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Comfort for Critters

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

since 2007 we have donated 120,632 blankets!

may blanket donations

2,014 Blankets

90 Shelters

28 States

  • We helped thousands of pets in May by donating a total of 2,014 blankets!
  • 90 different shelters, in 28 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!

Thank you from Good Mews!

"The Good Mews kitties would like to thank you for the blankets and toys you sent them. They are so beautiful and we are looking forward to sending them home with our adopted cats! The picture shows Gusty, enjoying his favorite one!"

~ Good Mews Animal Foundation in Marietta, GA ~

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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!

Shelter "thank you's" for you!

"I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your thoughtfulness in donating hand-made blankets to comfort our cats. Because of your kindness, we are able to show cats entrusted to us a little bit of extra comfort, as they await adoption to a new and loving home. We also send each cat home with their special blanket. On behalf of everyone here at the MCSPCA, thank you!" ~ Montgomery County SPCA in Conshohocken, PA

"Thank you for the fleece and knitted blankets for our kitties at Almost Home Foundation. The kitties have been enjoying them! Thank you so much and we appreciate your thoughtfulness for our kitties." ~ Almost Home in Bloomingdale, IL

"We received the blankets and we are already putting them to use! Thank you so much, we really appreciate it!" ~ Harley's Dream in Berthoud, CO 

"Thank you for your support and generous donation of cat toys and blankets. Your donation will directly impact the animals when they need comfort the most. Thank you for joining us in making the lives of homeless animals better." ~ Humane Society of Hancock County in Findlay, OH

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!

Fun & Easy Dog & Cat Toys

These toys are super easy to make and use materials (yarn and fleece) that are leftover, after making our amazing blankets. You can include these with the blankets you donate, or make them for your own pet. Click on either picture below to access the PDF file. Enjoy!

        

    

June 2021 ~ Critter News

Happy summer!

I want to start by wishing all the pet-dads out there a very happy Father's Day! I hope this month is a blessed one for each and every one of you.

I continue to check in with shelters, as I have time, and I'm finding more and more of them will start to return to "normal" this summer, especially with the new CDC guidance (no masks!) for those of us who are vaccinated.

I've heard from a few shelters that they're seeing an uptick in pets being returned, from adoptions which happened in 2020. I truly hope this is just a blip, and not a trend. It was something many of the shelters feared would occur, when we saw the spike in pet adoptions last year. In the end though, all we can do is our part, and try to provide comfort for all the pets who end up in shelters. Since we have already donated 10,000 blankets this year, we are truly making a difference and providing this comfort. Thank you all!

With that in mind, I'm shipping more boxes each month, and have a request for local volunteers who drop off blankets at CFC headquarters (ie. my home in Glen Ellyn, IL). Please try to limit the size of the majority of the blankets to roughly 20"-22" square. Since the cost of shipping keeps rising, anything going outside of IL/IN has to be in a 12" square box maximum. You'd be amazed how much the price spikes if just 1" is added to any side!

As I fill these smaller boxes I'm able to fit about 20 of the smaller blankets, but often only 5 of the larger ones. My solution has been to bag any dog-sized blankets and drive them to local shelters, but I can only do this a few times a month. So a greater focus on dropping off smaller blankets would be great!.

Of course, if you're personally dropping off blankets in IL (or any state) directly to a shelter, then any size is fine and will be appreciated. Thank you local volunteers, for making this change!

With gratitude and thanks,

Linda

Your Beautiful Creations!

