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~ Celebrating 13 Years & 110,000+ FREE Pet Blankets ~

since 2007 we have donated 112,763  blankets!

january blanket donations

2,134 Blankets

85 Shelters

29 States

  • We helped thousands of pets in January by donating a total of 2,134 blankets!
  • 85 different shelters, in 29 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!

Don't forget, as you drop off blankets to a shelter near you, to ask for a tax receipt. You can also email them (if you leave the blankets outside, or ship your blankets) for the receipt. Most of the shelters we support have 501(c)3 tax status, so they will be able to provide this to you. You may also be able to claim shipping costs, so hold onto those receipts as well. Be sure to check with your tax preparer for the most accurate information for your particular tax return!

Thank you from Harmony House for Cats

"We would like to send a big thank you to Comfort for Critters! Comfort for Critters volunteers make the beautiful blankets that get sent home with Harmony House cats. This helps cats transition to their new homes by taking something with them that smells familiar. We are so grateful to the Comfort for Critters volunteers that help ensure our cats get the best start in their new homes."

~ Harmony House for Cats, Chicago, 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!

"Thank you for your wonderful donation of 30 soft and cheery blankets to help support the homeless animals at the Nebraska Humane Society. We are so grateful for friends like you! On behalf of all of the animals and staff, thank you, again."                ~ Nebrasksa Humane Society in Omaha, NE

"Thank you for your donation of snuggly blankets! We hope you and yours are safe and healthy!  We truly appreciate your support, both for us, and for the many kitties who need you!"                   ~ Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter in Tucson, AZ

"We received our first blankets a few weeks ago and they are beautiful! Since we had a lot of adoptions we were down to four when another box arrived! We can't thank you enough. They are soft and very pretty. We put them in the kitty's cage and then send them home with the adopter. Most put them in the carrier. It's such a nice way for the kitty to take home a little bit of their former life. Thank you so much for providing this service." ~ Second Hand Purrs in Milwaukee, WI 

"Dog gone, that was so nice of you! Thanks for your support! We just wanted to thank you so much for everything. We know you had to spend a lot of time and effort on these items. Thanks again!" ~ Boonville Animal Shelter in Boonville, MO

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!

February 2021 ~ Critter News

Happy valentine's day!

Despite the social distancing we're all doing, I hope you find yourself surrounded this Valentine's Day by the people and pets you love. I feel honored to serve an organization that focuses on love, via comfy blankets, year-round. Thank you for whatever you do to keep the CFC mission going!

Speaking of which...we really need yarn! I've been reaching out to our local press, and there should be coverage on us soon, but until then please feel free to share our social media posts asking for yarn donations. You can also copy some of the graphics we have on our Volunteer Resources page and post them on your own social media. Remember, we don't need full, newly purchased skeins. We love leftovers and partial skeins too!  

As you check out that webpage, take a minute to also review our Animal Shelters We Support page. I've been doing a lot of work on the list, making sure information is correct, along with adding and deleting shelters. Before you donate, please check the list and direct your blankets to the person who appears on our website list (next to the shelter's name). Please let me know as well!

I'll be stealing an idea this month, which several of our volunteers have done, and making lots of pink and red blankets. It's a fun way to celebrate the holiday, all month long. Next month, the green yarn will be put to good use! Whatever you do to celebrate February, I hope you find joy in crafting and in helping others. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!

​With gratitude for you!

Linda

Your Beautiful Creations!

