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since 2007 we have donated 110,629  blankets!

december blanket donations

2,327 Blankets

95 Shelters

32 States

  • We helped thousands of pets in December, by donating a total of 2,327 blankets!
  • 95 different shelters, in 32 states (& Canada) received our blankets, and most received a handful of toys as well!
  • These blessings were only possible, due to the 100+ volunteers and supporters who helped. Thank you!

New crochet pattern to try - granny SPikes!

I'm always looking for ways to use up little bits of remnant yarn. This pattern lets me do just that, and indulge my love of Granny Squares (with a twist). I hope as we kick off this new year it's a pattern you'll enjoy as well!

Click here for the pattern!

Thank you from palm valley!

Meet Topher at PVAS, as he cuddles his CFC blanket!

"On behalf of the animals and the Palm Valley team, we would like to thank you and the Comfort for Critters volunteers for these cozy blankets! These blankets will keep our animals comfortable and warm in their new forever homes.

Your donation makes a huge impact and is greatly appreciated by our animals and everyone on the PVAS team."

Here's Tinkerbell at PVAS enjoying her CFC blanket too!

Palm Valley Animal Society 

- Edinburg, TX -

more Shelter "thank you's"!

Enjoy these thank you notes I received from the shelters we support. Your blankets, your caring, your work, make this gratitude possible!

  • "Thank you very much for your thoughtful and generous donation of handmade blankets for our pets. Your gifts do provide comfort to our pets, both while they await adoption and to take with them to their new homes. Your work expresses your compassion for animals and your spirit of community involvement. We appreciate you remembering the needs of our animals during this most challenging time."  ~ Montgomery County SPCA - Conshohocken, PA
  • "Thank you so much for your recent in-kind blankets. Now more than ever, your gift is so important in our effort to care for pets!" ~ Roanoke Valley SPCA - Roanoke, VA
  • "Thank you for the blankets that you made for our cats, as well as the treats and cat toys that you added. The cats at SARL are extremely lucky to have folks like you looking out for them. You have supplied us with some of the items that are essential to our daily operations. After being surrendered by their families or transported hundreds of miles to our shelter, cats and dogs are often anxious when they arrive here. You have provided some of the comforts of home that make all the difference in helping animals feel comfortable here while they await their forever homes. Thank you and we hope you are doing well during these trying times." ~ Salem Animal Rescue League - Salem, NH
  • "We would like to say thank you for your gift of the box of handmade blankets. Your kindness and generosity helps to continue our lifesaving mission. Thank you for being a friend to our organization and to the pets in need." ~ Lynchburg Humane Society - Lynchburg, VA

January 2021 ~ Critter News

out with the old, in with the new!

I hope as you read this you are feeling well and were able to enjoy the holiday season. I know for me, I'm ready to say "good-bye" to 2020 and "hello" to a new year. I encourage everyone to do whatever it takes to care for yourself and begin 2021 with an optimistic outlook. I know I'm trying!

I am honestly impressed by all the support we received last year, and how volunteers just kept making blankets, kept helping pets and kept making a difference. I've heard that for some people "making a difference" was keeping them going, at a time they felt helpless to make anything better, anywhere.

Together we donated (once again) over 2,000 blankets in December that went to 32 different states (including DC and Canada). We supported 95 shelters, which is a new record! For the year, we comforted over 20,000 pets! Thank you all!

I'd also like to, once again, encourage everyone to consider joining our Facebook group "The Comfort for Critters Team". Especially when we're not able to socialize in person as much as we used to, this group is a positive sanctuary to show off what you're working on, or just share some kind words on what others are creating. Either way, I hope you feel welcomed when you're there and your day is made brighter by visiting.

 Hoping 2021 is a blessed year for us all!

Linda

Pets you are helping!

