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Comfort for Critters

Celebrating 14 years in business & 117,000+ FREE pet blankets donated to animal shelters!

since 2007 we have donated 116,279  blankets!

march blanket donations

2,085 Blankets

90 Shelters

32 States

  • We helped thousands of pets in March by donating a total of 2,085 blankets!
  • 90 different shelters, in 32 states received our blankets. Most received a handful of toys, and a thank you note to their staff, as well!
  • These blessings were only possible, due to the many volunteers and supporters who helped. Thank you!

Thank you from Chicagoland Animal Rescue

"Recently we received an amazingly generous donation of cat beds from the super crafters at Comfort for Critters. We are so grateful for their donation.

Check out Sushi appreciating his new coordinating bed, and some of the beautiful colors and patterns we were gifted. We will make sure to send our CFC donated blankets home with them as they are adopted, too."

~ Chicagoland Animal Rescue, Lombard, IL ~

spread the word & join the fun!

If you'd like to keep up to date on our mission, follow us on Facebook! We also have a Facebook Group, "The Comfort for Critters Team", where we share what we're working on, pet and craft humor, and tip & tricks for making beautiful blankets. It's a private group that stays 100% positive, 100% of the time! Please consider joining us!

Shelter "thank you's" for you!

"I want to let you know how much we appreciate the blankets for our cats. When we get new kittens in, I pile the cages with blanket to match the number of kittens in the cage. When we adopt them out, they have the blanket to accompany them on their life." ~ CatVando TNR in Maywood, IL

"Thank you so much for your donation. So many dogs and cats are happily snuggling under your lovely blankets!" ~ Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation in Falls Church, VA

"Thank you so much for the blankets made by your wonderful volunteers. The cats and kittens from our hoarding situation greatly appreciated them!!!" ~ Frankie's Friends in New Kensington, PA 

"Thank you for the lovely blankets, toys, and colored pictures. We are always in need of them! Best wishes to you and your volunteers." ~ Humane Society of Delaware County in Delaware, OH

Fleece for all!!!

It's a rare occurrence at CFC "headquarters" that I have a lot of fleece, but right now I do! The shelters absolutely love fleece blankets since they can give them to all their pets. So if you're in the area of Glen Ellyn, IL, feel free to stop by for some free fleece (please email me first).

I thought it'd be the perfect time to share the patterns we have for tied-fleece, and my favorite, no-tie fleece blankets! Try out this new way of making blankets, and you may become hooked!

Tied-Fleece Pet Blanket Pattern

No-Tie Fleece Pet Blanket Pattern

A big "THANK YOU" goes to all our wonderful supporters who have been sending me fleece. Every bit will be put to good use, comfort homeless pets!

April 2021 ~ Critter News

Happy spring!

As I write this, I feel so happy that Spring has finally arrived! After the past year, I'm especially grateful for each crocus that pops up, each long walk with my dogs, and each and every member of the growing CFC team!

I continue to work on our website list of supported shelters, so please keep checking to see if there's a new one near you. I'd like to specifically ask volunteers in and around the Chicago area to check the list for new shelters. Rather than dropping off your creations at my home (I'm getting a bit overloaded, as happens every Spring), there may be a new shelter right near where you live, work or travel. It'll be more convenient for you and save us on shipping!

Since Kitten Season is fast approaching, I can tell you that virtually every shelter is in need of blankets. Please feel free to email me and I'll provide all their contact info, instructions on dropping off blankets, or whatever other information you made need. Thank you!

For volunteers outside of our home base in Glen Ellyn, IL, please don't forget to tell me if you're donating blankets to a shelter on our list. It's important for us to know who's receiving our blankets, so that I know what to ship from IL and how to guide other volunteers. There's a form on this website you can use, or just send me a quick email. I'd also like the chance to say "thank you!"

I'm back to working on the next e-book "Crochet for YOUR Comfort" and sifting through hundreds of comments about how making blankets has helped volunteers during the pandemic. Once again, I'm humbled to be a part of CFC and to serve on such a selfless team. Thank you all for making CFC possible! 

​With gratitude for you,

Linda

Your Beautiful Creations!

Shelters we supported in march

 

