march CRITTER NEWS!
Happy (almost) Spring everyone! I'm thankful it's almost here, though I can't complain about the mild winter the Chicago area has experienced this year. It makes it so much easier to stack the boxes of blankets outside in the morning for my mail carrier to pick up, when I don't have to somehow protect them from the winter weather! We shipped over 700 blankets in February, which is usually one of the more challenging months for shipments!
There's lots of great stuff in this issue, so I do hope you'll enjoy it. If you read nothing else, be sure to check out "A Special Thank You from a New Mom" article (below), and the first in the list of "Shelter Thank You's". I personally hear these comments all the time, but I don't often get them in writing! I want each and every contributor to see first hand how all your support is helping pets and warming the hearts of new pet-parents!
There's also a new idea on how to make really thick blankets and a way to avoid the dreaded "weaving in the ends" during color changes. You might also like the article on why your kitty likes to eat grass!
I continued this past month to reach out to the press to spread the word on our mission. I was thrilled to see that "Tails" pet magazine, as well as "Paw Prints" magazine, both covered us this month! I've also been in contact with West Suburban Living (Chicago-area publication) who will have an article on us in March. These publications cover us free of charge, and we are very grateful!
You can help spread the word too, by "Liking Us" on Facebook and sharing our posts. Thank you for whatever you do to help CFC, animal shelters or pets. We appreciate it all!
A special thank you from a new mom!
"I recently adopted an 8 year old Chihuahua named 'Diesel' from A Forever Home Animal Rescue in Tavares, Florida. On my 'gotcha day', Diesel was sent home with a super cuddly fleece blanket from your organization. He is inseparable from his blankie and I wanted to let you know how much it is appreciated.
I have a special place in my heart for those who give of themselves and use their talents to help animals. So thank you for all that you and your volunteers do to help animals in their transition to their forever homes."
Shelters Supported in february
- Aardvark Animal Rescue - Downington, PA
- ADOPT - Naperville, IL
- A Forever Home - Orlando, FL
- Alton Area Animal Aid Association - Godfrey, IL
- Anchorage Animal Care - Anchorage, AK
- Animal Care Services - San Antonio, TX
- Animal Protective Association of Missouri - St. Louis, MO
- ARF-IL - Lisle, IL
- Ashland Animal Rescue Fund - Ashland, KY
- Aurora Animal Control Shelter - Aurora, IL
- Bay Area Humane Society - Green Bay, WI
- Blessed Bonds - Palos Park, IL
- Catnap from the Heart - LaGrange Park, IL
- Coastal Humane Society - Brunswick, ME
- Connecticut Humane Society - Newington, CT
- Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter - Chambersburg, PA
- Dane County Humane Society - Madison, WI
- Fox Valley Animal Welfare League - North Aurora, IL
- Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit - Dearborn, MI
- Friends of Felines - Stamford, CT
- Front Street Animal Shelter - Sacramento, CA
- Fur Angels - Aurora, IL
- Humane Haven - Bolingbrook, IL
- Little Shelter - Huntington, NY
- Lowell Humane Society - Lowell, MA
- Mary's Kitty Korner - Granby, CT
- North Shore Animal League America - Port Washington, NY
- Ohio County Animal Shelter - Triadelphia, WV
- PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society) - Norwalk, CT
- Pulaski County Humane Society - Somerset, KY
- Rover Rescue - North Aurora, IL
- Upper Valley Humane Society - Enfield, NH
- West Suburban Humane Society - Downers Grove, IL
For a complete list of shelters we support - click here!
Shelter "thank you's" . . .
