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Comfort for Critters

~ Celebrating 12 Years & 94,000+ FREE Pet Blankets ~

since 2007 we have donated 92,304  blankets!

january blanket donations

1,703 Blankets

69 Shelters

23 States

  • We helped so many pets in January, by donating a total of 1,703 blankets!
  • 69 different shelters, in 23 states, 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 january

 
Adair County HS - Kirksville, MO 
ADOPT - Naperville, IL  
Almost Home - Bloomingdale, IL  
Animal Care League - Oak Park, IL  
Animal Care Services - San Antonio, TX  
Animal Rescue Foundation - Lisle, IL  
Assisi Animal Foundation - Crystal Lake, IL  
Aurora Animal Control Shelter - Aurora, IL  
Beaver County HS - Aliquippa, PA  
Boone County Animal Care - Columbia, MO  
Boonville AS - Boonville, MO  
Cat Rescue of Marlborough & Hudson - Hudson, MA  
Catnap from the Heart - LaGrange Park, IL  
Chenango SPCA - Norwich, NY  
Chicago Animal Care & Control - Chicago, IL   
Coastal Bend Small Breed Rescue - Corpus Christi, TX  
Connecticut HS - Newington, CT  
Dharma Rescue for Cats & Dogs - Torrance, CA  
Douglas County Animal Services - Douglasville, GA  
Emerald City Pet Rescue - Seattle, WA  
Fayetteville Animal Protection Society - Fayetteville, NC  
Frankie's Friends Cat Rescue - New Kensington, PA  
Franklin County HS - St. Albans, VT  
Fur Angels Animal Sanctuary - Aurora, IL  
Furkids - Atlanta, GA  
Furry Friends Network - Carlisle, PA  
Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies - Arvada, CO  
Good Mews Animal Foundation - Marietta, GA  
Harmony House for Cats - Chicago, IL  
Help the Animals, Inc. - Richmond, IN  
Hillside SPCA - Pottsville, PA  
Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue - Joliet, IL  
HS of Sarasota - Sarasota, FL  
Humane Haven - Bolingbrook, IL  
Humane Rescue Alliance - Washington, DC  
Just Animals Shelter - Maxon, IL  
Kansas City Pet Project - Kansas City, MO  
Kendall County AS - Yorkville, IL  
Kenosha Forgotten Friends - Kenosha, WI  
Kindred Kitties - Kenosha, WI  
Last Hope - Farmington, MN  
Missy's Haven Canine Rescue - San Antonio, TX  
Monroe County AS - Madisonville, TN  
Naperville Area HS - Naperville, IL  
New Hampshire SPCA - Stratham, NH  
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 - Bolton, CT  
PAWS Chicago - Chicago, IL  
Pennsylvania SPCA - Danville Branch - Philadelphia, PA  
Pet Tails Rescue - Northwood, NH  
Pulaski County HS - Somerset, KY  
Rocket Cat Resue - Concord, CA  
Sanctuary at Haafsville - Breinigsville, PA  
SCOOP - Cincinnati, OH  
Tails HS - DeKalb, IL  
Underdog Pet Rescue - Madison, WI  
Unleashed Pet Rescue - Mission, KS  
Valley HS - Pleasanton, CA  
Wadena County HS - Wadena, MN  
West Suburban HS - Downers Grove, IL  
Windham County HS - Brattleboro, VT  
Wisconsin HS - Green Bay Campus - Green Bay, WI  
Wisconsin HS - Ozaukee Campus - Saukville, WI  
Wisconsing HS - Racine Campus - Racine, WI  
Wise County AS - Decatur, TX  
Wyandot County HS - Upper Sandusky, OH  

Key:

HS - Humane Society

AS - Animal Shelter

Thank you from chenango spca

  

"We received blankets a week ago, so as you can see the cats are enjoying them already. The kitten is Lennie, he is always shy without his brother George. He started out nervous on the blanket but we then added some Feliway spray and he seemed to calm down. I would like to once again thank all your volunteers for doing what they do to make shelter cats' time in a shelter more comfortable.

I have decided that if all your volunteers, who are busy with  work, family and life itself can knit/crochet for the animals I'm going to also. I will donate them to our shelter when I get a few done, so thank you for reminding me I can do this as well. Thank you all again!"