Shelters we supported in december

 

  
A Forever Home Animal RescueTavaresFL
ADOPTNapervilleIL
All 4 Animals RescueMishawakaIN
Almost Home BloomingdaleIL
Almost Home Dog RescueDoylestownPA
Anchorage Animal Care & ControlAnchorageAK
Angela's Angels Kitty RescueIrontonOH
Angels of AssisiRoanokeVA
Animal Care ServicesSan AntonioTX
Animal Friends of the ValleyWildomarCA
Animal Welfare LeagueChicago RidgeIL
Animal Welfare SocietyKennebunkME
Arizona Humane SocietyPhoenixAZ
Aurora Animal Control ShelterAuroraIL
Baltimore Humane SocietyReisterstownMD
Beaver County Humane SocietyAliquippaPA
Berkeley County Humane SocietyMartinsburgWV
Boone Area Humane SocietyBooneIA
Boonville Animal ShelterBoonvilleMO
Bowling Green/Warren County H.S.Bowling GreenKY
Buffalo Animal ShelterBuffaloNY
Caring for CatsNorth St. PaulMN
Catman2CullowheeNC
Charlies ArmyPhiladelphiaPA
Chenango SPCANorwichNY
Chicago Animal Care & ControlChicagoIL
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Critical Care for Animal AngelsByronGA
Critter CampGerman ValleyIL
Cumberland Valley Animal ShelterChambersburgPA
Douglas County Animal ServicesDouglasvilleGA
Englewood Animal Rescue SanctuaryEnglewoodFL
East Alabama Humane SocietyPhenix CityAL
Emerald City Pet RescueSeattleWA
Forever Love RescueGettysburgPA
Frankie's Friends Cat RescueNew KensingtonPA
Good Mews Animal FoundationMariettaGA
Grabb Animal ShelterFultonMO
HALO RescueSebastianFL
Harley's DreamBerthoudCO
Help the Animals, Inc.RichmondIN
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
Humane Rescue AllianceWashingtonDC
Humane Society of Delaware CountyDelawareOH
Humane Society of Hancock CountyFindlayOH
Humane Society of Marathon CountyWausauWI
H.S. of Port Jervis & DeerparkPort JervisNY
Iowa City Animal CareIowa CityIA
Kane County Animal ShelterGenevaIL
Kendall County Animal ShelterYorkvilleIL
Last HopeFarmingtonMN
Lawrence County Humane Society New CastlePA
Little Mews RescueManchesterMI
Little Shelter Animal RescueHuntingtonNY
Little Traverse Bay Humane SocietyHarbor SpringsMI
Los Angeles County - Carson ShelterGardenaCA
Lowell Humane SocietyLowellMA
Monroe County Animal ShelterMadisonvilleTN
Montgomery Cty Animal ShelterChristianburgVA
Nanaimo SPCANanaimo, BCCanada
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
Nebraska Humane SocietyOmahaNE
North Shore Animal League AmericaPort WashingtonNY
Ohio County Animal ShelterTriadelphiaWV
Operation KindnessCarrolltonTX
PAWS - Pet Animal Welfare SocietyNorwalkCT
Paws and Whiskers Cat ShelterToledoOH
PAWS of Grays HarborAberdeenWA
Piggles & Friends RescueWinchesterKY
Purrfect PalsArlingtonWA
Quincy Animal ShelterQuincyWA
Quincy Humane SocietyQuincyIL
Regional Animal Services of King CtyKentWA
Safe Haven Dog RescueWheatonIL
(The) Sanctuary at HaafsvilleBreinigsvillePA
Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption CtrAransas PassTX
Saving Cats & Kittens in Michigan WestlandMI
Save Cats & Obliterate OverpopulationCincinnatiOH
(The) Scratching PostCincinnatiOH
Secondhand PurrsFranklin WI
Shelbyville Animal ControlShelbyvilleTN
S.Jersey Reg. Shelter & Cumberland Cty SPCAVinelandNJ
SPCA of BrevardTitusvilleFL
St. Francis Society Animal RescueTampaFL
St. Johns County Pet CenterSt. AugustineFL
Stay-A-While Cat ShelterNorth RoyaltonOH
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Two by Two RescueHelenaAL
Underdog Pet RescueMadisonWI
Union County Animal Control ShelterBumbcombeIL
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter GwinnMI
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
West Columbia Gorge Humane SocietyWashougalWA
Worcester Animal Rescue LeagueWorcesterMA
Wright-Way RescueMorton GroveIL

Thank you from lost dog & cat rescue foundation

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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!

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Help a family in need, by helping their pet! Read more here.

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, so that I can thank you.
  • 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 outside 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!

Why we help shelter pets....

