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~ Celebrating 12 Years & 95,000+ FREE Pet Blankets ~

since 2007 we have donated 95,674  blankets!

march blanket donations

1,356 Blankets

61 Shelters

21 States

  • We helped so many pets in March by donating a total of 1,356 blankets!
  • 61 different shelters, in 21 states & Canada, received our blankets. Most received a handful of toys and a thank you note as well!
  • These blessings were only possible, due to the many volunteers and supporters who helped. Thank you!

Shelters we supported in march

  • Adair County Humane Society - Kirksville, MO
  • ADOPT - Naperville, IL
  • Almost Home Dog Rescue - Hatfield, PA
  • Anchorage Animal Care & Control - Anchorage, AK
  • Animal Care League - Oak Park, IL
  • Animal Friends Alliance - Ft. Collins, CO
  • Animal House Shelter - Huntley, IL
  • Animal Rescue Foundation - Lisle, IL
  • Animalovers - Rensselaer, NY
  • Boonville Animal Shelter - Boonville, MO
  • Bowling Green/Warren County HS - Bowling Green, KY
  • Capital Area Humane Society - Lansing, MI
  • Capital Humane Society - Lincoln, NE
  • Cat Care Society - Lakewood, CO
  • Cat Tails - Ocean Island Beach, NC
  • Cat Welfare Advocates - San Jose, CA
  • Catnap from the Heart - LaGrange Park, IL
  • Chicago Animal Care & Control - Chicago, IL
  • Colonial Capital Humane Society - New Bern, NC
  • Cumberland County Animal Shelter - Cumberland, VA
  • Dane County Humane Society - Madison, WI
  • EARS/Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary - Englewood, CA
  • East Providence Animal Shelter - E. Providence, RI
  • Fayetteville Animal Protection Society - Fayetteville, NC
  • Feline Urgent Rescue - Maggie Valley, NC
  • Frankie's Friends Cat Rescue - New Kensington, PA
  • Franklin County Humane Society - St. Albans, VT
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies - Arvanda, CO
  • Grant County Humane Society - Elbow Lake, MN
  • Happy Cats Haven - Colorado Springs, CO
  • Harmony House for Cats - Chicago, IL
  • Hawaiian Human Society - Honolulu, HI
  • Help the Animals, Inc. - Richmond, IN
  • Hinsdale Humane Society - Hinsdale, IL
  • Hopeful Tails Animal Shelter - Joliet, IL
  • House Rabbit Society of Chicago - Westchester, IL
  • Humane Society of Port Jervis & Deerpark - Port Jervis, NY
  • Kane County Animal Shelter - Geneva, IL
  • Kansas City Pet Project - Kansas City, MO
  • Kendall County Animal Shelter - Yorkville, IL
  • King Street Cats - Alexandria, VA
  • Last Hope - Farmington, MN
  • Nanaimo SPCA - Nanaimo, BC Canada
  • Naperville Area Humane Society - Naperville, IL
  • North Shore Animal League America - Port Washington, NY
  • North Texas Cat Rescue - McKinney, TX
  • Operation Kindness - Carrollton, TX
  • PAWS - Pet Animal Welfare Society - Norwalk CT
  • Paws 4 Life - Bonton, CT
  • PAWS Chicago - Chicago, IL
  • Portsmouth Humane Society - Portsmouth VA
  • Sanctuary at Haafsville - Breinigsville, PA
  • Tails Humane Society - DeKalb, IL
  • Treasured Animal Rescue - Auora, IL
  • Underdog Pet Rescue - Madison, WI
  • Valley Humane Society - Pleasanton, CA
  • Wadena County Humane Society - Wadena, MN
  • Wisconsin Humane Society/Door County Campus - Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Wisconsin Humane Society/Green Bay Campus - Green Bay, WI
  • Wisconsin Humane Society/Ozaukee Campus - Saukville, WI
  • Wise County Animal Shelter - Decatur, TX

thank you from Stay-A-While!

