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Comfort for Critters

~ Celebrating 13 Years & 99,000+ FREE Pet Blankets ~

since 2007 we have donated 99,797  blankets!

june blanket donations

1,460 Blankets

67 Shelters

24 States

  • We helped hundreds of pets in June, by donating a total of 1,460 blankets!
  • 67 different shelters, in 24 states, 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!

Comfort in memory of penny

These blankets were made by Heidi, of Arlington Heights, IL, in memory of her mom, Penny. They are so colorful and vary in size, which is perfect for shelter pets.

Her mom saved fleece in many sizes, making various items for the family's dogs. When she passed away, Heidi remembered her promise "not to throw out anything and donate as much as possible."

Heidi decided that comforting homeless pets was the perfect use for the fleece. "Making the blankets was easy and relaxing for me and to know they are going to little, or big, creatures warms my heart," says Heidi.

The Buddy Foundation, in Arlington Heights, was the lucky recipient of these 25 comforting blankets. Heidi said that she was glad to "give back in a small way." Though the blankets are small, the comfort is HUGE. Thank you Heidi, and to Penny for raising such a wonderful lady!

New crochet pattern to try!

I had a blast last month, working up a pattern for some fun, fruit-filled blankets. Use whatever color yarn you have, and have a blast too!

Click here for the pattern!

Thank you from Harmony house

"The cat in the picture was adopted today, with his brother, about half an hour after the box (of blankets) arrived. We sent them both home with blankets from that box and with a catnip pillow that he immediately found in the box. Thank you for what you do! It really helps our cats start out well in their new homes."

~ Harmony House for Cats - Chicago, IL

Shelter "thank you's"!

I know everyone's been busy making blankets, toys, etc. even during this ongoing crisis. So here are a few notes from some grateful shelters. YOU are making a difference!

  • "Thank you for the beautiful blankets you donated to us and for all you and your volunteers do to help animals in need. It means so much to us and to our rescues." ~ Lucky Dawg Animal Rescue - Coatesville, PA
  • "Please let your volunteers know how much we appreciate all the time and work they put into the blankets. They are beautiful and it's a pleasure to be able to send something nice home with our feline friends!" ~ Monroe County Animal Shelter - Madisonville, TN
  • "CaRMaH has received the beautiful crocheted blankets. Thank you so much. We appreciate that we can give them to adopters. Thank you!" ~ Cat Rescue of Marlborough & Hudson - Hudson, MA
  • "We are so appreciative of the many beautiful blankets we receive from you! The kitties absolutely love them and it gives them something to take to their new homes! They even take them along to adoption events to make them more comfortable! Thank you!" ~ Kenosha Forgotten Friends - Kenosha, WI
  • "We received your donation of blankets! We truly appreciate everything your volunteers do for us and for making the shelter a comfy place before they leave for their forever homes. Thank you!" ~ Douglas County Animal Services - Douglasville, GA

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, so that I can thank you.
  • 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 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!

July 2020 ~ Critter News

happy birthday to the USA!

Happy July everyone! Even though the 4th of July celebrations are sure to be a bit different this year, I hope everyone is able to celebrate in their own way, with the people and pets in their lives. Both my dogs will be happy if there's fewer (or none) fireworks going off this year. We'll see!

I continue to be amazed that CFC keeps moving forward despite all obstacles. Right now I'm dealing with a serious shortage of yarn and fleece, but I'm sure that will turn-around (as it always does) this month.

I'm also thrilled to see that we're about to top 100,000 in blankets donated! WOW! I'll be sure to announce it on our social media, so please "like us" on Facebook and "follow us" on Instagram to keep up to date on all OUR accomplishments. 

I'm still working on the next book of crochet patterns, which will also cover how crafting helps ease stress. Thank you to everyone who completed the surveys I've sent. The results will be in the book and the next newsletter!

 Hope your Summer is happy!

Linda

Pets you are helping!