Many of our volunteers have "worked" for us for years and made hundreds, if not thousands, of blankets. It certainly takes a large team to donate over 2,000 blankets a month, and I am grateful for that team. Here's what your fellow volunteers say motivates them to keep creating and keep comforting pets!

  •  "I adopted both of my cats from a shelter so I know how important it is to help animals in a shelter. I know that the cats love homemade blankets because my cats love them! And they will provide comfort to the cats while they're in an unfamiliar environment. It makes me feel good, knowing that I'm helping animals in a shelter and what better way to do a 'yarn stash buster' and try out different stitches and patterns!!" ~ Denise of Surprise, AZ
  • "I have a lot of yarn, I love animals, I have 2 hooligans that I love dearly. I have also been making blankets for my vet to use, and decided to also donate to a shelter close by. I absolutely think the blankets will help! I made them out of blanket yarn and they are soft, and thick and will give much relief to them!" ~ Sharon C. of Vancouver, WA 

  • "I can't bring all the shelter pets home with me, so I make blankets for them to have while they wait on furever homes and hope they feel a little bit of love while waiting. I'm never one to sit and do just one thing, so making blankets while I'm watching TV or riding in a car fits right into my long history of multi-tasking!" ~ Denise T. of Winston, GA

  • "I was a volunteer for Austin Humane Society until the virus occurred. Volunteers are not allowed to be in the building so this is my way of contributing to the shelter and somehow feeling close to the kitties. Making them benefits me since it lets me feel connected with the shelter and I miss volunteering there!" ~ Sarah L. of Austin, TX

A shelter you should know...

Safe Haven Dog Rescue is new to our program, having joined our list of shelters in October, but they have already impressed me with their caring and dedication to dogs. They are a foster care system in the western suburbs of Chicago, that pulls the majority of their dogs from Kill Pounds and shelters in Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois. They first work to find a local rescue group, within those states, to take the dogs as they coordinate transportation and placement. If that can’t work, they take the dogs into the Safe Haven system.

What I really loved, was hearing the details about the dogs in their care. How they “tested” both fleece and crocheted blankets to see if there’s a preference (there isn’t) and to see how the blankets would help. Their singular focus is on caring for dogs, which others discard, and finding them loving homes. They also take in "special needs” dogs, which require more care due to age, health or pregnancy.

When I donated our first group of blankets in October, I immediately heard back, “the fosters at this weekend’s transport thought the blankets were beautiful and every last one expressed a thank you to Comfort for Critters and to all the incredible knitters.” I know how busy all of our shelters are, so taking the time to give me this feedback was truly appreciated.

I found out in November that over a 2 week span, 3 of their pregnant dogs had given birth. A total of 30 puppies were welcomed into their system and I was thrilled to know the puppies were loving CFC blankets. I even received pictures (see below)!

Some of what I hear breaks my heart, but in the end I’m thankful we can help in our own way. Safe Haven works with two shelters in Tennessee which take in discarded hunting dogs. They explain, “these dogs are simply dumped in a forest or tied up to a road sign and just left. We find these dogs to be the most stressed out, weary and frightened dogs in need of a ‘wubby’.” They love that our blankets can help, and in their words, "be a continuous presence in their lives, as they transition from the shelter to a foster home and transition once again to their furever adopted home.”

My contact at the shelter was kind enough to detail their entire process, from start to finish, and I can tell you, it was enlightening. So much goes into all aspects of their program, including finding the dogs that are about to be euthanized, securing safe foster homes, transporting, testing and medically caring for the dogs. Then the process starts of finding forever homes! A typical transport may have 40 or 50 dogs, all going through this process at once. Our blankets are distributed to the foster families (in my opinion, “angels”) when they pick up their dogs. The blankets stay with the pups from that point forward.

I was also impressed with the painstaking process of finding the perfect new family for each dog. They conduct phone interviews, meet all members of the family, host a meet & great with the foster family & dog, and more. They truly take their time so that the dog never has to go through the rescue process again!

As I looked around their website originally, to get a feel for them as a prospective recipient of our blankets, a statement they made caught my eye. “When you adopt you save two lives, the dog you have welcomed into your home and the dog that will be pulled from a pound into our program.” How nice to double the joy of helping, and double the great feeling of rescuing a dog!