~ Chenango SPCA in

Norwich, NY ~ 

(Note from Linda: Kathy, the wonderful lady who wrote this note from Chenango, has gone on to make and donate many blankets. She also makes bags of catnip toys for us to send to other shelters in our program!  

thank you from... humane society of southwestern michigan

"Thank you and your organization for the beautiful blankets for our critters. What a wonderful way to benefit animals! Please let your volunteers know that their creations are being snuggled and slept-on even as you read this!

The soft, cuddly blankets you sent will provide a bit of comfort and security for our dogs and cats while they await their own forever homes."

~ Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan in St. Joseph, MI ~   

Note from Linda: Check out the pictures and notes they also sent about Toto and Emerald, to the right!

February 2020 ~ Critter News

THe year starts strong!!!

Even though 2019 was a super-strong year for us, I'm just convinced that 2020 will be even more amazing. I'm happy to report that a project, which has languished on my to-do list for way too long, is finally done! 

If you check our website shelter list, you'll find contact names listed for all the shelters. Whenever you drop off, or mail blankets, please mark them to this person's name. It's hard for the shelters to keep everyone informed about the various programs, so this ensures that your blankets will go right to the correct person.

I'd also like to encourage everyone to double check our list, whenever they send blankets. I update it almost daily, and sometimes add information which may be helpful, or even remove a shelter if necessary. So the latest information is always on that list! I did try to confirm everything, but staff can change frequently, so if you find out there's a new contact, please let me know.

As things speed up this year, I thought I'd mention a new practice I tried out in 2019, and will continue this year. If you don't get an email reply from me on a Sunday, this is why!

I've started practicing "Sabbath rest" and would highly recommend it. It's a time to take a break from this fast-paced world and focus on recharging one's batteries. If God took a break, I certainly should too! The Hebrew word "Sabbath" literally means "to cease". So it's a time cease ordinary tasks and celebrate our blessings. It's a break for the body, so we can focus on the soul. I stay away from my PC and smart phone, and try to simply enjoy the day (I do crochet!). When I started this habit, mid-way through last year, I didn't think I could do it. Now, I'm not sure I could give it up! So if you don't hear back from me on a Sunday, be assured that I'll get back to the work of CFC on Monday!

I'm also thrilled to report that our Facebook group....which just started a year ago (January 2019), now has over 1,700 members! Our Facebook page has over 3,700 followers too. I'm not always a fan of social media, but the group has turned out to be a supportive community, full of pet and craft lovers, who are there to help pets and each other! There have been very few "issues" and I find it to be a great resource for CFC volunteers. I encourage everyone to check it out for themselves!

Happy February everyone!    

Linda

Your Beautiful Creations!

Homeless pets on cfc blankets!

Why we help shelter pets....

One of the great things about being on the CFC team, is the wonderful, like-minded people you get to "work" with. Check out why your fellow volunteers love to craft and love to comfort homeless pets...

  • "I make blankets because I love animals! I crochet a lot, and I have a lot of scraps of yarn, and what better way to use them than to create blankets for furry creatures. I think the blankets will help to keep cats and dogs warm during the cold Indiana winters. A big THANK YOU goes to all of you who love and help take care of the animals!" ~ Lauren D. of Fishers, IN

  • "Our family rescued a cat from ACCT Philly a few years ago and she came with a crocheted blanket and still loves it to this day. I love cats and crocheting, and I think this is such a great idea. I hope these blankets make these rescues feel more comfortable while they are waiting for their furever homes. This is such a great idea. I will continue to crochet and give!!!" ~ Deanna B. of Abington, PA

  • "We just adopted a shelter dog and I want to support these great places that take care of homeless pets. I like to think that a blanket will help a shelter animal feel more secure in a scary place. And that it will be something familiar to take with them when they are adopted." ~ Ellen L. of S.t Louis, MO

  • "I make blankets because it is a way for me to do a hobby that I enjoy while helping animal shelters. Hopefully the blankets will provide a sense of security for these animals."  ~ Katelyn R. of Auburn, WA​

  • "I can't adopt, or do much for those poor souls, but I can try and make them a little more comfortable while they wait for their furrever homes. The blankets will give them something warm and soft to lay on, rather than a cage or a concrete floor. And I like to think they look more 'adoptable' when they're a little more comfortable." ~ Carolyn M. of Ontario, Canada 

  • "I am a cat owner and my cats love to sleep on these 'cat mats', so I know that shelter cats like a warm bed also. Something cozy to cuddle up on is all that shelter animals want, except a forever home!" ~ Sharon S. of Gainesville, FL

Thank you from paws~ct!