Shelters we supported in june

Adair County Humane Society

Kirksville, MO

ADOPT

Naperville, IL

All 4 Animals Rescue

Mishawaka, IN

Almost Home Dog Rescue

Doylestown, PA

Anchorage Animal Care & Control

Anchorage, AK

Angels of Assisi

Roanoke, VA

Animal Protective League

Springfield, IL

Animal Rescue Foundation

Lisle, IL

Animal Welfare League

Chicago Ridge, IL

Austin Humane Society

Austin, TX

Best Friends of Pets

Oklahoma City, OK

Boonville Animal Shelter

Boonville, MO

Buddy Foundation

Arlington Heights, IL

Caring for Cats

North St. Paul, MN

Cat Crew Rescue

Oradell, NJ

Cat Welfare Advocates

San Jose, CA

CatVando

Maywood, IL

Chenango SPCA

Norwich, NY

Colonial Capital Humane Society

New Bern, NC

East Providence Animal Control Shelter

East Providence, RI

Fayetteville Animal Protection Society

Fayetteville, NC

Feral Fixers

Lombard, IL

Forever Love Rescue

Gettysburg, PA

Furrever Friends Rescue

Carol Stream, IL

Furry Friends Animal Rescue

Frisco, TX

Greenville County Animal Care

Greenville, SC

HALO Rescue

Sebastian, FL

Happy Cats Haven

Colorado Springs, CO

Harmony House for Cats

Chicago, IL

Headwaters Animal Shelter

Park Rapids, MN

Helping Paws Pet Haven

Huntington, IN

Home Alone Feline Rescue

Arlington, VA

Hopeful Tails Animal Shelter

Joliet, IL

Humane Society of Manatee County

Bradenton, FL

Humane Society of Noble County

Kendallville, IN

Humane Society of Polk County

Crookston, MN

Humane Society of Port Jervis & Deerpark

Port Jervis, NY

Humane Society of Putnam County

Greencastle, IN

Humane Society of Sarasota

Sarasota, FL

Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan

St. Joseph, MI

Kenosha Forgotten Friends

Kenosha, WI

Kindred Kitties

Kenosha, WI

KittyKind

New York, NY

Last Hope

Farmington, MN

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation

Falls Church, VA

Lulu's Locker Rescue

Chicago, IL

Marion County Animal Services

Ocala, FL

Missouri Wiggle Butts

Boonville, MO

Monroe County Animal Shelter

Madisonville, TN

Mountain City Animal Shelter

Mountain City, TN

Naperville Area Humane Society

Naperville, IL

Nebraska Humane Society

Omaha, NE

New Hanover Humane Society

Wilmington, NC

Operation Kindness

Carrollton, TX

Palm Valley Animal Society

Edinburg, TX

Paws 4 Life

Bolton, CT

Pennsylvania SPCA - Danville Branch

Philadelphia, PA

Porter County Animal Shelter

Valparaiso, IN

The Sanctuary at Haafsville

Breinigsville, PA

SPCA of Brevard

Titusville, FL

Special Bunny

Carnation, WA

Stray Rescue of St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

Tails Adoptions

Delta, CO

Underdog Pet Rescue

Madison, WI

West Suburban Humane Society

Downers Grove, IL

Wise County Animal Shelter

Decatur, TX

Worcester Animal Rescue League

Worcester, MA

Dogs as blood donors!?

If you’ve ever donated blood, you understand just how easy it is and how life-saving it can be. Did you know your dog can donate too? There is a constant need for canine blood, for the same reasons human blood is such a precious commodity. It’s used to help sick and injured dogs, and can save a life when a pet needs surgery or a transfusion.

Canine blood only lasts about a month, so a constant supply is always in demand. There are five major canine blood types, with one type being a “universal donor” – the most sought after for donations. As with human blood, canine blood is tested to make sure the donor is disease-free. The donor dog also needs to have a calm temperament and be receptive to the idea (ie. not afraid during routine vet trips).

Typically the process of donating blood takes about 30-45 minutes…during which time the donor is shamelessly spoiled. Hugs, petting, treats and peanut butter provide a constant source of comfort and a much-earned “thank you”!

"I think that people are much more understanding these days of the fact that humans and animals have the same needs, medically speaking," said Jean Dodds, D.V.M., who founded Hemopet, an animal blood bank in California. There are quite a few other blood banks around the country. To find one near you, contact your local veterinarian, veterinary school, emergency animal clinic or check out the Humane Society of the US (humanesociety.org) for more information. Each state also has regulations that cover who can donate, so be sure to ask about those as well. This process might not be for everyone, or every dog that is. For those pups who are comfortable making this donation, they just might save a life!

Your Beautiful Creations!

Thank you from chicago animal care & control

   

"Thank you for the donation! Here is what one of the volunteers posted in our internal group: I arrived today and saw a bag of donated quilted blankets. It was such a welcoming gift for our dogs. The photo doesn't do these beautifully sewn and stitched quilts justice, but our dogs took notice! One of our newest arrivals, an owner surrender, curled up and fell asleep. I assure the group that donated these wonderful, cozy trimmed blankets, they were put to use! I was blown away, each blanket has a sewn border and decorative stitching. Someone really put love and time into each one."  

        

~ Chicago Animal Care & Control - Chicago, IL ~

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating well over 1,000 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!!!

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!

CFC Featured on Pet Life Radio

I was honored last month to be interviewed by Jody Miller-Young (pictured above), who has a wonderful show called "Bark and Swagger" on Pet Life Radio. It was my first radio interview, and the host and production staff couldn't have been nicer!

It was aired on June 23rd and it's now available on Spotify or by following this link:

Bark and Swagger!

I was able to explain our mission and brag about the beautiful blankets CFC volunteers make. I just love to spread the word on what we are accomplishing. Thank you to our volunteers for keeping CFC going and growing! 

Homeless pets on cfc blankets!

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Is it possible in 2020 to find joy in creating pet blankets? I can!

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Why we help shelter pets....

I hope that reading these comments, left by your fellow volunteers, will help you get to know them a bit and understand why we're such a strong team. Thank you to everyone who leaves comments! 

  • "It breaks my heart to see abandoned and mistreated animals because, first of all it is wrong, and secondly, fur babies are kind to us! So the least I can do is provide a bit of comfort for them. Hopefully the blankets will ease some of their anxiety by providing a little comfort." ~ Judee M. of Seattle, WA

  • "I have a dog and two cats, and they're all rescues. My parents would kill me if we adopt any more pets, so I'm trying to give back by knitting blankets. I've knitted blankets for my own kitties before, and they love them. I think pets in a shelter would appreciate something cozy and homemade more than my own cats do, because they don't have a permanent home. I want to give the homeless pets something soft and comforting." ~ Rosie L. of St. Louis, MO

  • "I can't rescue all the homeless pets but I can send a little comfort and kindness their way. I'm so grateful for your program! Thank you." ~ Stormy B. of McKinney, TX

  • "I have always wanted to donate crochet blankets but never really knew where I could, how I should go about it, etc. When I came across your website, I thought it was the perfect way to finally give back through my love of crochet. I think giving some snugly-comfort through a handmade blanket is sure to help the animals. I love being able to contribute to this cause and will, for sure, continue making blankets!" ~ Kyleen M. of Philadelphia, PA


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.