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Celebrating 15 years & 145,000+ comforted shelter pets!

shelter pets on cfc blankets!

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may blanket donations

2,201 Blankets

83 Shelters

28 States

  • We helped over two thousand pets in May by donating a total of 2,201 blankets!
  • 83 different shelters, in 28 states (and Canada) received our blankets, and most received a handful of toys as well!
  • These blessings were only possible, due to the 92 volunteers and supporters who helped. Thank you!

books to help you make blankets ... and help us ship our free blankets!

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Support our mission with the purchase of our pattern books: Crochet for Critters & Crochet for Your ComfortEach book has 30 crochet patterns that are perfect for pet blankets. Every purchase keeps us going and keeps us shipping our free blankets!

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just for laughs

What do you call a pile of kittens?

(Answer at the bottom of this page)

ANother new knitting pattern for you!

One of our great volunteers, Suzanne in Noblesville, IN, has created another knitting pattern to share. She loves that it creates very "cushy" blankets. Once again, thank you Suzanne!

Click here for the pattern!

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" ...

I hope you enjoy these thank you's to YOU, from the shelters we support!

  • "Thank you ever so much for generously donating that wonderful box of handmade blankets to our shelter and the pets we care for! We are humbled that you continue this inspiring program, and our adopters just LOVE when we send your blankets home with each pet. Thank you!" ~ The Humane Society of Elmore County in Wetumpka, AL
  • "Thank you so much for your donation of kitty blankets. We are so happy to receive them and we appreciate you taking time to make and donate these wonderful blankets. Peace!" ~ The Urban Cat Coalition in West Allis, WI
  • "Thank you so much for all the beautiful blankets you sent us. The animals will love them." ~ Prattville / Autauga Humane Society in Prattville, AL
  • "Thank you so much for the crocheted and fleece blankets - you sure know how to please our cats and dogs! They spent a nice, comfy holiday because of you! All of us at Satchel's are so appreciative that you and your organization thought to include us in your mission!" ~ Satchel's Last Resort Animal Shelter & Sanctuary in Sarasota, FL
  • "Please thank your wonderful volunteers for the beautiful blankets they make for our kitties here at Furkids! The blankets are beautiful and perfect!" ~ Furkids in Atlanta, GA

Welcome new shelters!

We continue to add new shelters, to the list of those we support, each and every month. Here are the latest ones to welcome!

If you you live, work or visit these areas, please consider helping them out with your beautiful blankets!

  • Humane Society of Sonoma County ~ Santa Rosa, CA
  • Hope for Brevard ~ Melbourne, FL
  • Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals ~ Nantucket, MA
  • Lake County Animal Services ~ Tavares, FL

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 send a thank you note.
  • 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 at 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 just one staff member! I do reply to every email, but it may take me a few days. Thanks!

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating 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 ask for a tax receipt and possibly write off the donation (please check with your tax professional).​​
  • You'll also get to hear firsthand how much the shelter staff appreciates the blankets. Thank you!!!

Just for Laughs answer...  

  Meowntain!

June 2022 ~ Critter News

144,072 blankets donated as of 5/31/2022!

Happy Summer!

Summer is a wonderfully busy time at animal shelters. It's also a great time at CFC, because we get many new people helping and it's much easier to ship our blankets without having to worry about rain and snow getting on the boxes! I'd like to take a moment to welcome everyone that has joined our mission and created blankets for the first time. Thank you also to the many new faces in our Facebook Group (The Comfort for Critters Team) or those who have "liked us" on Facebook. It's a great way to keep up-to-date on what we're doing.
 
Though most of our volunteers are women, I'd also like to thank the men who help by making blankets or helping "behind the scenes" by packing up boxes for volunteers, getting them to the post office, or accompanying the crafter as they drop them off at their nearby shelter. THANK YOU all and Happy Father's Day!
 
