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Celebrating 14 years in business & 120,000+ FREE pet blankets donated to animal shelters!

since 2007 we have donated 122,173  blankets!

june blanket donations

1,541 Blankets

77 Shelters

26 States

  • We helped thousands of pets in June by donating a total of 1,541 blankets!
  • 77 different shelters, in 26 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!

Patriotic Pattern to try!

July seems like the perfect month to share this new crochet pattern. I really enjoyed creating it, though I did find it a bit of a challenge at times. Hope you enjoy it too!

Click here to download!

Thank you from good mews!

"Thank you so much for the blankets! Maui (above) loves his and we will send the rest home with the kitties when they get adopted!"

Good Mews Animal Foundation 

- Marietta, GA -

Why we help shelter pets....

I always enjoy reading the comments our volunteers leave on the website. It reminds me how lucky I am to serve on the CFC team. I hope you feel that as well!

  • "I love the idea of helping animals waiting for their forever home! I hope the blankets will be a comfort to the pets and I feel so much satisfaction in helping animals in need!" ~ Erin C. of Malden, MA 
  1. "I am a cat rescuer, but wanted to do more for the animals. I just love knowing I'm crafting for four legged babies. Crochet keeps me healthy mentally and physically." ~ Susan W. of East Stroudsburg, PA
  • "I think the blankets will comfort dogs and cats in their crates, and go home with them to their forever homes! I just love seeing pictures of the critters enjoying their blankies!" ~ Ellen F-P of Glendale Heights, IL 

  • "As much as I'd love to, I can't adopt all the homeless pets. Making and donating blankets is my small way to help some of the homeless pets. The rescue I support, seems to get a lot of abused/neglected dogs and dogs rescued from dog fighting rings. They do such a wonderful job, caring for the dogs they bring in. I hope the blankets give the dogs a little extra comfort and sense of knowing that not all people are bad. I love doing my part to help animals!" ~ Denise T. of Winston, GA 

Shelter "thank you's" to you!

Please enjoy these thank you notes, since they are sent to YOU from the many shelters we help each and every month!

  • "We at Missouri Wiggle Butts appreciate your generous gift of blankets for our pups. Your support helps us to further our mission to care for and find loving homes for dogs and puppies in need. Sincere thanks from all of the dogs, volunteers and fosters!" ~ Missouri Wiggle Butts - Boonville, MO
  • "Thank you so much for the box of handmade blankets we received at the shelter yesterday. We will certainly use them and very much appreciate your kindness."     ~ Wabash County Animal Shelter - Mt. Carmel, IL
  • "I'm a volunteer for AnimaLovers cat rescue group in NY. We received a donation of some handmade blankets and cat toys! I just wanted to thank you very much for thinking of us and our recue kitties. The blankets are beautiful and we really appreciate them!" ~ AnimaLovers - Rensselaer, NY
  • "Thank you for the blankets that you made for our cats! The cats at SARL are extremely lucky to have folks like you looking out for them. We loved the princess kitty drawing and your words of encouragement that you sent with the blankets, as well. 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 shelters, 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 for supporting our mission to provide compassionate care for the abandoned, injured and unwanted animals. Your donation has eased their transition into shelter life, and for that, we are incredibly thankful." ~ Salem Animal Rescue League - Salem, NH

July 2021 ~ Critter News

happy independence day!

There are many happy announcements this month, for which I am glad! I first want to welcome some much-needed help in the area of social media. Arlina Yang is joining the team as our first social media intern. She's a craft-enthusiast and pet-lover, who reached out to me to help boost our social media presence. We're blessed to have her skills helping our mission!

Speaking of blessings, I hope you'll read all four of the thank you notes this month, from the shelters we support. Please especially read the last one, from the Salem Animal Rescue League, since it really speaks to our mission and "why we do, what we do!"  And remember, these notes are all to YOU, for all your work and support.

We received further good news from a couple of great writers, who learned what we're doing and wanted to help us spread the word. Coverage in Country Woman Magazine and the Everyday Ways blog has resulted in numerous yarn donations, so we are really stocked up! We'll be able to make our blankets well into the winter with these wonderful supplies. You can read both articles in this issue.

On a final note, I encourage everyone to re-check the website list of shelters we support. Last month, some computer issues caused some of the shelters to be dropped from the list. I cross-checked everything, added many shelters back on, and the list should be 100% accurate now!

As always, I thank you for your help, patience, caring and support. Together we are comforting MANY critters!

Happy 4th of July!

Linda

Pets you are helping!

