Lulu's Locker Rescue - Chicago, IL
  • Marion County Animal Services - Ocala, FL
  • Mississippi Animal Rescue League - Jackson, MS
  • Naperville Area Humane Society - Naperville, IL
  • Nebraska Humane Society - Omaha, NE
  • New Hanover Humane Society - Wilmington, NC
  • Norfolk SPCA - Norfolk, VA
  • North Shore Animal League America - Port Washington, NY
  • North Texas Cat Rescue - McKinney, TX
  • Orillia OSPCA - Orillia, Ontario
  • Pennsville Animal Shelter - Pennsville, NJ
  • Pratville Autauga Humane Society - Prattville, AL
  • Quincy Animal Shelter - Quincy, IL
  • Quincy Humane Society - Quincy, IL
  • Red Door Animal Shelter - Chicago, IL
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA - Roanoke, VA
  • Saving Cats & Kittens in Michigan - Westland, MI
  • Seattle Area Feline Rescue - Shoreline, WA
  • St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines - Addison, IL
  • Sussex County Animal Services - Stony Creek, VA
  • Tails Humane Society - DeKalb, IL
  • True and Faithful Rescue Mission - Venice, FL
  • Wadena County Humane Society - Wadena, MN
  • Western Illinois Animal Rescue - Monmouth, IL
  • Whitman County Humane Society - Pullman, WA
  • Wisconsin Humane Society - Racine, WI
  • Wyandote County Humane Society - Upper Sandusky, OH
  • Young at Heart Pet Rescue - Lake Zurich, IL

For a complete list of shelters we support - click here!

Pets you are helping!

Shelter "thank you's" . . .

  • "Thank you for the beautiful handmade blankets for our shelter animals. We appreciate the love, time and skill put into these - and most of all, for thinking of us at HAWS! We are grateful for friends like you and everyone at Comfort for Critters. Thank you! We will put these to good use :)." ~ Humane Animal Welfare Society - Waukesha, WI
  • "Today we received a box from you. I want to say an IMMENSE thank you for the beautiful blankets. Our kitties really love snuggling up in them - and I will be giving them all their new blankets tomorrow. We really appreciate your support. Thank you again!" ~ Humane Haven - Bolingbrook, IL
  • "Thanks so much, Linda. We and the animals love your blankets! We really appreciate all that you do!" ~ Lulu's Locker Rescue - Chicago, IL
  • "Thank you so much for the beautiful handmade blankets!! We are very grateful for your generosity and your support of our mission. Without you, lives would be lost, and people and animals would miss out on one of the best relationships of their lives. Thank you on behalf of all the animals at HSWM waiting for their forever families." ~ Humane Society of West Michigan - Grand Rapids, MI       

                                   

What CFC Volunteers Have to Say....

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you get to see some of the beautiful blankets other volunteers are doing, and hear comments from your fellow volunteers and supporters. I encourage everyone to tap into us on social media! If you haven't had the time, here's some thoughts from other CFC volunteers about why they do, what they do!

  • "I have been doing this for awhile, since I like knowing that an animal has something that they can call their own when they get a forever home." ~ Paula R. of Arcola, IL
  • "We love all pets and thought this was a way to help these poor animals. We hope that the blankets will bring some comfort for all these scared animals in shelters. At the SPCA shelter, the people were so happy that we brought this pack of blankets! I will do more in the fall!" ~ Nicole K. of Wynnewood, PA
  • "My rescue cat Koko passed away recently. She really loved her crocheted blanket, so I decided to start making and donating them for other pets in her memory. I think the blankets will help by giving them comfort while they're waiting to meet their forever family."  ~ Maddie B. of Seattle, WA
  • "I care deeply about the comfort of the poor babies sitting in shelters awaiting their forever homes. I think the blankets will keep them warm and dry and snugly! I wish more people were responsible pet owners and would get their pets spayed and neutered so we had less lost little souls in the shelters!" ~ Linda C. of Virginia Beach, VA

Our amazon & Etsy Blankets Make Great Gifts!

Here's an easy way to help us ship blankets and find a great gift for the animal-lover in your life.

Purchase one of our exclusive blankets (made by Linda, CFC's founder), sold on Amazon and Etsy, and the recipient will receive a beautiful blanket and learn that a big box of blankets is being shipped to an animal shelter because of the purchase! This card is included with their gift blanket:         

A beautiful blanket PLUS sponsoring a shipment, equals a meaningful gift for any pet lover! 

Click here for more info!


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 to the shelter, or drop them off, and just let me know how many you donated.

  • 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 you 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!

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Together we have delivered 49,507 blankets!

october Blessings...

1,215 Blankets

57 Shelters

20 States

101 Volunteers

  • We comforted over a thousand homeless pets in October, by donating 1,215 blankets (a new record)!
  • 57 different shelters, in 20 states (and two countries!), received our blankets, and most received a handful of toys as well.
  • These blessings were only possible, due to the 101 volunteers and supporters who helped last month. Thank you!

Cats & Dehydration – What you should know!

Water makes up 80% of your kitty’s body and when its volume gets out of balance it can severely affect their overall health. Since cats in the wild are carnivorous in nature, most of their water intake comes from the prey they eat. For this reason, they’ve developed a low thirst drive and can become dehydrated rather quickly.  It’s important for all cat-companions to know the signs, the causes, and most of all the solutions to dehydration in cats. (Read more)

Review CFC on Facebook!

Facebook is an awesome way for us to help spread the word on our mission to comfort all those pets we can't adopt. If you like what we're doing, please take a few minutes and leave us a "review" on Facebook.

Once you're on our FB page, just find the "Reviews" category. You should see a spot where you're asked, "Tell people what you think."

We are "liked" by over 2,300 people, but we could always use more fans (who couldn't?). Thank you!

Dogs & Chocolate - No amount is safe!

Americans consume 18% of the world’s chocolate, so most households will stock at least some of this sweet. Homes with dogs however, need to be extra careful about stocking up on this favorite treat! Experts agree that there’s no “safe” amount of chocolate for a dog to consume, though the consequences vary greatly depending on how much is ingested. (Read more)

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Linda Kastiel Kozlowski  info@Comfortforcritters.org