Despite the rising temperatures, animal shelters still need blankets. Most shelters run A/C during the summer, so the enclosures can get quite chilly. It's also wonderful to have something soft to lay on, whatever the temperature. I'm hearing that the shelters still have plenty of kittens (Kitten Season isn't over!) and are even getting pets returned to them, which were adopted during the pandemic. So our creations are needed and appreciated!
 
I've been getting a steady supply of blankets and supplies donated at "headquarters" (my home) as well. I truly appreciate the beautiful creations that I'm receiving. I wanted to remind everyone that I can only accept new, handcrafted items. I'm getting more and more used pet beds, large bedspreads and old pillows dropped off. I don't have the funding to ship any of these items and our mission is to provide new, handmade items crafted specifically for pets. Thank you for keeping this in mind, as you donate!
 

Wishing us all peace & joy this Summer,

Linda 

 

Pets you are helping!

Shelters we supported in may

ADOPTNapervilleIL
All About the Cats RescueLake WorthFL
Almost Home KenneyvilleIL
Animal Care LeagueOak ParkIL
Animal Friends of the ValleyWildomarCA
Animal Protection Society of DurhamDurhamNC
Animal Protective Assoc. of MissouriSt. LouisMO
Animal Protective LeagueSpringfieldIL
Animal Rescue League of IowaDes MoinesIA
Animal Rescue of TracyTracyCA
Animal Welfare AssociationVoorheesNJ
Aurora Animal Control ShelterAuroraIL
Austin Humane SocietyAustinTX
Baltimore Humane SocietyReisterstownMD
Beaver County Humane SocietyAliquippaPA
BideaweeWesthamptonNY
Capital Humane SocietyLincolnNE
Casper Humane SocietyCapserWY
Cat Care SocietyLakewoodCO
Chance at Life Cat RescueDumontNJ
Chicago Animal Care & ControlChicagoIL
City CrittersNew YorkNY
Collin County Animal ServicesMcKinneyTX
Colonial Capital Humane SocietyNew BernNC
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Critical Care for Animal AngelsByronGA
Dumb Friends LeagueDenverCO
EARS - Englewood Animal Rescue SanctuaryEnglewoodFL
Fat Cat RescueNorth ChicagoIL
Feline Finish Line RescueBethlehemPA
Frankie's Friends Cat RescueNew KensingtonPA
Furrever Friends RescueCarol StreamIL
Furry Friends Animal ShelterBarrie, OntarioCanada
Furry Friends NetworkCarlislePA
Give Purrs a ChanceBerkeley SpringsWV
Golden Retriever Rescue of the RockiesArvadaCO 
Good Mews Animal FoundationMariettaGA
Granite State Dog RecoveryHooksettNH
Grundy County Animal Control ShelterMorrisIL
HALO RescueSebastianFL
Hope for BrevardMelbourneFL
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & SanctuaryArlingtonNY
Humane Society of Elmore CountyWetumpkaAL
Humane Society of Fremont CountyCanon CityCO
Humane Society of Marathon CountyWausauWI
Last HopeFarmingtonMN
Lawrence County Humane Society New CastlePA
McKamey Animal CenterChattanoogaTN
Monroe County Animal ShelterMadisonvilleTN
Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for AnimalsNantucketMA
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
North Shore Animal League AmericaPort WashingtonNY
North Texas Cat RescueMcKinneyTX
Oakland County Animal ShelterPontiacMI
Our Companions Animal RescueAshfordCT
PAWS - Pet Animal Welfare SocietyNorwalkCT
Paws 4 LifeBoltonCT
PAWS ChicagoChicagoIL
Pennsylvania SPCA - Danville BranchPhiladelphiaPA
Polk County Animal ShelterWinter Haven FL
Prairie Paws RescueJamestownND
Prattville Autauga Humane SocietyPrattvilleAL
Pulaski County Humane SocietySomersetKY
Purrfect Cat RescueCrystal LakeIL
Random RescueChelseaVT
Royce's RescuesRichboroPA
Saint Spiro Cat RescueFresh MeadowsNY
Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption CenterAransas PassTX
Santa Paula Animal Rescue CenterSanta PaulaCA
Saving Paws Animal Rescue, Inc.AppletonWI
Second Hand PurrsFranklin WI
Shelter from the StormMadison WI
Southeast Kansas Humane SocietyPittsburgKS
Spay & StayVernon HillsIL
SPCA of Brevard CountyTitusvilleFL
SPCA of Wake CountyRaleighNC
St. Francis Animal ShelterBuffaloWY
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
Wadena County Humane SocietyWadenaMN
West Suburban Humane SocietyDowners GroveIL
Young at Heart Senior Pet AdoptionsWoodstockIL 

