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~ Celebrating 12 Years & 75,000+ Blankets ~

April 2019 CRITTER NEWS!

I'm so happy to announce that Spring is finally here. Well almost here, at least in the Chicago area! Along with Spring, comes Kitten Season....the most hectic time of the year for shelters! In April, we always focus 100% of our efforts on stocking up as many shelters as possible. So I'm thrilled that we already donated over 1,800 blankets in March! Knowing our creations may go to newborn kittens, is so motivating! Of course these kittens will love their blankets long into adulthood, and even get to take their blanket home when they're adopted! Thank you to everyone who makes blankets, helps with shipping, brings blankets to their nearest shelter or sends us the many "good wishes" we receive throughout the month. The hard work and encouragement is always appreciated!

So as we prepare for the start of Kitten Season (which runs Spring through mid-Summer), here's how you can help, in addition to making blankets:

  • Join our Facebook Group. I just love how we are sharing ideas, patterns, yarn-sale-alerts, etc! It's a tremendous resource and a great way to share your own pictures of the blankets you've been making. I receive hundreds of blankets at headquarters each month, so it's very hard to post pictures of them all. I wish I could! The Facebook group is the perfect place! It's also a great way to get a question answered on size, yarn type, etc. This wonderful community gives answers to new members much faster than I ever could. They are simply awesome!
  • Stock up on yarn and fleece. If you're in the area of Glen Ellyn, IL (our HQ), stop by any time for free bags of yarn. I also have some fleece available, but would need some advance notice to prepare it for you. If you're not in our area, please use some of the social media posts we've prepared on your own accounts to get some donations! 
  • Try out a new pattern. This Spring, I'm going to put more effort into creating new patterns to share. The first ones will be coming out this month, and I hope to keep it up! if you have a fun, fast and easy pattern you use for knitting, crocheting or sewing blankets, please feel free to share it with me. I'll rework it a bit into the CFC format and make it available (with credit to you!) to everyone. 
  • Sign up your local shelter. Even though there are over 200 shelters currently on our list, I'm always open to adding more. If there's a shelter near you, which you'd recommend and like to support, please email me their information. I'll contact them about our free program and hopefully sign them up! It's important that CFC contacts them directly before officially adding them, so that we can make sure they can use "yarn" blankets and that they will commit to sending the blankets home with the pets. Even if a shelter says "yes" to blankets, they sometimes don't meet these two requirements.

So that's the "game plan," at least for now! Thank you to everyone for all you've done, as we start our 13th year of helping homeless pets at the beginning of May!

Blessings from Linda!

a special thank you from red dooR animal shelter!

 

"Walden thinks all the volunteers at Comfort for Critters are tops for all the blankets they make for needy animals.The ones pictured here all look super cozy and very pretty!" 

                                    ~ Red Door Animal Shelter

Brush the Dog - help the birds!

It’s that time of year again, when the birds are busy building their nests for the babies which will soon be on the way. What an exciting time!  You can help them, and groom your pup at the same time, by providing dog fur for the birds.

Birds collect all sorts of yard trimmings, including twigs, moss, dried grass and even the “fluff” from Cottonwood trees and Lamb’s Ear ground cover. They obviously hunt down all these items like the experts they are. Dog fur is the perfect addition to their collection, since it’s super-soft, dries quickly and is a great insulator. It will help the mama bird keep the nest soft, warm and dry for her babies. However, only use fur that has not been exposed to any chemicals, including flea & tick treatments!

Two ways to offer this fur to area birds, is by filling a clean suet cage or whisk. The whisk can be hung upside down from a branch for easy access. Be sure to hang either item where birds routinely gather, so that it’s easy for them to stop by and gather their nesting material.

A couple other items may seem like a good idea, but they are not. Dryer lint and human hair should never be offered as nesting material. Dryer lint is chock-full of chemicals and human hair can easily entangle the legs or neck of the bird.

Helping area birds is yet another good reason to groom your dog, which is a wonderful way of bonding. Seeing your dog’s fur, tucked into a nest in a nearby tree or comforting some newborn chicks, will be your reward!

a special thank you from chenango spca!

                    

"These two boys were the best together. Hank and Honey Suckle, both adopted, not together but loving the day. Thank you for giving them this time to just enjoy life!"  ~ Chenango SPCA

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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? While we always encourage you to ask your veterinarian if you ever have a concern about your kitty’s health, odds are that all is well and this behavior is nothing to worry about.

Most veterinarians agree that eating grass will not harm your cat, and in some ways it may be beneficial. However, if they eat even a bit too much, it’s likely to “come back up” since cats lack the necessary enzyme to digest vegetable matter, including grass, in large amounts. However, the process of throwing up, just may be the point to this weird behavior.