Shelters we supported in june

Adair County Humane SocietyKirksvilleMO
Alex's HouseRosaliaKS
Animal Friends of the ValleyWildomarCA
Animal House ShelterHuntleyIL
Animal Protective LeagueSpringfieldIL
Animal Rescue FoundationLisleIL
Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko CtyPiercetonIN
Ashland Animal Rescue FundAshlandKY
Boonville Animal ShelterBoonvilleMO
Cat TailsOcean Isle BeachNC
Cat Welfare AdvocatesSan JoseCA
Charlies ArmyPhiladelphiaPA
Clifton Animal ShelterCliftonNJ
Collin County Animal ServicesMcKinneyTX
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Constellation Cat CaféEast LansingMI
Danville-Boyle County Humane SocietyDanvilleKY
Dharma Rescue for Cats & DogsTorranceCA
Dumb Friends LeagueDenverCO
Faithful Friends Animal SanctuarySalisburyNC
Frankie's Friends Cat RescueNew KensingtonPA
Furry Friends NetworkCarlislePA
Golden Retriever Rescue of the RockiesArvadaCO 
Grabb Animal ShelterFultonMO
Granite State Dog RecoveryHooksettNH
Hawaiian Humane SocietyHonoluluHI
Headwaters Animal ShelterPark RapidsMN
Help the Animals, Inc.RichmondIN
Helping Paws Pet HavenHuntingtonIN
Hillside SPCAPottsvillePA
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
Hudson Valley Animal RescuePoughkeepsieNY
Humane Society of Marathon CountyWausauWI
Humane Society of Polk CountyCrookstonMN
Humane Society of Whitley CountyColumbia CityIN
Idaho Humane SocietyBoiseID
Jackson County Animal ShelterCottagevilleWV
Kenosha Forgotten FriendsKenoshaWI
KittyKindNew YorkNY
Lawrence County Humane SocietyLouisaKY
Little Traverse Bay Humane SocietyHarbor SpringsMI
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue FoundationFalls ChurchVA
Love Your Feral FelinesTemeculaCA
Marion County Animal ServicesOcalaFL
Miss Fannie's FriendsWichita FallsTX
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
Nebraska Humane SocietyOmahaNE
Osceola County Animal ServicesSaint CloudFL
Paws 4 LifeBoltonCT
PAWS ChicagoChicagoIL
PAWS HancockGreenfieldIN
PAWS of Grays HarborAberdeenWA
Pennsville Animal ShelterPennsvilleNJ
Piggles & Friends RescueWinchesterKY
Porter County Animal ShelterValparaisoIN
Red Door Animal ShelterChicagoIL
Safe Haven Dog RescueWheatonIL
Salem Animal Rescue LeagueSalemNH
Sanctuary at Haafsville (The)BreinigsvillePA
Seattle Area Feline RescueShorelineWA
Second Chance Animal ServicesEast BrookfieldMA
SPCA of Southwest MichiganOshtemoMI
Spokane Humane SocietySpokane WA
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Texas CARES Cat RescueProsperTX
Unleashed Pet RescueMissionKS
Urban Cat CoalitionWest AllisWI
Vincennes Animal ShelterVincennesIN
Virginia Beach SPCAVirginia BeachVA
Wagging Hearts RescueRound LakeIL
West Suburban Humane SocietyDowners GroveIL
Wisconsin H.S. - Ozaukee CampusSaukvilleWI
Wise County Animal ShelterDecaturTX
Worcester Animal Rescue LeagueWorcesterMA
Wright-Way RescueMorton GroveIL
Wyandot County Humane SocietyUpper SanduskyOH
YAPS /Yucaipa Animal Placement SocietyYucaipaCA

great reads for the summer!

Your Beautiful Creations!

CFC in Country Woman Magazine!

Check out the great coverage of Comfort for Critters in the June/July 2021 issue of Country Woman Magazine. It was such a delight, to be interviewed by the writer, Jill Gleeson. I am grateful for her great questions and for letting me "go on and on" about the wonderful volunteers we have and what a difference they are making. Thank you ALL!!!

Click on the article below to read it in PDF form.

 

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" e-book (crochet patterns) or a handmade blanket for your own pet!

Click here for details!

Homeless pets on cfc blankets!

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Thank you from chenango SPCA!

"I wanted to share a couple photos of your last box of blankets. Some of the cats like to pick their own blankets and then there is Monarch (shown below) who just loves to roll around on hers. For our newer and nervous cats, we spray the blanket with Feliway and soon we have a happy cat. Thank you and all your volunteers for all you do!"

Chenango SPCA 

- Norwich, NY -

Everyday Ways: Save your corner of the world

CFC was truly blessed this month to come to the attention of an amazing blogger, Cindy Shortall. Her blog, "Everyday Ways" covers groups that are working to make the world just a bit (or a lot!) better. She's a wonderful writer and the topics and groups she covers are always worth knowing! 

Read her blog about us 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!

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!

Introducing ... Arlina Yang!

"Hello, I'm Arlina Yang! I'm an incoming junior in high school in California, and I'm currently volunteering as the Social Media Intern for Comfort for Critters' social media accounts. Look to the bottom right corner, for "Arlina Designs," to see the social media posts I am creating for CFC.