Wild cats in the us!

I know many of us share our homes with house cats, but I wasn’t aware that we also share our land with a variety of wild cats. Ocelots, Bobcats, the Canadian Lynx and even Mountain Lions roam our country, and may be closer to where you live, or hike, then you think. I learned that the hard way when a full grown Mountain Lion surprised by youngest son as he was night fishing at our local forest preserve. As an avid outdoorsman (even at 16 years old) he was able to respond correctly to the approaching cat and encourage it to head off in a different direction!

These four species of wild cats still inhabit portions of the US and are beauties to behold!

The Ocelot – This wild cat is the rarest in the US, living only in the extreme southern parts of Texas. They are classified as “endangered” and have a unique coat (even among wild cats). Ocelot kittens get off to a slow start, beginning life totally blind. After a month or so their eyes will open, just as the various colors begin to develop on their gorgeous fur. They end up three feet long, head-to-tail, and about double the size of a house cat.

The Canadian Lynx – This wild cat is also about double the size of a house cat, and thankfully not on the endangered species list. They are considered “threatened,” and currently only live in the far northern US states along the Canadian border. They are mostly found in Maine, Minnesota, Washington and Colorado.

They make sounds which are quite similar to a house cat, including purring, meowing, hissing and even growling. As a rule, they stick with their somewhat limited territory, since 90% of their diet is snowshoe hares. Interestingly, the hares are only hunted by these wild cats. This unique predator-prey connection ties their population size closely together. When hares are abundant, the lynx are as well!

The Bobcat - This critter is the most common wild cat in the US. They are found in virtually every US state, including forests, swamps, deserts, mountains and farmland. 

They get their name from their short, or “bobbed” tail, so they’re easy to identify. Unlike the Lynx, they have a varied diet, depending on what food sources are in the area. Their resourcefulness has boosted their population to 2.3-3.5 million in the US alone. Their life though is not perfect, with threats coming from habitat loss and humans who hunt them for their fur. However, they can run 30 miles per hour, so hopefully their numbers will endure.

The Mountain Lion – When my son reported his sighting to the authorities, they insisted he saw a house cat or one of the smaller wild cats. Once I learned a bit about the size of the mountain lion, I knew we was correct in his identification. These wild cats are large! Females are 7 feet long and weigh 90 pounds, while males can reach 8 feet and 150 pounds!

They live coast-to-coast in the US, roaming forests, prairies, deserts and even swamps. Fortunately, they too are not endangered, but are considered “threatened”. One interesting aspect of this cat is the wide variety of names that denote the same animal. Mountain Lions are also called Cougars, Florida Panthers, Pumas and Catamounts. This is likely because they are found all across our country, so each region developed its own name for this feline. Each large Mountain Lion has its own large territory, covering up to 125 square miles!

The Mountain Lion is a beautiful critter, who lives a solitary life. They spend their time alone, except during breeding and when a mother lion is caring for her young. I was thankful for that, as one, not a group, approached my son. In the end, it made for an interesting story, and both lived to hunt, and fish, another day!

Your Beautiful Creations!

Why we help shelter pets...