If you’d like to help us, help this shelter, just continue making your beautiful blankets! I’m able to personally drop off blankets to them, since they are a short drive from my home. They could also use dog food, collars, leashes, crates, toys and various cleaning supplies. Check out their website at safehavendogs.com for more ways to help this great shelter!

Living with, and loving, coyotes!

As you may have guessed by now, I love animals. Not just pets I can cuddle at home, but all "critters". Especially close to my heart are those which I get to see roaming my neighborhood. One animal that has a very bad reputation, and one that I’m constantly trying to explain to people, are coyotes. I find most individuals don’t understand them and are therefore afraid of them. They are a wild animal to be sure, and should therefore be respected (by keeping them at a distance). However, once you learn a bit about them, you’ll find ways they can co-exist in suburbia.... and co-exist they will need to, as their natural habitats shrink!

Coyotes are a close relative to dogs, but they also are a “cousin” to wolves, foxes and even jackals. They are very bright, with a triple-whammy of great senses – hearing, smell and sight. They commonly roam the neighborhood where I live, and there are times during the year that I cross-paths with a coyote every week. The ones I see are comparable to a medium-sized dog, at best, not the large predators some people envision.

Coyotes are turning up in suburbs, and even cities, for two obvious reasons – habitat loss and the hunt for food. Short of major changes in land-use, the only way to keep them away from your small pets and (somewhat) out of your yard is by controlling their access to food. They are omnivores, though the majority of their diet is meat. They will happily eat pet food and even garbage at times. Things like piles of compost, open trash cans or pet food left outside will offer them a buffet and encourage them to stick around for more.

If you think your yard is too secure for a coyote to enter, you may need to think again. Your fence needs to be at least six feet tall, and have a protective deterrent device mounted on top, to keep coyotes from simply jumping over. They love to dig too, so you’d need to make sure the fence extends a good distance underground! Bottom line is that small pets should never be left unattended if there are coyotes in your neighborhood. Cats and small dogs can easily become prey and larger dogs may get into territorial disputes with coyotes.

Even if you eliminate obvious food sources and keep your pets inside, you still may have coyotes in your area. You’ll see them at all times of the day and night, so running into one during the day is not a sign that they are ill. The first time I encountered a coyote (which was actually “tracking” me), I did the exact thing you should never do. I turned and ran home with my leashed large dog in tow. By doing this I basically relinquished my territory (aka. neighborhood) to the coyote and encouraged him to be even more bold and visit more often!

As I’ve learned a bit more, I now advocate for what’s called “hazing” of the coyote. Trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s simply taking action to assert dominance and deter the coyote from encroaching even more on residential land. It helps drive the coyote back to wide open areas (my neighborhood is adjacent to a large arboretum) and out of backyards. For me that’s a better solution for all animals involved!

To successfully haze a coyote you'll want to make yourself as “loud and large” as possible by spreading out your arms and legs (like a giant monster!), and making lots of noise. You’ll need to actually yell directly at the coyote, looking them in the eye. For every coyote I’ve encountered this does the trick. They simply turn-tail and trot off in the opposite direction. This is what a coyote should do, and means they are not habituated to people.

If you run into a coyote which is accustomed to people, you may need to step up your game a bit. You still want to be loud and large, but you may need to really stare down the animal and even take a small step towards it. Continue to yell, stomp your feet and wave those arms! If you think you may encounter a coyote on a walk, consider taking along a whistle (I did for years) or a soda can, sealed with a handful of pennies inside. Some people advocate throwing rocks or sticks at the coyote, but I hope it would never come to that. 

If this hazing seems a bit harsh, remember that it’s better for the coyote to learn that humans are off-limits. They will lead a longer life by keeping to their natural habitat, than by getting into any altercation with a human.

If you’d like more information, I highly recommend this “tool kit” from the Humane Society on dealing with coyotes in your neighborhood. I think it may help you relax a bit, if you find them concerning, and help you appreciate them a bit, since they are clearly here to stay!

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating well over 1,500 blankets regularly every 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. 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 email them for a tax receipt and possibly write off the donation (please check with your tax professional).​​
  • You'll also get to hear just how much the shelter staff appreciates the blankets. Thank you!!!


3s139 Sequoia Drive

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Linda Kastiel Kozlowski

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.