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Celebrating 14 years in business & 119,000+ FREE pet blankets donated to animal shelters!

since 2007 we have donated 118,618  blankets!

april blanket donations

2,339 Blankets

87 Shelters

25 States

  • We helped thousands of pets in April by donating a total of 2,339 blankets!
  • 87 different shelters, in 25 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!

New "spiked" crochet pattern to try 

Ignore the "spikes" in the name, this pattern creates "comfy spikes" that pets will appreciate. It's fast to work up too. Enjoy!

Click here for the pattern!

Thank you from good mews!

"The Good Mews kitties would like to thank you for the beautiful blankets you sent. Attached is a picture of Esi, modeling it! We will be sure to send the blankets home with our adopted kitties."

Good Mews Animal Foundation 

- Marietta, GA -

Why we help shelter pets....

Enjoy these comments from your fellow volunteers on why they love crafting to help homeless pets!

  • "If I could adopt all the homeless animals I would! But since that's obviously not realistic, I want to help bring a little bit of warmth and comfort during their time in the shelter. This is such a rewarding cause. I am so happy to be playing a small role in brightening the lives of homeless cats and dogs." ~ Nicki of Wheaton, IL 
  • "I LOVE animals! I am not able to provide a foster home at this time and I've been trying to figure out a way to help abused and homeless animals. I think the blankets will help as they share my love for the animals and giving them the security and comfort of a blanket." ~ Pam W. of Minneapolis, MN
  • "It gives me something to do while watching TV in the evening, and I love kitties, cats and dogs. I hope this gives them a little sense of security. My own two cats, along with my daughter's 3 cats all love wrapping up in the blankets I have made for them....hope that's an indication of what these orphans may do." ~ Pam S. of Belgrade, MT 

  • "I love helping any shelter that cares for all these animals. I need to keep my hands busy when sitting and watching TV or just chatting with a friend. The shelter was happy to receive the blankets which were both fleece and some knitted ones. They will use them in foster homes as well as with the pregnant cats when they deliver their kittens." ~ Rita T. of Alexandra, VA 

May 2021 ~ Critter News

happy mother's day everyone!

First of all Happy Mother's Day! I hope every mom out there enjoys a relaxing day on May 9th, surrounded by the people and pets that make her smile.

Speaking of motherhood, it is now officially "Kitten Season". I'm hearing from numerous shelters that they are receiving kittens and are in need of more blankets! Since we donated over 2,300 in April, we are meeting some of that need, but there's more work to do. If you're in the Chicago area, please consider dropping off your blankets directly to one of the shelters we support, rather than to me. All the local shelters are in need, and it'll get the blankets to them much faster!

If you're out of state, and donating to your local shelter, please let me know. If they're not on our list, I can try to sign them up. If they are on the list, it helps to know they are receiving blankets locally, so that I don't ship them a box, when another shelter may be more in need.

Thanks so much to everyone for helping our mission and staying in touch. I love hearing from you and seeing our "little group" grow and grow!

Happy Mother's Day!

  Linda

Pets you are helping!