All About the Cats RescueLake WorthFL
Animal Care ServicesSan AntonioTX
Animal Friends of the ValleyWildomarCA
Animal Friends of WestmorelandYoungwoodPA
Animal House ShelterHuntleyIL
Assisi Animal FoundationCrystal LakeIL
Baltimore Humane SocietyReisterstownMD
BARC Humane SocietyValdostaGA
Berkeley County Humane SocietyMartinsburgWV
Boone Area Humane SocietyBooneIA
Bowling Green/Warren Cty Humane SocietyBowling GreenKY
Buddy FoundationArlington HeightsIL
C & W Rustic Hollow ShelterNashuaIA
Capital Area Humane SocietyLansingMI
Caring for CatsNorth St. PaulMN
Cat Welfare AdvocatesSan JoseCA
Catman2CullowheeNC
Catnap from the HeartLaGrange ParkIL
CatVandoMaywoodIL
Cedar Bend Humane SocietyWaterlooIA
Chicagoland Animal RescueLombardIL
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Cumberland Valley Animal ShelterChambersburgPA
Danville-Boyle County Humane SocietyDanvilleKY
Dog Patch Pet & FeedNapervilleIL
EARS/Englewood Animal Rescue SanctuaryEnglewoodFL
Feline Finish Line RescueBethlehemPA
Forever Love RescueGettysburgPA
Fox Valley Animal Welfare LeagueNorth AuroraIL
Friends of Animals of Metro DetroitDearbornMI
Front Street Animal ShelterSacramentoCA
Furry Friends Animal RescueFriscoTX
Gatos and Beans Cat CaféOdenvilleAL
Golden Retriever Rescue of the RockiesArvadaCO 
Greenville County Animal CareGreenvilleSC
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
House Rabbit Society of ChicagoWheatonIL
Humane Rescue AllianceWashingtonDC
Humane Society of Port Jervis & DeerparkPort JervisNY
Humane Society of Southwestern MichiganSt. JosephMI
Idaho Humane SocietyBoiseID
Just AnimalsMazonIL
Kane County Animal ShelterGenevaIL
Kendall County Animal ShelterYorkvilleIL
Kent Animal ShelterCalvertonNY
LaPorte County Animal ShelterLaPorteIN
Lawrence County Humane Society New CastlePA
Love Your Feral FelinesTemeculaCA
Lucky Kitten Cat RescueNewport NewsVA
Monroe County Animal ShelterMadisonvilleTN
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
Nebraska Humane SocietyOmahaNE
North Shore Animal League AmericaPort WashingtonNY
North Texas Cat RescueMcKinneyTX
Ohio County Animal ShelterTriadelphiaWV
Olive Branch Animal ShelterOlive BranchMS
Osceola County Animal ServicesSaint CloudFL
PAWS - People's Animal Welfare SocietyTinley ParkIL
PAWS - Pet Animal Welfare SocietyNorwalkCT
Paws 4 LifeBoltonCT
Paws and Whiskers Cat ShelterToledoOH
PAWS ChicagoChicagoIL
Paws for LifePuebloCO
PAWS of Grays HarborAberdeenWA
Pet Tails RescueNorthwoodNH
Purrfect Cat RescueCrystal LakeIL
Quincy Humane SocietyQuincyIL
Red Door Animal ShelterChicagoIL
Rhode Island SPCAEast ProvidenceRI
Routt County Humane SocietySteamboat SpringsCO
Rover RescueNorth AuroraIL
(The) Sanctuary at HaafsvilleBreinigsvillePA
Santa Paula Animal Rescue CenterSanta PaulaCA
Satchel's Last ResortSarasotaFL
Save Cats & Obliterate OverpopulationCincinnatiOH
St. Johns County Pet CenterSt. AugustineFL
Standish Humane SocietyDuxburyMA
Starfish Animal RescueBataviaIL
Stray Rescue of St. LouisSt. LouisMO
Suzie's Cat RefugeColumbia HeightsMN
Tiny N Tall RescueSt. CharlesIL
Tree House Humane SocietyChicagoIL
Underdog Pet RescueMadisonWI
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
Wadena County Humane SocietyWadenaMN
Wags 2 Wishes Animal RescuePlainfieldIL
West Suburban Humane SocietyDowners GroveIL
Wise County Animal ShelterDecaturTX
Worcester Animal Rescue LeagueWorcesterMA
Wright-Way RescueMorton GroveIL

Pets you are helping!

Why we help shelter pets....

I hope you enjoy reading about why other volunteers are making blankets and comforting pets. A big thank you goes to everyone who helps make CFC happen! 

  • "I want to improve my knitting and crocheting skills. What better way to do that and help homeless animals too! My furbaby loves the blankets I've knitted for her. I'm hoping some dog or cat will feel that sense of comfort with a blanket of their own."  ~ Margo K. of Chelmsford, MA 
  • "I love to knit and love animals. A perfect pairing! Hopefully the blanket just might catch someone's eye and get them to give a sweet animal a second look and a second chance!" ~ Martha T. of Greenville, SC

  • "I make blankets because I can't personally wrap them up in my arms to make them feel secure and loved. I think the blankets will help with warmth and cushioning between body and cold metal bars of their crates!"              ~ Michael A. of Boston, MA

  • "Whenever I go to Petsmart on a Saturday morning and see all the dogs and cats who need a home, it's like I want to help even more than with blankets! Every time they thank me for doing this. So I keep making the blankets as much as I can. I hope they will give them warmth and a little security till they find a home." ~ Nancy O. of Bloomingdale, IL 

  • "I am unable to volunteer directly at a shelter, and I'm hoping that I can still be of help in this way. I think the blankets help, because having something that you can call your own means so much to all of us....a familiar color, smell, feel, or even shape can make a world of difference. The dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens can have that feeling of ownership, and also that they will never really be alone as long as they have their blanket with them!" ~ Nancy N. of Chicago, IL

handmade pet blankets & ebooks so you can make your own!