Shelters we supported in january

Adams County Humane SocietyFriendshipWI
Animal Care Centers of NYCBrooklynNY
Animal Care SanctuaryEast SmithfieldPA
Animal House ShelterHuntleyIL
Animal Protective Assoc. of MissouriSt. LouisMO
Animal Rescue FoundationLisleIL
Ashland Animal Rescue FundAshlandKY
Austin Humane SocietyAustinTX
Azrael's PlaceLyonsIL
Capital Area Humane SocietyLansingMI
Castaway CrittersHummelstownPA
Cat Rescue of Marlborough & HudsonHudsonMA
Cat Welfare AdvocatesSan JoseCA
Catnap from the HeartLaGrange ParkIL
Chicago Animal Care & ControlChicagoIL
Collin County Animal ServicesMcKinneyTX
Colonial Capital Humane SocietyNew BernNC
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Compassionate Animal Rescue of Dutchess CtyWappingers FallsNY
Constellation Cat CaféEast LansingMI
Cumberland Valley Animal ShelterChambersburgPA
Danbury Animal Welfare SocietyBethelCT
Dumb Friends LeagueDenverCO
Everlasting Hope Animal RescueHillsdaleNY
Fayetteville Animal Protection SocietyFayettevilleNC
Feline Finish Line RescueBethlehemPA
Fetch Wisconsin RescueVeronaWI
Frankie's Friends Cat RescueNew KensingtonPA
Furry Friends Animal RescueFriscoTX
Furry Friends NetworkCarlislePA
Golden Retriever Rescue of the RockiesArvadaCO 
Good Mews Animal FoundationMariettaGA
Grabb Animal ShelterFultonMO
Granny Rose Animal ShelterDixonIL
Greenville County Animal CareGreenvilleSC
HALO RescueSebastianFL
Happy Cats HavenManitou SpringsCO
Harmony House for CatsChicagoIL
Helping Paws Pet HavenHuntingtonIN
Hillside SPCAPottsvillePA
Hinsdale Humane SocietyHinsdaleIL
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
Humane Rescue AllianceWashingtonDC
Humane Society of Central IllinoisNormalIL
Humane Society of Greater NashuaNashuaNH
Humane Society of Manatee CountyBradentonFL
Humane Society of Port Jervis & DeerparkPort JervisNY
Humane Society of SarasotaSarasotaFL
Idaho Humane SocietyBoiseID
Kenosha Forgotten FriendsKenoshaWI
Kindred KittiesKenoshaWI
Kitten Korner RescueSpringwaterNY
KittyKindNew YorkNY
Last HopeFarmingtonMN
Lawrence County Humane Society LouisaKY
LEAD RescueChicagoIL
Lifeline for PetsPasadenaCA
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue FoundationFalls ChurchVA
Mississippi CritterzOxfordMS
Missouri Wiggle ButtsBoonvilleMO
Misty Eyes Animal CenterAvonIN
Monroe County Animal ShelterMadisonvilleTN
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
Nebraska Humane SocietyOmahaNE
PAWS - Pet Animal Welfare SocietyNorwalkCT
PAWS of Grays HarborAberdeenWA
Pennsville Animal ShelterPennsvilleNJ
Red Door Animal ShelterChicagoIL
Safe Haven Dog RescueWheatonIL
Salem Animal Rescue LeagueSalemNH
(The) Sanctuary at HaafsvilleBreinigsvillePA
Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption CenterAransas PassTX
Secondhand PurrsFranklin WI
SPCA of Brevard CountyTitusvilleFL
St. Sophia's Forgotten FelinesAddisonIL
Stay-A-While Cat ShelterNorth RoyaltonOH
Tails from the CityLakewoodCO
Underdog Pet RescueMadisonWI
Unleashed Pet RescueMissionKS
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
Wabash County Animal ShelterMt. CarmelIL
Wadena County Humane SocietyWadenaMN
West Suburban Humane SocietyDowners GroveIL
Western Illinois Animal RescueMonmouthIL
Whiskers or Wags - Johnson Cty Animal ShelterStaffordsvilleKY

Pets you are helping!

Thank you from Austin Humane society

     

   

"We just received our first box of blankets and love them! We already had a handful of kittens go home with new blankets today. The size of the blankets is absolutely perfect! Thank you so much for reaching out and adding us to your list. We are so grateful and excited!"

~ Austin Humane Society in Austin, TX ~

Why we help shelter pets....

I'm grateful to everyone who leaves these wonderful comments on our website. I can tell you that during this crazy time you have restored my faith in humanity! I've heard this repeatedly from other volunteers as well. Here are just a few of your reasons for helping.... 

  • "I make blankets because this is an incredible group of people doing wonderful things for the 'under' dogs (and cats)! It's my small way of giving something to God's creatures. Making blankets keeps me focused and I don't waste as much time, especially during the pandemic. I hope the blankets will provide a comfortable resting/sleeping area for the animals waiting on their furever families."  Denise T. of Winston, GA 
  • "It's my small way to help the animals in the shelters. I'm staying in my home, due to the pandemic, and crocheting is my way to pass time. Making the items for pets helped me keep busy. Also, I have arthritis in my hands, and it keeps my fingers flexible, relieving some of the pain. I am hoping the animals will be more comfortable and have a blanket to go home with them. They will have a familiar scented item that should help them to adjust to a new place." ~ Lenore V. of Folsom, NJ

  • "All animals need love and security...especially the ones that don't have a family. I am trying to give these animals love before they go to their new home. I find that I benefit from making blankets since it helps my PTSD and my creativity. It helps me give back!" ~ Andrea G. of Austin, TX

  • "We always adopt from shelters, so I hope the blankets will keep the pets warm and cozy. It is fun for me to be able to throw scraps of this and that together, to come up with something useful. We both crochet every day just to pass the time. Heaven knows we don't need anything more for ourselves, our friends, our family. It's nice to know our crochet is helping others. Thanks for your hard work, bringing this together!" ~ Pat & Claudia K. of Grand Rapids, MI

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New crochet pattern to try!

This pattern is a great way to learn, or practice, some basic crochet stitches. It combines SC, HDC and DC into a thick blanket that pets will love. It's quick to work up too. Hope you'll give it a try!

Click here for the free pattern!

try a magic knot!

If you're tired of weaving in ends, you HAVE to learn to do this "magic knot".  I was skeptical at first, but now I'm hooked.