Shelters we supported in may

Adair County Humane SocietyKirksvilleMO
ADOPTNapervilleIL
All 4 Animals RescueMishawakaIN
Almost Home BloomingdaleIL
Alton Area Animal Aid Assoc.GodfreyIL
Angels of AssisiRoanokeVA
Animal Friends of the ValleyWildomarCA
Animal House ShelterHuntleyIL
Animal Protective LeagueSpringfieldIL
Animal Rescue FoundationLisleIL
Animal Rescue of TracyTracyCA
Animal Welfare LeagueChicago RidgeIL
Boone County Animal CareColumbiaMO
Castaway CrittersHarrisburgPA
Cat Care SocietyLakewoodCO
Cat Welfare AdvocatesSan JoseCA
Catnap from the HeartLaGrange ParkIL
Chance at Life Cat RescueDumontNJ
Chenango SPCANorwichNY
Chicagoland Animal RescueLombardIL
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Dane County Humane SocietyMadisonWI
Delaware SPCANewakDE
Fayetteville Animal Protection SocietyFayettevilleNC
Feline FriendsAgawamMA
Feline Urgent RescueMaggie ValleyNC
Fetch Wisconsin RescueVeronaWI
Furrever Friends RescueCarol StreamIL
Golden Retriever Rescue of the RockiesArvadaCO 
Half-Way Home Animal RescueOrland ParkIL
Hinsdale Humane SocietyHinsdaleIL
Hope Animal ShelterIronwoodMI
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery CtyClarksvilleTN
Humane Society of Marathon CountyWausauWI
Humane Society of Putnam CountyGreencastleIN
Humane Society of UtahMurrayUT
Kendall County Animal ShelterYorkvilleIL
Kenosha Forgotten FriendsKenoshaWI
Kindred KittiesKenoshaWI
Last HopeFarmingtonMN
LEAD RescueChicagoIL
Little Victories Animal ShelterOnaWV
Love Your Feral FelinesTemeculaCA
Mini-MuttsGrand PrairieTX
Misty Eyes Animal CenterAvonIN
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
Naples Humane SocietyNaplesFL
Nevada SPCALas VegasNV
New Hampshire SPCAStrathamNH
Osceola County Animal ServicesSaint CloudFL
Palm Valley Animal SocietyEdinburgTX
PAWS - People's Animal Welfare SocietyTinley ParkIL
Paws 4 LifeBoltonCT
Paws and Whiskers Cat ShelterToledoOH
PAWS ChicagoChicagoIL
Porter County Animal ShelterValparaisoIN
Quincy Humane SocietyQuincyIL
Rhode Island SPCAEast ProvidenceRI
Rocket Cat ResueConcordCA
Ross County Humane SocietyChillicotheOH
Safe Haven Dog RescueWheatonIL
Salem Animal Rescue LeagueSalemNH
Sanctuary at Haafsville (The)BreinigsvillePA
Save Our Strays, Inc.LargoFL
SCRAPSSpokane ValleyWA
Scratching Post (The)CincinnatiOH
Second Chance Animal ServicesEast BrookfieldMA
Secondhand PurrsFranklin WI
Spartanburg Humane SocietySpartanburgSC
SPCA of Upstate New York (The)QueensburyNY
Spokane Humane SocietySpokane WA
St. Francis Society Animal RescueTampaFL
St. Johns County Pet CenterSt. AugustineFL
Stay-A-While Cat ShelterNorth RoyaltonOH
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Traveling TailsPalos HeightsIL
Tree House Humane SocietyChicagoIL
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
Wabash County Animal ShelterMt. CarmelIL
Wadena County Humane SocietyWadenaMN
Wagging Hearts RescueRound LakeIL
Washington Cty - Johnson City Animal ShelterJohnson CityTN
West Suburban Humane SocietyDowners GroveIL
Whiskers or Wags - Johnson Cty ASStaffordsvilleKY
Will County Humane SocietyShorewoodIL
Wisconsin Humane Society- Door Cty CampusSturgeon BayWI
Wise County Animal ShelterDecaturTX
Wright-Way RescueMorton GroveIL
Young at Heart Senior Pet AdoptionsWoodstockIL 

Pets you are helping!

Hong Kong Blankets!

Over the years we've received blankets from all 50 US states, but also from other countries. People from the UK, France, Canada and Lebanon have all participated! Now I get to add Hong Kong to that list.

I received these beautiful knit and crochet blankets this month from May Ng, who lives in the Kwun Tong district, of Kowloon, Hong Kong. This is one of 18 districts which make up this portion of Hong Kong. This is (according to my Googling) a heavily industrial area, with many factories dating back to the 1950's. It really warms my heart to know that our little group sometimes reaches literally across the world to other caring animal-lovers. May's creations will be appreciated by a shelter and loved by four little "critters"! 

Why we help shelter pets....

Thank you to everyone who helps our mission in any way! These comments were all left on our website by our volunteers, explaining why they love helping homeless pets! 

  • "I LOVE animals and want to add comfort, if possible, to their lives without adopting every one of them!! I hope the blankets will give them a sense, in some way, of feeling loved and cared for."  ~ Ruth J. of Whitwell, TN 
  • "I love animals, and I need to keep my hands busy. I recently retired and was looking for a way to spend my time. Your organization fit the bill. Now I can sit with my 2 chihuahua mix puppies in my lap, crochet and help other animals. It makes me feel good, and they love it too. I think the blankets will keep the puppies warm and make their transition to their forever home easier." ~ Stevie M. of Portland, TX

  • "I'm not able to have pets right now, but I want to do my part. I think having a warm cozy place to snuggle up is important to all creatures!" ~ Sally S. of Heber, UT

  • "I make blankets because I think the shelter pets will be able to sense that the blankets were made with love in every stitch!" ~ Theresa R. of Fredericksburg, VA 

  • "I hope the blankets will provide a soft or warm place to rest for animals who've been homeless - the blanket might be the first real thing an animal has. My dogs and cats are well fed, well cared for, basically spoiled. So my blankets are a small attempt to provide for animals waiting on furever homes. I usually work on a blanket when watching TV, so it keeps me from feeling like I've wasted every weeknight just watching TV!" ~ Denise T. of Winston, GA

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" ebook (crochet patterns) or a handmade blanket for your own pet!