Shelters we supported in april

4 Paws RescuePeoriaAZ
Adams County Humane SocietyFriendshipWI
ADOPTNapervilleIL
Almost Home BloomingdaleIL
Angels of AssisiRoanokeVA
Animal Care Centers of NYCBrooklynNY
Animal Care LeagueOak ParkIL
Animal Care ServicesSan AntonioTX
Animal Friends of the ValleyWildomarCA
Animal Protective Assoc. of MissouriSt. LouisMO
Animal Rescue FoundationLisleIL
Animal Welfare LeagueChicago RidgeIL
Asheville Humane SocietyAshevilleNC
Ashland Animal Rescue FundAshlandKY
Aurora Animal Control ShelterAuroraIL
Azrael's PlaceLyonsIL
Beaver County Humane SocietyAliquippaPA
Bowling Green/Warren Cty Humane SocietyBowling GreenKY
Cat Care SocietyLakewoodCO
Cat Welfare AdvocatesSan JoseCA
Catnap from the HeartLaGrange ParkIL
Chenango SPCANorwichNY
Chicago Animal Care & ControlChicagoIL
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Constellation Cat CaféEast LansingMI
Contented CrittersMakinenMN
Critter CampGerman ValleyIL
Cumberland Valley Animal ShelterChambersburgPA
Feline Finish Line RescueBethlehemPA
Feline FriendsOlympiaWA
Fox Valley Animal Welfare LeagueNorth AuroraIL
Fur Angels Animal SanctuaryAuroraIL
Furrever Friends RescueCarol StreamIL
Furry Friends NetworkCarlislePA
Half-Way Home Animal RescueOrland ParkIL
HALO RescueSebastianFL
Harmony House for CatsChicagoIL
Hawaiian Humane SocietyHonoluluHI
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
Humane HavenBolingbrookIL
Humane Society of Central IllinoisNormalIL
Humane Society of Greater NashuaNashuaNH
Humane Society of Hancock CountyFindlayOH
Humane Society of Manatee CountyBradentonFL
Humane Society of SarasotaSarasotaFL
Idaho Humane SocietyBoiseID
Jellystone Bark's Rescue RangersYorkvilleIL
Just AnimalsMazonIL
Kane County Animal ShelterGenevaIL
Kansas City Pet ProjectKansas CityMO
Kendall County Animal ShelterYorkvilleIL
Kenosha Forgotten FriendsKenoshaWI
Last HopeFarmingtonMN
Lawrence County Humane Society New CastlePA
Little Paws to the RescueElmhurstIL
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue FoundationFalls ChurchVA
Lulu's Locker RescueChicagoIL
Miss Fannie's FriendsWichita FallsTX
Monroe County Animal ShelterMadisonvilleTN
Mountain City Animal ShelterMountain CityTN
Ohio County Animal ShelterTriadelphiaWV
PAWS - Pet Animal Welfare SocietyNorwalkCT
Paws & ClawsHackensackMN
Paws 4 LifeBoltonCT
Polka Dogz Pet RescueOaklandFL
Portsmouth Humane SocietyPortsmouthVA
Purrfect Cat RescueCrystal LakeIL
Riverside SPCARiversideRI
Rover RescueNorth AuroraIL
Royce's RescuesRichboroPA
Salem Animal Rescue LeagueSalemNH
(The) Sanctuary at HaafsvilleBreinigsvillePA
Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption CenterAransas PassTX
Southeast Kansas Humane SocietyPittsburgKS
Spay & StayVernon HillsIL
SPCA of Brevard CountyTitusvilleFL
Starfish Animal RescueBataviaIL
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Texas CARES Cat RescueProsperTX
Union County Animal Control ShelterBunbcombeIL
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
West Suburban Humane SocietyDowners GroveIL
Western Illinois Animal RescueMonmouthIL
Will County Humane SocietyShorewoodIL
Wise County Animal ShelterDecaturTX
Wright-Way RescueMorton GroveIL
Young at Heart Senior Pet AdoptionsWoodstockIL 

Your Beautiful Creations!

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!

Homeless pets on cfc blankets!

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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!

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!

Shelter "thank you's" to you!

Here are just a few of the thank you notes I receive, but they are for YOU!

  • "CFC Volunteers - Thank you so much for yet another awesome box of blankets for our shelter animals." ~ Wabash County Animal Shelter - Mt. Carmel, IL
  • "Thank you for your very generous donation of handmade blankets to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. It was very much appreciated and will help to care for the many homeless pets we have here at the shelter. Thank you for caring for the animals!"  ~ Humane Society of the Ohio Valley - Marietta, OH
  • "Our resident cat Thatcher and all the cats at BAHS are very happy to have these wonderful soft handmade blankets donated to them. Thank you for all the hard work you do to keep our shelter cats comfortable while waiting for their forever homes. And the cats can even take the blanket home with them when they get adopted!" ~ Boone Area Humane Society - Boone, IA

Kitten Season is Here!