Give it a try and you'll be changing colors like a pro, with no ends to weave in!

P.S. Thank you to whomever shared this in our Facebook Group, "The Comfort for Critters Team". Tips like this are just one more reason to join the team!

Linda's Blog

I love poking around the Internet, finding new patterns and learning new stitches. In this blog I share my top "go-to" websites when I want to find a particular pattern, try a new stitch or just get inspired!

Read Linda's blog here

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!


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 and   shelter worker.

another "critter" we help ~ the Fennec fox!

Early on in CFC’s history I signed up a small rescue group called Critter Camp, in Illinois. In response to their first batch of blankets they sent a lovely thank you note and a picture that really got my attention (shown at left). I immediately thought, “I’m glad they’re comfy, but what the heck is that?”

The adorable critter, relaxing on our blanket is a Fennec Fox (also known as Desert Fox), the smallest breed of fox in the world! It’s not common, but they are occasionally kept as pets, so some wind up in animal shelters.

Fennec Foxes are native to the Sahara Desert in Africa, though they have been bred in captivity in the US for several decades. They live up to 14 years, are only 1.5 to 3.5 pounds when full grown, and they eat bugs, worms, tiny lizards and occasionally fruit. Their large ears are designed to dissipate the desert heat, and to listen for their tiny underground prey.

Though they are adorable creatures, you'll see that they can be challenging to keep as a pet. Since they are prey animals in the wild, they are quite shy and do not like to be held for more than a few moments. They do not respond to typical pet training methods and are quite difficult to potty-train. In fact, their waste (which smells like a skunk!) is used in their marking technique (to show ownership), especially by unneutered males.

Fennec Foxes must be kept indoors, in a climate of 65-80 degrees. They can hang out in a large ferret-type cage when unsupervised, but they need to be out of the cage, as much as possible, to stay socialized. This too can be a challenge, since they’re naturally nocturnal, so their “active” time is when most people are sleeping. However, if raised from infancy their sleep schedule can be adjusted to align closer to that of their human companions.

Supervision is required because even though they don't interactively play with their human companions, they do like to dig (ie. dig up carpets, floors and into furniture). They can be somewhat litterbox trained, but it takes much longer than training a kitty! They also can, and do, bite - especially when startled or when they just want their own space. Their vocalizations can be very sweet, but very loud, from low guttural barking sounds, to a chirping trill, to a sound that's a cross between a purr and a growl.

Fennec Foxes seem to do the best as pets in warm areas of the US, where they can have their own outdoor pen year round. This area though must be specifically designed for them since they’re great at climbing and even better at digging outdoors! It’s said that they dig so fast in the desert that they seem to “disappear into the sand”!

Despite being a handful, they do have their admirers. Fennec Foxes cost from $1,500 to $3,500 and generally people will be placed on a waiting list for a year or more to obtain one from a breeder. However, before you put your name on any list, make sure you check with your local city or county, since it’s not legal to keep them as pets in some areas.

As I look back at this picture, which so surprised me at the time, I feel gratitude towards shelters which care for “exotic” pets. Every critter is deserving of a safe place to live in peace. Hopefully they get a beautiful CFC blanket to cuddle as well!

A shelter you should know ... Chicago animal care & control

Chicago Animal Care and Control joined our program in 2016 and we've been steadily giving them blankets ever since. One reason is that we have a wonderful volunteer (thank you Janice!) who hand carries our blankets to the shelter on her frequent trips into the city. Over the years we have donated over 1,000 blankets to them, and I know they could use many more!

They are the only municipally run, open-admission animal control and sheltering facility in the city. They have a super-low adoption fee of $65 for all cats and dogs, which includes spay/neuter, rabies shot, vaccinations, microchip, heartworm test for dogs and a city dog license.

During 2019 (the most recent data compiled) they took in almost 17,000 pets!  About 8,000 were dogs, 7,000 were cats and the rest were an assortment of other wildlife. The vast majority of the cats and dogs (85%) were either adopted, returned to the owner, or transferred to a rescue group for placement via their "Homeward Bound Animal Placement Program." During the year this program handled 7,000 pets, and worked with over 200 other shelters and rescue groups. I love that there is a partnership between this large organization and smaller groups that can step up and help out. Besides donating to CACC, we send blankets to many of the groups they partner with, so our creations are helping out all the great groups involved in caring for Chicago's many homeless pets.

Despite these large numbers, CACC takes the time to screen potential adopters, meeting every member of the family, reviewing rental agreements to ensure pets are allowed, and checking veterinary records of pets who are currently in a household. They also run a "Lost Pet" program, a low-cost vaccine clinic and have a foster care system in place.

CFC donated over 300 blankets to them last year, and we'll likely top that in 2021. A big thank you goes to Janice D. of Naperville, IL for saving us hundreds of dollars in postage. She's a great example of all the wonderful people who help us each and every month. Thank you all!