Click here for details!

Heath Helps Homeless Pets!

I just love it when young people get involved with Comfort for Critters, and we've had many join the team over the past 14 years! This month we had Heath D. helping us from sunny California. Since he's part of the National Honor Society at his high school, he fulfilled his community service requirement, by making blankets for pets. He made 16 blankets total, with a perfect size of 24" x 27". These will be great for cats, rabbits and even small dogs, providing a lifetime of comfort.

I worked with his mom to sign up a local shelter for his blankets and found "Love Your Feral Felines". They are an amazing group of foster care homes in southern California. Volunteers are able to drop off blankets in four different cities throughout the area, which is just perfect. 

A big "thank you" goes to Heath for making lovely blankets and being part of the NHS! Even greater accomplishments are in his future, I'm sure! 

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Thank you from Spay & Stay

"Spay and Stay is very appreciative of the kitty beds that they use and take to their new home. This is Jenna, and she will have 2 children of her own and a nice dog in her new home. She looks smashing on this color, but all the beds are beautiful and well made. Thank you!"

~ Spay & Stay in Vernon Hills, IL

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating well over 2,000 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 & 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 and   shelter worker.

Diabetic Alert Dogs

These pups are a great example of the many blessings pets can bring into our lives. If you have a pet, you already know how much they’ve added to your own family…but service dogs really go above and beyond, working daily to make human lives better.

A dog’s powerful sense of smell is used in many interesting and surprising ways, to help us humans. Diabetic Alert Dogs (DADs) use their awesome gift to help with a disease that affects 25.8 million Americans (not to mention their families). That’s over 8% of the population. DADs are especially great for diabetic kids, allowing them to play independently, without needing constant parental supervision.

When a diabetic (Type 1 or 2) person has a hyper/hypoglycemic event (high/low blood sugar) their body produces substances which give off very specific scents. Humans can’t detect these odors, but our canine friends have no trouble discriminating them from the environment. These dogs are trained to not just recognize these smells, but react in a specific way, which warns their owner.

The training of these dogs can take one to two years, costs thousands, and is done by companies which specialize in this area. Trainers look for dogs who can track scents well, have a strong work ethic, and can be calm enough to live within a family. Certain breeds (Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Border Collies) are commonly used, but other breeds can be used if the dog has the right temperament. The perfect DAD combines excellent training and a well-suited dog, of many different breeds.

Costs for these service dogs start at $8,000 and can go up to $20,000. While they are expensive, their “real-time” reaction can be crucial to a diabetic in managing their condition.

So how do these amazing dogs do what they do? Dogs uniquely have the skill of “tasting” smells, and then categorizing scents, as they associate certain smells with specific human responses. Olfaction (the act of smelling) is a dog’s keenest sense, and about a thousand times more sensitive than that of humans. A dog has over 220 million olfactory (scent) receptors in its nose, while humans have only 5 million! In addition, one eighth of a dog’s brain is comprised of the olfactory center, which handles all this extra information. These dogs truly have a gift, and as working dogs, are eager to team up with a human and help. They are a great example of “comfort from critters”!

A shelter you should know ... paws chicago

PAWS Chicago is another great, local organization we've been supporting for years. They joined our program in 2013 and have received over 800 blankets from us since then. Last year alone, we donated 224 blankets to them.

They prefer fleece blankets, since they can give them to all their pets, so that's what we focus on sending them. Last year they added the requirement that we ship all our blankets (due to Covid) and we were happy to accommodate them. They do amazing work in a city that is dealing with many homeless cats and dogs.

I enjoyed wandering through the "Follow a Pet's Journey Through PAWS Chicago" feature on their website. It was an interesting recap of what they provide, starting with medical care for incoming pets, their shelter and series of foster homes, the behavioral enrichment they provide, and information on how they make it all work (ie. with lots of volunteers!). 

To learn more about this great shelter, check them out for yourself at www.pawschicago.org. Their website has lots of other great information and adorable pictures too!

  

The above kitty is enjoying their CFC blanket at PAWS Chicago!

PAWS Chicago ~ 1997 North Clybourn Avenue ~ Chicago ~ 773-935-7297