I’ll admit that “Kitten Season” sounds like my idea of Heaven, but to animal shelters across the country it sounds quite different (ie. “Feline Breeding Season”). This is the time of year, that high volumes of kittens begin showing up at animal shelters. It comes after the weather begins to warm up, and about 60 days after adult female cats go into heat. Typically running March through October, it’s a long season, and a tremendous strain on even large, well-funded shelters.

As animal shelters begin to get orphaned kittens in Spring, their limited resources can quickly become used up. Neonatal kittens (birth to 4 weeks) are the most vulnerable. They often don’t eat on their own, and must even be helped to go potty. Raising these extremely young, abandoned kittens requires hands-on, round the clock, care. These kittens, if left in the wild, can also become pregnant at just 4 or 5 months old. With a 60 day gestation period, and a litter of up to 8 kittens at a time, the number of orphaned kittens increases exponentially. A single, unaltered female cat can give birth to 100 kittens during her reproductive life!

CFC tries to get as many blankets to shelters during this peak time, as a way of comforting these little lives and showing our support to these wonderful, caring shelters. Another way we can all help, is to clearly know what to do if we come across kittens in the wild.

Most well-meaning people, when they come upon a group of newborn kittens, will assume they’ve been abandoned by their mother. They will kindly gather them up and rush them to their nearest animal shelter. This is often the opposite of what’s needed.

The best course of action is to first make sure the mother is truly gone. Experts advise that if the kittens are “clean and quiet” the mom is likely just off hunting for food, and she will return (likely after you leave!). If the kittens are very dirty and incessantly crying, it may be time to intervene. Just watch closely, checking in over the next 10-12 hours, to see if the mom returns. If she does, then it’s a good idea to contact your local TNR program, so that the kittens can be spayed/neutered when it’s appropriate. If the mom doesn’t return, they do need immediate help from your local shelter.

Of course another way to help is to “adopt and not shop”, meaning adopt a kitten or cat from an animal shelter, rather than buying them from a pet store or breeder. This will also ensure that your new family member will be spayed/neutered.  If you have extra time, this is the perfect time of year to volunteer at your local shelter, support the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program in your community or even provide foster care for a group of kittens!

Whatever you do to help will be appreciated by the organization you are supporting and will literally help save the lives of kittens and cats. Thank you for caring!

Get fit - walking your dog!

Dogs can truly be the best companion to keep you fit. Think of them as a treadmill with fur….but one that will plead to be used and then reward you with a wagging tale and happy grin. Generally speaking, treadmills just don’t do that.

Study after study provides the data that a simple daily walk with your dog can, and will, help you get fit. A study of 5,000 Britons even found that people who own dogs get more exercise than people with gym memberships!

Here are a few more statistics to get you to lace up those sneakers:

  • Harvard Health Publications reports that public housing residents, who walked their dogs for 20 minutes a day, five days a week, lost over 14 pounds in a year. That’s without a single change to their diet.
  • The University of Missouri showed in a study that the same 100 minutes of dog-walking exercise a week produced a 14 pound weight loss in a bit under a year.
  • Dog owners in a University of Michigan study were shown to be 34% more likely to meeting their personal fitness goals, by walking their dog for at least 150 minutes per week.
  • The American College of Sports Medicine found that pet owners, who walked their pets just 25 minutes a week, had lower Body Mass Index scores, than non-walkers.

On top of the beneficial weight-loss results, participants in these studies found that they actually looked forward to taking their dog on a walk, rather than coming up with excuses to stay home from the gym. The participants also reaped many other benefits, including fresh air, a mental boost, socialization and of course the chance for a big sloppy kiss at the end. One more thing treadmills simply don’t do!

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating well over 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.