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Please support our mission to help homeless pets with a purchase of our "Crochet for Critters" ebook (crochet patterns) or a handmade blanket for your own pet!

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Thank you from animal welfare league

"On behalf of the Animal Welfare League, we would like to send a heartfelt thank you for the beautiful handmade blankets and cat toys, sprinkled with catnip. Our animals truly enjoy using them.

Your kind act of charity has provided comfort to our homeless animals. Thank you for what you do."

~ Animal Welfare League, Chicago Ridge, IL ~

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating well over 1,000 blankets every single month, which is awesome! It's also A LOT of blankets to filter in and out of my house every month.

With this in mind, we're asking all out-of-state volunteers to please donate your blankets directly to a shelter right in your own state!

I can help you find a shelter near you, and will do all the work getting them signed up. Or 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. I do ask though that you let me know....so that I can update my records!

Benefits of donating your blankets locally:

  • Cheaper than shipping them to Illinois!
  • You can ask for a tax receipt and possibly write off the donation (please check with your tax professional).​​
  • You'll also get to hear how much the shelter appreciates your blankets. Thank you!!!

Homeless pets on cfc blankets!

some friendly reminders...

Once You Make Blankets...

  • Local volunteers are welcome to drop off their blankets to a shelter near them or to CFC's headquarters in Glen Ellyn, IL. Please leave your name and email on whatever you drop off.
  • If you're outside of our area, please check our "Animal Shelters We Support" page to find a shelter in your state. Then ship your blankets directly to the shelter or drop them off outside of their front door. PLEASE let me know how many you donated via email or by using our website form. If you'd like help, signing up a local shelter, please email me! 

Please be patient:

  • Keep in mind that CFC is a small organization, with exactly one staff member! I do reply to every email, but it may take me a few days. Thanks!


3s139 Sequoia Drive

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Linda Kastiel Kozlowski

Founder & Owner

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 and   shelter worker.

    

TNR - Making a difference to community cats

Spring is the perfect time to discuss TNR and to explain just how important this program is to cats in our communities. TNR stands for "trap - neuter - return", and often adds an "M" for monitor. That's an important addition to the program, as we'll see!

First, the depressing (sorry!) statistics. The number of community cats in the US is estimated to be in the tens of millions. Unfortunately it's these same cats, when they end up in animal shelters, who make up the large percentage of cats who are euthanized. It's estimated that almost have of the kittens born to community cats will die from disease, exposure and other dangers, long before their first birthday. For all community cats, the average lifespan is a short two years....that is unless they are in a managed colony, with a dedicated caretaker. In this scenario, lifespan expands to a full 10 years.

A "community cat" is simply an "unowned", free-roaming cat. They may be friendly or feral, but virtually all adult community cats are viewed as "not adoptable", so they are not taken in by animal shelters. They are typically frightened by people, quite shy and would not easily (or happily) transition to living their lives indoors. In my opinion, the only proven humane and effective way to manage these kitties is in community cat colonies.

TNR humanely traps these community cats, has them spayed or neutered and vaccinated, and then safely returns them to their group to live out their lives. Cats who have been through TNR, often have their left ear surgically trimmed (called "Ear-tipping"), as a way to identify that they are part of the managed colony. The best scenario includes a colony caretaker who provides food, adequate shelter and keeps an eye on their health. 

Many of the shelters we support, include a TNR program. The Anderson County Animal Rescue Foundation, a shelter we support in Tennessee, added TNR to their programs just last year. They launched their TNR Low Income Senior Citizen Initiative, in partnership with Shelter Animals Rescue Group (SARG). They work with area senior citizens, which are often feeding feral cats, encouraging them to volunteer as colony caretakers with the support of the shelter and SARG. This also enables them to rescue any newly born kittens, which still can be socialized, and incorporate them into the animal shelter system. I'm sure that these lovely seniors, who care for the community cats, thoroughly enjoy the process as well. As a way of thanking these wonderful volunteers, the Anderson County shelter put together gift baskets of items to help the caretakers in their important roles. Our blankets were included in these baskets, so that the community cats can feel a bit of comfort in the outside sheltering systems that have been constructed for them. The blankets are likely also used when kitties need to visit the veterinarian, and I hope they feel the love that we stitch into every one of our creations!

If you're interested in learning more about this subject, feel free to reach out to your local shelter. They may have a program already started, or may be open to starting one with you as the colony caretaker!