"I wanted to thank you guys, so much, for the cute little blankets you sent us. The cats just love them! Thank you for thinking of our cats, and for having their comfort in mind.

I'm attaching a photo of 'Friday' (shown above) one of our office cats, laying on a blanket we received from you. She is arthritic, and the soft blanket makes her feel so much better. Keep up the great work! A big thank you from all the humans and felines at Stay-A-While cat shelter!"

~ Stay-A-While Cat Shelter in North Royalton, OH  

to all our volunteers & supporters...

April 2020 ~ Critter News

stay home ~ stay well ~ stay safe

I hope as you read this you are able to be at home with your family and pets, and are feeling well. What a difference a month makes! I can’t believe how everyone’s life, the US and the world has changed. I find myself longing for so many things I’ve taken for granted. Although there’s likely a long-ish way to go, I remain convinced that we will emerge better and stronger as people and as a country. I know it’s refocused me on what’s truly important.

Of course, CFC ranks up there on my list of priorities. So I’ve been spending more time just making sure we can keep going, keep shipping and keep helping comfort homeless pets. I surveyed some of our shelters in mid-March and then sent a notice to update everyone on what I've been hearing. Of course, things have changed dramatically since then, so here's what I'm proposing we all do for the month of April:

  • Please continue to make blankets, if it helps you pass the time and keeps your mind off the news. I've heard this is the case from MANY volunteers. I'm grateful (beyond words) for that! 
  • Please stockpile them for the month, if this is the easiest for you. Kitten Season has started, so I promise you they will be needed in the future!
  • If you do want to donate them, please send them directly to a shelter. Just follow the link to your preferred shelter (from our website shelter list) and email them to see if they are accepting donations. Even though a shelter may be listed as "closed", they are still caring for pets and may be able to use the blankets. If so, please ship them or leave a bag outside their front door. 
  • For April only, please don't ship or drop off blankets to my home in Glen Ellyn, IL. I'm still receiving boxes, and have blankets from March, so I'd like to focus on getting those to shelters this month.

As I mentioned above, Kitten Season is indeed here, so I'm so grateful we were able to donate over 1,300 blankets during March. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE! I'm sure April won't match those numbers, but I suspect I'll be even more thankful for whatever we're able to donate. The CFC mission tells us that every single blanket we make, and every single single pet we help, is important. That rings true, now more than ever. 

If you'd like a resource to help you pass the time, my brand new e-book has just launched with 30 easy and fun crochet patterns. The book also covers the foundation of Comfort for Critters, resources provided to volunteers, animal sheltering in the US, and many more blessings via animal shelter pictures and volunteer quotes. I can almost guarantee that some of these pictures and quotes will make you smile. I sincerely hope this resource* will help every volunteer to stay home, stay safe and keep crocheting!

​May you search out & find blessings each day!    

Linda

* If the $10 price doesn't work with your budget right now, I get it! Please email me via the website, and I'll be happy to donate the e-book to you.

Your Beautiful Creations!

Homeless pets on cfc blankets!

Why we help shelter pets....

These comments, left on our website form from volunteers, express why they think it's important to make these blankets and to comfort homeless pets.

  • "I'm an animal lover and love to knit, so it seemed like an easy fit since I retired earlier this year. I'm hopeful the blankets will comfort a homeless animal right up to their new adoptive home! I'm so glad you have offered me a way to help animals in my retirement years! I pick up yarn at local thrift stores and yard sales for cheap, so some of my blankets are quite colorful, but I feel certain the animals don't mind that!" ~ Susan H. of Loudon, TN

  • "I got to see shelter dogs at the Anti-Cruelty Society enjoying cuddly blankets, and thought that those at Chicago Animal Care & Control might benefit the most from them. Our own rescue dog cannot get enough of our blankets and takes over all of them in our home, and I know how important being cozy is in feeling safe and loved while waiting for a forever home. Thanks for organizing such a wonderful project! I hope to make more in the future for local shelter pups!" ~ Lisa C. of Chicago, IL