By eating the grass and then throwing it back up, they are also cleansing their system of other items, such as fur (indoor cats), parasites (indoor or outdoor cats), or feathers and bones (outdoor cats). These are all indigestible content, so when you cat rids itself of any of these, they are sure to feel much better!

Some experts theorize that because the juices contained in grass hold a fair amount of folic acid, an essential vitamin for cats, they may be chewing grass to gain this nutrient. Once that’s absorbed, there’s no need to hold onto the indigestible parts of the grass. Another theory says that the grass is eaten by cats who already have a bit of a stomach ache. By eating and regurgitating, they are relieving their symptoms, and in the end, making themselves feel much better.

A few warnings however, are in order. If you live with an indoor cat, always make sure all your indoor plants are non-toxic. You may even consider purchasing some “indoor grass”, grown in small containers, specifically designed for cats to chew.

If you allow your cat to go outside, also make sure all your garden plants are non-toxic. You should also never use pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals on the grass or plants in your yard, if there’s even a chance your kitty will be chewing on them. If they wander outside your yard (never recommended) you are opening them up to whatever chemicals exist in your neighbor’s yard too!

However you allow them to experience the world, just be sure to keep their world as safe as possible. Of course, when in doubt, check it out! Always ask your veterinarian for the most expert guidance on the kitty in your care!

Shelters Who Received Our Blankets in March

ADOPT - Naperville, IL

A Forever Home - Tavares, FL

Almost Home - Elk Grove Village, IL

Animal Care League - Oak Park, IL

Animal Care Sanctuary - East Smithfield, PA

Animal Care Services - San Antonio, TX

Animal Protective League - Springfield, IL

A Place for Grace Kitty Rescue - St. Albans, VT

ARF - Lisle, IL

Arizona Humane Society - Phoenix, AZ

Ashland Animal Rescue Fund - Ashland, KY

Aurora Animal Control Shelter - Aurora, IL

Baltimore Humane Society - Reisterstown, MD

Blessed Bonds - Palos Park, IL

Boone Area Humane Society - Boone, IA

Boonville Animal Shelter - Boonville, MO

Buddy Foundation - Arlington Heights, IL

Cat Guardians - Lombard, IL

Catnap from the Heart - LaGrange Park, IL

Cat Vando - Maywood, IL

Chenango SPCA - Norwich, NY

Colonial Capital Humane Society - New Bern, NC

Connecticut Humane Society - Newington, CT

Critical Care for Animal Angels - Byron, GA

C&W Rustic Hollow Shelter - Nashua, IA

Dane County Humane Society - Madison, WI

Dharma Rescue - Torrance, CA

DuPage County Animal Shelter - Wheaton, IL

Emerald City Pet Rescue - Seattle, WA

Feline Friends - Olympia, WA

Fox Valley Animal Welfare League - North Aurora, IL

Frankie's Friends Cat Rescue - New Kensington, PA

Fresh Start Animal Rescue - Belvidere, IL

Fur Angels - Aurora, IL

Fur Kids - Atlanta, GA

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies - Arvada, CO

Greater Chicago Ferret Association - Lyons, IL

Headwaters Animal Shelter - Park Rapids, MN

Hinsdale Humane Society - Hinsdale, IL

Humane Society of Manatee County - Bradenton, FL

Humane Society of Marathon County - Wausau, WI

Humane Society of Polk County - Crookston, MN

Kane County Animal Control Shelter - Geneva, IL

Kendall County Animal Shelter - Yorkville, IL

Kenosha Forgotten Friends - Kenosha, WI

Kindred Kitties - Kenosha, WI

Last Hope - Farmington, MN

Lost Dog & Cat Foundation - Arlington, VA

Lowell Humane Society - Lowell, MA

Montgomery County SPCA - Conshohocken, PA

Naperville Area Humane Society - Naperville, IL

North Shore Animal League American - Port Washington, NY

PAWS - Norwalk, CT

Pet Tails Rescue - Northwood, NH

Pulaski County Humane Society - Somerset, KY

Rover Rescue - North Aurora, IL

Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center - Aransas Pass, TX

SPCA of Brevard - Titusville, FL 

SPCA of Southwest Michigan - Kalamazoo, MI

Stevens-Swan Humane Society - Utica, NY

Stray Rescue of St. Louis - St. Louis, MO

Tails Humane Society - DeKalb, IL

The Sanctuary at Haafsville - Fogelsville, PA

TLC Animal Shelter - Homer Glen, IL

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter - Gwinn, MI

Virginia Beach SPCA - Virginia Beach, VA

Wadena County Humane Society - Wadena, MN

Wags to Whiskers - Kingwood, TX

West Columbia Gorge Humane Society - Washougal, WA

Western Hills Humane Society - Spearfish, SD

Whitman County Humane Society - Pullman, WA

Will County Humane Society - Shorewood, IL

Wisconsin Humane Society / Racine Campus - Racine, WI

Wisconsin Humane Society / Ozaukee Campus - Saukville, WI

Wise County Animal Shelter - Decatur, TX

Wright-Way Rescue - Morton Grove, IL

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

Pets you are helping!