Crocheting has always been my hobby to unwind after a stressful day at school, and graphic design is a skill that I had acquired for myself after some practice! I thought I could put my graphic design skills to good use for the CFC organization, since it has a cause that I believe in. I'm incredibly happy to take part in this organization in ways that I can. I hope that everyone has a fun time crafting today!"

Note from Linda: Arlina emailed me in June, wanting to get involved in our social media promotion and I jumped at the chance! She's proven to be a talented designer, hard worker and a joy to interact with. You'll see her expertise on our Facebook and Instagram posts, and she may even have a contest or two planned for our volunteers. 

Welcome Arlina, we're so happy to have you on the CFC team!!!

 

Pandemic Recovery – How volunteering can help!

Most of us who have ever contributed to a cause know firsthand how much is personally gained by volunteering one’s time or talents. It's hard to quantify sometimes, but for me it’s a clear feeling that “doing good” for the world is also “doing good” for me.

As the pandemic winds down and we all start to get back to our old lives, it occurred to me just how much volunteering could be the perfect antidote to the malaise many of us may be feeling. I easily came up with a handful of ways volunteering helps us. It doesn’t need to be for CFC or even an everyday occurrence. Each small act of kindness, can bounce right back into our own lives. I’ve seen it happen!

Positive Interaction with People – The pandemic both pushed us together and pulled us apart. Relationships strained a bit, as we all spent so much time together, but also pulled us into our own corners, with the thorny issues our country faced. Volunteering brings people together with common interests, shared goals, and like-minds. Even if it’s just online, it’s positive interaction with other people, at a time when that’s not always happening. It’s also a way to create brand new relationships, or strengthen your bond with people you already know. Working together, toward a common goal, can be powerful. It’s a way to finally find your “tribe”. Not the group you were born into, or the neighbors you live by, but those that really “get” you!

Empowerment for the Powerless – If there’s one consistent feeling I’ve had for the past year and a half it would be “powerless”. So much was happening and so many were hurting, but there was so little I could do. We were all left to just watch the news, as the experts tried to predict what was coming next. We would just do what we could to keep ourselves safe and help stop the spread of a deadly disease. 

Volunteering is precisely the opposite of powerless. It’s powerful in its ability to change people’s lives, pet’s lives, and volunteer’s lives. Whatever you do to volunteer, you are making a tangible change to the world, in a way that you choose, at a time of your choosing. Whether it’s for CFC or any other organization, all the power rests with the volunteers who visit with the homeless, stock the food pantry shelves or make blankets for shelter pets.

Feel Good Chemical? Yes, please! - Research has also uncovered scientific evidence that volunteering can truly make you feel great. When people donate to a cause, either financially or by volunteering their time, they trigger the Mesolimbic Dopamine System in their brain. This is the area of the brain that is responsible for “feelings of reward.” Triggering this area floods the brain with “feel-good” chemicals. Research I reviewed characterized it as a “helper’s high”. I say, "yes, please!"

Cuts Stress & Depression – Rates of depression have been on the rise for years in the US. The pandemic just made a bad situation worse. In 2019, roughly 9% of the adult US population was diagnosed as depressed, with that number rising to 28% in mid-2020. Ironically, while everything was falling apart last year, it was quite difficult to find opportunities to volunteer.

The summer of 2021 has opened up many more ways we can get out and help, for which I am grateful. Research, cited by the Mayo Clinic this year, has found that volunteering leads to lower rate of depression (especially in people over 65 years old), so I’m hopeful depression rates will fall drastically, and soon. If they land under 9%, due to everyone wanting to (and being able to) volunteer, that would be a real win!

Boost to You and Your Resume – Feelings of powerlessness can really do a number on one’s self-esteem. Research has found that people who volunteer have an overall higher self-esteem and a higher feeling of well-being. Experts attribute this to the connection you feel to the “cause” you are helping. As it achieves its goals, you’re achieving goals as well.

It’s also an accomplishment to include on anyone’s resume. With the tremendous loss of jobs we’ve experienced as a country, expanding one’s resume is always a good thing. Volunteering shows that you not only care, but that you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and put in the work required. It shows ambition, but also the characteristics of a team player. Win-win!

An interesting study was done in the United Kingdom, from 1996 to 2014. They interviewed nearly 70,000 people, and published their results last year in the “Journal of Happiness Studies”. They found that people who volunteered were in better health, both physically and mentally, than those who did not. People who volunteered more than others, experienced even greater benefits.

You may wonder, as did I, which came first? Did happier people volunteer more, or was volunteering making people happier? The researchers considered this, and accounted for the participants feelings of well-being at the start of the study. They really did find that people, no matter where they started, became happier over time if they volunteered. They also found that if someone started on the low end of the happiness scale, they ended up with more of a benefit from volunteering!

I’m thrilled to play a part in an organization that encourages volunteering and helps people reap the internal rewards of helping others and enhancing our great country. Thank you to our volunteers, supporters, and shelters. Together, we are making change happen!

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating well over 1,500-2,000 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!!!


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 & shelter worker.