  • "I am a senior in East Meadow High School and wanted to do a summer project for charity. My mom makes tie blankets and she taught me how to make blankets. I wanted to do a project for cats. I think the cats and kittens will love playing with the ties! The shelter I chose for my blankets is a big part of all adoptions on Long Island!" ~ Thomas G. of East Meadow, NY

  • "We have two cats that we adopted from a shelter 13 years ago and love them so much. We wish we could adopt every cat who needs a home, but this is my way of sending love to those who are waiting for loving homes."  ~ Sue M. of Sarasota, FL

  • "I want to help the animals, both to be comfortable and cozy right now, and to hopefully be adopted soonest, and then to have an easier transition into their new homes. Most of the kitties and dogs I know of, like to snuggle and feel protected, and I think the blankets and kitty beds we make will help with those needs. I really enjoy making these things for the animals. I get the fun of making them, and get to use up all my odds and ends of yarn, and the animals (and people who take care of them) will get the benefits!" ~ Lynn H. of Hallsville, MO 

  • "The shelter I chose to support are wonderful people doing so much good for cats in their community. I drive two hours to support them! While dropping off the blankets, a sweet kitty jumped right in the box and made herself at home. I think they are approved!" ~ Peggy B. of Manitou Springs, CO

  • "I love to crochet and this gives me a purpose. I hope the blankets will comfort the animals, no matter how big or small the blankets are. The shelter is close to where I live, and I like dropping them off personally, rather than sending them. I am thankful for this work. It's good for the recipients and good for the donors too." ~ Rhonda H. of Ankeny, IA

Pets you are helping!

ANother group helping pets!

      

On March 1st (before social distancing) an awesome group of animal lovers in New York got together to help comfort the pets at their local shelter. This event, called "Kips Bay Towers Condominium CARES", was spearheaded by Jodie and she did a wonderful job! Over fifty residents, including kids, got together for a couple hours and created 26 blankets and a big basket of cat toys. They also raised $265 for Puppy Kitty New York City, which is their local shelter and joined our program last year.

In the flyer Jodie created she asked residents, "What better thing is there to do on a cold winter day, than gather with friends and family and make blankets and toys for shelter animals?" As we all appreciate (even more today), there certainly isn't anything better! Jodie reported, after the event, "Everyone there had a good time and had fun, and it was all for a great cause! Everyone who attended was very impressed with what CFC does for animals. I'm very proud to be part of the CFC organization!"

I SO look forward to the day I can encourage everyone to get their friends and family together to help pets, or just hang out! I wanted to share this during April, as something we can all look forward to. Better days are ahead, and will be cherished all the more!

For now....thank you Jodie and the caring people of the Kips Bay Towers!

Shelter "thank you's" for you!

This first feedback was received by a shelter, from a happy adopter...

"I would like to ask that a 'thank you' be passed on to the wonderful lady who crocheted the little blanket that was sent home with him. Atticus loves it, sleeps on it every night and when I have to remove it to wash it, he is unsettled until it's back in its place with him on it. The efforts have not gone unappreciated!" ~ Valley Humane Society - Pleasanton, CA

​​And more shelter thanks...

"Thank you so much for thinking of us! We love getting these blankets and are more than happy to accept more! Thank you for supporting the homeless pets in need!" ~ Dumb Friends League - Denver, CO

"The kitties LOVE your blankets and toys!!! Thanks to your donations, we were able to give every adoptable cat a bed yesterday and it made them so much cozier and calmer. Thank you so much for taking care of them!"  ~ Chicago Animal Care & Control - Chicago, IL

"Thank you for the wonderful handmade blankets. We rescue and place about 650 dogs and puppies each year. Saving this many animals would not be possible without your help. Paws & Licks!" ~ Rover Rescue - Aurora, IL 

"This is a long overdue thank you for the lovely bag of blankets. The cats and volunteers really enjoyed the variety, some fleece, some crocheted, some quilted." ~ ARF - Lisle, IL

"Thank you so much for the handmade blankets! All of us at Animal Care League appreciate them, and the animals love them!" ~ Animal Care League - Oak Park, IL

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"The Granny" is the ultimate in crochet!