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Shelter Thank You's...

"We would like to thank you for your recent donation of handmade blankets. These work perfectly in our cat kennels in our sanctuary and for the carriers for vet trips. You are awesome to provide this service to shelters! Again, thank you for your donation!" ~ Stitches for Mitchell County  

"Thank you so much for the box of wonderful blankets for our shelter. We so appreciate you!!!" ~ Wabash County Animal Shelter

"We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your generosity. Your donation of animal blankets is not only very thoughtful, but is also very helpful for the animals! Much like you, all the staff members here are animal lovers too. Because of your kindness, we are able to provide necesities, but also show every animal a little bit of extra love and care! On behalf of everyone here at the SPCA, thank you!" ~ Montgomery County SPCA

"Thank you for your recent donation of blankets. It is only through the generosity of our community that we are able to shelter more than 2,000 animals that come through our doors each year. Thank you for helping us continue our mission." ~ Stevens-Swan Humane Society

"Thank you so much for the beautiful blankets! They are being used and given out with each cat adoption. Thank you for thinking of us!" ~ Wisconsin Humane Society - Door County Campus

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

altWe are now donating well 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 shelter 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!

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!

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Together we have donated 74,820 blankets!

march Blessings...

1,817 Blankets

76 Shelters

24 States

152 Volunteers

  • We comforted over a thousand pets in March by donating 1,817 blankets!
  • 76 different shelters, in 24 states, received our blankets and most received a handful of toys as well.
  • These blessings were only possible because of the 152 volunteers who helped last month. Thank you!

keep us going & shipping!

We rely on the generosity of animal lovers to help us ship 1,000 - 2,000 free blankets to animal shelters each month! All our merchandise is personally made (blankets & earrings) or designed (t-shirts) by Linda, CFC's founder.  All funds raised keep us going and keep us shipping blankets. Thank you for helping!       

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What our Volunteers Have to Say....

altThank you for continuing to leave kind and thoughtful comments on our website. If you haven't done so yet, be sure to tell us why YOU work to help homeless pets!

  • "This batch is being sent in memory of our rescue cat, Smudge, who passed away at the age of 16, due to kidney failure. The blankets have a two -fold purpose this time. They are therapeutic for me and comforting for the special, soon-to-be-adopted, critters. This is such a worthy cause. I can't help them all, but I can show some love to a handful at a time." ~ Cindy B in Dixon, IL
  • "I have a green house on my front porch where I sit and crochet my pet blankets. I have four feral cats, plus one cat that once had an owner that is no longer living. So I am taking care of five cats. They, and I, like the heated green house in the wintertime. They know there is food, water and a warm place to stay warm in the winter and a nice place to take a nap in the summer. I believe the blankets do give them a sense of security because my one cat sleeps the day or night away on her blanket. She knows I am watching over her while she sleeps. I like being able to help the animals." ~ Paula R. in Arcola, IL  
  • "I make blankets for Project Linus and was happy to find a use for small pieces of fleece. I feel a soft blanket to cuddle with, can be comforting to a dog or cat while dealing with a transition in their life." ~ Diane Z. in Chicago, IL
  • "This is a simple way to mix my love of crocheting with my love of animals. I am hoping the blankets will make them comfy and cozy. I'm so glad I came across your website!"  ~ Valerie W. in New Lenox, IL
  • "I enjoy crocheting, knitting and sewing, and helping pets who are currently waiting in shelters for a 'forever' home. I hope the blankets bring comfort to those who receive them!" ~ Janie H. in RI
  • "I love all animals. I am too old now to take care of them at home and I feel good by making them comfortable until they get a forever home. CFC does a wonderful job helping the animals. Thank you!" ~ Nancy T. in RI
  • "I love to think that some animal with no one to call its own has a piece of my heart to snuggle with! I think it helps to ease anxiety and stress for an animal to have its own belonging that provides warmth and softness. I took a picture when one of my blankets was handed out to an older cat (at the shelter). It was such a great feeling!" ~ Jennifer T. in Acton, ME

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