- "Thank you for all that you do for animals in need. You and your team are truly wonderful. Cats and dogs like to be cozy and warm and it is important for them to have something of their own as they await adoption and when they go to their new homes. Your blankets also help us market the cats who are up for adoption, as they look so adorable on their cat-sized, colorful magic carpets. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity!" ~ Town Cats in Morgan Hill, CA
- "Thank you for all the blankets you and your crafters sent us. We appreciate them and so will the animals! These gifts enable the shelter to continue meeting the special needs of the animals." ~ New Hanover Humane Society in Wilmington, NC
- "I wanted to send a thank you for your wonderful blankets for our fur-babies! We will be sure to take pictures and upload them to our Facebook group. Thank you for thinking of us. The animals greatly appreciate it!" ~ AnimalHaven in Pullman, WA
- "Thank you so much for your recent donation of handmade items to provide comfort to our shelter animals in the Roanoke Valley SPCA. We rely on the generosity of individuals to continue our work in the community and to provide a safe and loving shelter for homeless animals. Thank you for your support of and belief in our work. It is so important and I am incredibly grateful!" ~ Roanoke Valley SPCA in Roanoke, VA
- "I came into work on this dark, cold Monday morning in Alaska and was greeted by a box of beautifully knit blankets for our shelter animals. That brightened my day right away! Thank you for your generosity!" ~ Anchorage Animal Care & Control in Anchorage, AK
Double Blanket idea!
Here's a great idea, if you're interested in making your blankets extra thick and comfy. It comes from Carol & Amy S. of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. They create two blankets of equal size (and coordinating colors) and then stitch them together along the perimeter.
This "double blanket" is really quite thick and with the layer of air in between, it just seems warmer and comfier!
A similar idea comes from Michael A. of Boston, MA. He uses two strands of 4-ply yarn to create a thick blanket measuring approximately 20" x 40". He then folds it over and stitches the remaining sides closed. This makes a quadruple-thick blanket ... almost a mattress for a kitty! Sometimes he will leave one side open, creating a hiding place for a nervous kitty, who may be new to a shelter.
CFC volunteers never cease to amaze me in their creativity! Thank you Michael, Carol & Amy for such caring, and for sharing your great ideas!
What CFC Volunteers Have to Say....
The following are your fellow volunteers, saying why they decided to volunteer for CFC. What an outstanding team we have assembled. I hope you find CFC to be blessing in your life!
- "I think animals deserve to be comfortable while waiting for their forever home and family. I believe the blankets will help with the transition from the crazy shelter to a new home, smells and sounds. What CFC does is amazing!" ~ Elena K. of Appleton, WI
- "I care a lot about animals and I wanted to help by giving them something to help them feel comfortable. Since I can't adopt all of the homeless animals, this is an effective and efficient way to help. I think the blankets will help ease the anxiety and nervousness of shelter animals, when they are at the shelter, and it will provide them a comfort item to help them adjust to their foster and forever homes." ~ Anushka N. of Wildwood, MO
- "I'm relearning how to knit just for this cause. A beautiful idea! I think the blankets will help since the cats will love the texture and scent. They can move on with something familiar! I'm finding CFC to be fun and gratifying!" ~ Janice B. of Falmouth, ME
- "I make blankets because I can't tuck the little beasties under my own blanket! The blankets keep them warm, and insulates them against metal bars and concrete floors." ~ Michael A. of Boston, MA
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 in their name! This card is included with their gift blanket:
A beautiful blanket PLUS sponsoring a shipment, equals a meaningful gift for any pet lover!
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 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!
- We comforted hundreds of homeless pets in February, by donating 729 blankets during the month.
- 33 different shelters, in 16 states, received our blankets, and most received a handful of toys as well.
- These blessings were only possible, due to the 40 volunteers who helped last month. Thank you!
Comfort for Critters was created to help animal shelter pets, and clearly this remains our overriding mission. As a goal, it doesn’t get much simpler, and hasn’t changed a bit since the first blanket was stitched in 2007. We endeavor to comfort all the pets we can’t adopt (but would like to!).
However, it’s become clear that God had more blessings in mind ...
Is It Okay for Cats to Eat Grass?
Anyone who has a feline companion has probably noticed them munching on grass, and has dreaded the inevitable regurgitation. Not fun for anyone! Have you ever wondered if this is normal behavior or if something is not quite right????
Easy color changes, with the Russian join!
Try an easy way to join one color of yarn to the next, creating a nearly invisible blend of the two! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be switching colors, in your CFC blankets, on every row!