The Granny Square is the first pattern I learned as a girl of 10 years old. It’s remained one of my favorites for that very reason. For me, it’s a “must” for anyone who really wants to embrace the “crochet life”. As I’ve explored other patterns, I’ve found this wonderful stitch can be used in a variety of ways.

I’ve pulled together, and crafted blankets, in three distinct “Granny” patterns. I honestly LOVED creating all three. I hope you will too. These blankets are just perfect for us, since they can be made with small amounts of leftover yarn.  By using lots of different yarn, the blankets come out very colorful, which is perfect for animal shelters. Please don’t be concerned about the “holes” created by this stitch, since the shelter will know which pets these blankets are appropriate for. Each creation will be loved by a pet and their family.

I hope a return to this stitch brings back fond memories for you, and that you enjoy making these colorful creations!

Click here to download all 3 patterns!

Don't forget.....

Please be sure to check the website list of shelters, each time you donate blankets. I add shelters every week, delete shelters (once in a while) and update the contact information constantly. Thank you!

Free Boxes!

I wanted to pass along a tip, for those of you who are mailing your blankets to a shelter in your state, now or when we get back to "normal".

The Post Office has free boxes available, which you can order online. You'll need to create an account with the Post Office, and then ship your blankets Priority Mail, but if you do the boxes are free.

The largest I have found is 12"x12"x8". It's a bit too small for what I ship (25-35 blankets at a time), but it may work for you. Please check them out at www.USPS.com!

kitting patterns needed!!!

With the launch of my recent e-book of crochet patterns ("Crochet for Critters"), I received many requests for a similar book of knitting patterns. Unfortunately, I'm not a strong enough knitter to develop a variety of patterns....but maybe you are?

If you have a great pattern you use to knit blankets for homeless pets, please consider sharing it with me. I would need to receive it electronically (Word file or in the text of an email), as well as a picture of the finished piece. You'd receive full credit for the pattern, a copy of the resulting e-book and be given an opportunity to send a message to your fellow volunteers within the pages of the book. If you'd like to send a pattern, please email it to Info@ComfortForCritters.org.

Thanks for whatever you can do to help launch a "Knitters for Critters" e-book!

spread the word to help shelters!

In this new era of social distancing, there's still a great way you can support your local shelter. Help them right from your phone, using Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! 

The ASPCA conducted a survey of shelters in 2018, and it revealed the tremendously positive impact these communication tools have on the animal shelter and rescue community.

A full 75% of the 800 shelters they surveyed said they had increased their social media use in 2018, and 70% planned to increase their use of these tools again in 2019. Respondents said social media helps increase the general awareness of what they're doing, increases adoptions (yay!) and especially increases adoptions of harder to place animals (yay-yay!).

With this in mind, please consider "liking" your local shelter (or two) and sharing their posts, as you have time. You may also share information from their website, their URL, or even their "wish list" (which most shelters publish on their website). Especially during this tumultuous time, following a local shelter's social media will give you the information you need to know how to help and how to promote their work on your own accounts.. 

Of course, don't forget to Like and Follow CFC on social media. Now more than ever, we need your help to spread our mission to your family and friends. Thank you!

New e-book: 30 Perfect patterns to pamper pets!

We rely on the generosity of animal lovers to keep us going and keep us shipping! We donate 1,000 - 2,000 FREE blankets to animal shelters each and every month!

Support us with a purchase of our new e-book "Crochet for Critters" or purchase one of the "Remnants Reborn" blankets made by our founder for your pet!

Click here for details!


3s139 Sequoia Drive

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Linda Kastiel Kozlowski

Founder & Entire Staff!

Info@ComfortForCritters.org


Our Mission

To comfort all the animal shelter pets we can't adopt, and to be a blessing in the lives of every volunteer, supporter & shelter worker.