CFC is lucky enough to have Patty & Joan, a mother and daughter team in Connecticut, who have been helping comfort homeless pets since 2014. Together they have made hundreds and hundreds of blankets for us, and helped just as many pets!

They recently dropped off 30 of their beautiful creations to PAWS shelter in Norwalk, CT. The cat adoption coordinator at the shelter was nice enough to send these ladies a note which the shelter received from the woman who adopted one of their kitties ("Lance" pictured above). Lance's "mom" also included a great picture showing him on one of the blankets they donated!

The shelter explained that Lance was a kitty they pulled from Animal Care & Control in New York City. "He was on 'death row' due to temperament," explains the shelter. "He was at PAWS almost a year before finding this lady who fell in love with him."

Here's the note that PAWS received from Lance's new "mom":

"Wanted to send this photo as it is very sweet and endearing to me. I love the fact that someone knitted this lil blanket AND that it was included when I adopted Lance. Please THANK the person who knitted this!! I am soooo in love with this sweet, fun cat, and he cracks me up, and is handsome too! Every day I miss him when I have to go to work but every night after he has dinner - we play, play, play until he lays down which tells me he's tired - LOL."

Lance's new mom reports that when she lays the blanket out for Lance, he immediately smells it and lays down. What a great mission we have to support these wonderful people who rescue pets from "death row" and the people who bring these pets into their families. I'm amazed at these stories every single day. A big thank you goes to Patty and Joan too, for ALL their work over these many years.

Be assured, that even if the shelter you donate to doesn't send you a note or a picture...your creations are cherished all the same!

Pets you are helping!

Shelter "thank you's" for you!

"Thanks so much for your recent donation of blankets. We especially love the fleece ones! We appreciate your kindness and so do our 'comfy' animals! Thanks again!" ~ Wabash County Animal Shelter - Mt. Carmel, IL

"Thank you all so much for the soft and beautiful handmade blankets. The kitties appreciate your thoughtfulness too! Thank you also for doing what you do, as it makes a big difference!~ Purrfect Cat Rescue - Crystal Lake, IL

"Thank you for all the beautiful handmade blankets. Your donation helps with the care and comfort of our animals. Thank you again!" ~ Prattville Autauga Humane Society - Prattville, AL

"Thank you so much for the beautiful handmade blankets and the toys. We so appreciate your time and effort. Our furbabies will love them. Thank you!" ~ Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center - Aransas Pass, TX

Posted on Facebook: "Have you noticed the lovely knit blankets in some of the pictures of our cats? They are handmade by a few of our supporters! The blankets make their cages more comfortable, and when the cats are adopted, the blankets go home with them! Having something familiar with their scent makes the transition a little easier. A big thank you to the folks who make the blankets! And of course Comfort for Critters for starting this up!" ~ Friends of Felines - Stamford, CT

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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!

Linda's blog

Learn a new way to help pets in need...and the families who love them!  Read Linda's blog

please Support the CFC Mission to help pets!

We rely on the generosity of animal lovers to keep us going and keep us shipping! We donate 1,500 - 2,000 FREE blankets to animal shelters each and every month!

All our merchandise is personally made, or designed, by Linda, CFC's founder. She offers a handful of blankets for purchase and has designed some one-of-a-kind t-shirts for crafty pet lovers!

Click here to check them out!

spread the word!

Like, pin or follow us on social media & help spread our mission to your family and friends. Thank you!

Try a temperature blanket!

CFC volunteers seemed to really enjoy making temperature blankets last year, so I thought I'd share this idea again! I plan to do a Spring Temperature Blanket this year, to document the many temperature ups and downs in the Chicago area. As they say, "if you don't like the weather in Chicago, just wait ten minutes....it'll change!"

Click here for more details on how you can make a temperature blanket too!

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating well over 1,500 blankets (sometimes over 2,000) 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, 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. 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 (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.

Thank you!!!

alt

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 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), asking them for a tax receipt, if this is needed. Finally, 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 non-profit, 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 & 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.