These comments convey why we do, what we do! I'm sure every volunteer finds these sentiments to be very familiar. Whatever you do to help us and help pets....please know that you are making a difference. Thank you!

  • "I'm a dog lover that likes to crochet in the evenings to de-stress. When I found out about Comfort for Critters I thought it would be the perfect match. I get to crochet and a shelter animal will wind up with their very own blanket while in the shelter that gets to go home with them when adopted. A win-win situation!!! I also think these blankets are a good way to try out new patterns and grow as a crocheter." ~ Analynn P. in Albert Lea, MN
  • "My love bug Prudence has brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined. I adopted her from a shelter and want to give back and provide comfort to any animal in a shelter. I encourage everyone to please give what they can. If feels so good!" ~ Robin H. in Hudson, MA

  • "I make blankets to comfort the pets while they wait for their forever home and to help showcase them to prospective adopters. Who doesn't like a kitten or cat lounging on a pretty blanket?" ~ Catherine J. in Mays Landing, NJ

  • "It warms my heart to donate crocheted blankets for the (dog only) shelter I support. I see how much my two dogs (one is a rescue) love laying their heads on the blankets Mom made with love." ~ Geni O. of Channahon, IL

  • "I make blankets so that the shelter cats feel the love and prayers with the blanket. I happen to have 3 rescue cats myself. Doing this honors the furbabies I have lost over the years. These furbabies need love and support, until they find their forever homes.~ Gabriela M. in Virginia Beach, VA 

Make your dog's old toys, new again!

If you think your dog’s attention span for new toys is measured in minutes, you’re right. On average, dogs lose interest in a new toy after 2-3 minutes of play. Of course some toys become “favorites”, but too many of them end up under the couch or off in a corner, forgotten.

There are ways to bring these forgotten toys back to life, and make them “like new” to your pup.

  • Introduce a new smell to the toys by rolling them in the grass or in dried leaves. You can also sprinkle them with certain scents, which are safe for your dog. Spices like cinnamon, ginger, green tea, parsley and basil are all appropriate for your dog. Stay far away from spices like cocoa, nutmeg, paprika and salt. When in doubt, you can always ask your veterinarian for suggestions.
  • To boost interest, you can also add just a dab of peanut butter to a toy. Don’t put too much, or your dog might think it’s a snack! You can also put a toy in a large zip lock bag with a handful of smelly dog treats. After a day or so your dog will be able to smell the treat on the toy, even when it’s removed from the bag, which is sure to make it more interesting!
  • The opposite tactic also works! As long as a toy is washable, drop it in the dishwasher or washing machine. Simply cleaning it to remove the smells it has absorbed, will make it appear as a new toy to your pup.
  • Choose a toy you know your dog likes and put it away where they can’t see or smell it. Bring it out only at certain times, for instance, when you sit down to watch TV at night. Let them have a nighttime-playtime with the toy. Tuck it away again, when playtime is over. By not having this toy accessible all day long, it will be much more enticing!
  • A similar idea is known to all parents of two-legged kids. Simply do not make available to your dog all the toys you have given them! Divide the toys between various rooms and tuck at least one-third of them away. Every other week or so, rotate the toys to different rooms and put away a new group!
  • A final idea will get you really involved! A toy will be much more interesting if it’s dangling from your hand, or you’re playing keep-away with it! So engage your dog in some fun playtime and get active with their toys yourself. They are sure to join in!

Dogs, in the end, are very much like four-footed kids. They enjoy the novelty of something new, and sometimes the packaging is more interesting! Research has shown that once a dog is completely familiar with the look or smell of something, they move on to something more stimulating. Let’s outsmart these pooches, helping them to see, and smell, their old toys in a new light!

Thank you from Wright-way rescue!

"Thank you so much for the hand made blankets for our pups! These are some going-home photos with the pups and their special blankets made with love!"  ~ Wright-Way Rescue ~ Morton Grove, IL ~

               

               

Comfort for Critters

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.