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~ Celebrating 13 Years & 107,000+ FREE Pet Blankets ~

since 2007 we have donated 106,538  blankets!

october blanket donations

1,357 Blankets

63 Shelters

26 States

  • We helped hundreds of pets in October, by donating a total of 1,357 blankets!
  • 63 different shelters, in 26 states & Canada, 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 crochet pattern to try!

This is a flexible pattern that works up quickly and lets you put little "pops" of color wherever you like. I hope you'll give it a try!

Click here for the pattern!

Thank you from Good Mews

"We received the blankets and they are great! Thank you so much. Our kitties will be so happy to have a cute blanket now and when they go to their new homes. This picture is Freda. Thanks again!"

Good Mews Animal Foundation 

- Marietta, GA -

New way to help!

If you're looking for another way to help animal shelters, and especially the wonderful people who work and volunteer there, here's a new idea. It was suggested by Lynn H. of Hallsville, MO, who's been a supporter and volunteer since early in 2019. Lynn has made many blankets, donated an unbelievable amount of yarn to our mission, and is always looking for new ways to help homeless pets and animal shelters.

She began sending me coloring pages last year, which she finished with a hand written thank you note to the shelter workers. I include a page from Lynn with every single box I ship out. If you'd like to color pages to include with your drop offs, or even send them to me, I've put together a packet to get you started. Click here to download it! Of course, any coloring page would work, just be sure to add a personal note!

Coloring is a wonderful & popular relaxation activity for adults. I recently read in a health & wellness magazine, "Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day." If you're like me, calming one's mind, is now a part time job. So I truly hope this will be a rewarding and helpful activity for you! If you have kids at home, it'd be a great way to get them involved too! Give it a try and have fun being creative in a new way!

Shelter "thank you's"!

I hope these comments, direct from the great shelters which receive our blankets, bring a bit of joy to your day. Thank you to everyone for making these donations possible!

  • "All of us were thrilled with our surprise package of beautiful cat (or dog) comforters. We appreciate your support and, of course, the blankets which you give us are taken home at adoptions, along with a homemade toy!"  ~ Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary - Englewood, FL
  • "Thank you so much for the wonderful package of blankets and cat toys. We truly appreciate your support!" ~ Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary - German Valley, IL
  • "Just like Christmas! What a great surprise to open the box filled with wonderful, cozy comfort for our 'kids'. The handiwork is amazing - such patience and skill and everything so wonderfully washable. My staff opened, and folded, and loved every piece. We have loads of kittens, and they will now thrive in comfort. I can't thank you enough!!"  ~ Assisi Animal Foundation - Crystal Lake, IL
  • "Thank you so much for the blankets. We will love using them and then send them home with new families! It is so kind of your group to think of us and our critters!" ~ New Hanover Humane Society - Wilmington, NC

Thank you from chenango SPCA

"Your last box of blankets came just in time for a new batch of kittens. I hope the photos make you smile!" 

Chenango SPCA - Norwich, NY

November 2020 ~ Critter News

LEt's all give thanks!

Despite how crazy this year has been, I remain hopeful and thankful. It's taken a bit more effort on my part, but so worth it. One of the true blessings in my life is Comfort for Critters. So this Thanksgiving I'll be giving thanks for every volunteer and every supporter. However your Thanksgiving takes shape, I hope it's filled with love, laughter and many furry friends!

As we move into the winter months, it's a busy time for CFC. In this issue you'll find a suggestion that supporters "adopt" their local shelter, create coloring pages to bring cheer to shelter workers and a request for Chicago area volunteers to donate some of their blankets to a shelter (rather than all to me). These are all ideas to keep us moving forward and helping shelters, pets and the people that care for them. Thank you for giving these ideas some thought!

I continue to sign up new shelters, each and every week. I also spend much of the winter reaching out to all the shelters on our list, to keep their information accurate. So please check the list (you can find it here) each time you donate blankets, since something may have changed. If you ever have a question or concern, feel free to email me!

 Hoping your Thanksgiving is happy!

Linda

Pets you are helping!

Shelters we supported in october

4 Paws RescuePeoriaAZ
ADOPTNapervilleIL
Almost Home BloomingdaleIL
Animal Care LeagueOak ParkIL
Animal Care ServicesSan AntonioTX
Animal Friends of WestmorelandYoungwoodPA
Animal Protective LeagueSpringfieldIL
Animal Rescue FoundationLisleIL
Animal Welfare LeagueChicago RidgeIL
Asheville Humane SocietyAshevilleNC
Aurora Animal Control ShelterAuroraIL
Austin Humane SocietyAustinTX
Capital Area Humane SocietyLansingMI
CARE of Dutchess CountyWappingers FallsNY
Cat Crew RescueOradellNJ
CatVandoMaywoodIL
Charlies ArmyPhiladelphiaPA
Chenango SPCANorwichNY
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Constellation Cat CaféEast LansingMI
Contented CrittersMakinenMN
Dane County Humane SocietyMadisonWI
Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption CtrVictoriaTX
DuPage Animal Control ShelterWheatonIL
Feline Finish Line RescueBethlehemPA
Frankie's Friends Cat RescueNew KensingtonPA
Golden Retriever Rescue of the RockiesArvadaCO 
Good Mews Animal FoundationMariettaGA
Greenville County Animal CareGreenvilleSC
Headwaters Animal ShelterPark RapidsMN
Hinsdale Humane SocietyHinsdaleIL
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
Humane Rescue AllianceWashingtonDC
Humane Society of Polk CountyCrookstonMN
Jellystone Bark's Rescue RangersYorkvilleIL
Kenosha Forgotten FriendsKenoshaWI
Kindred KittiesKenoshaWI
Lawrence County Humane SocietyNew CastlePA
Miss Fannie's FriendsWichita FallsTX
Misty Eyes Animal CenterAvonIN
Mobile County Animal ShelterMobileAL
Monroe County Animal ShelterMadisonvilleTN
Nanaimo SPCANanaimo, BCCanada
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
Nebraska Humane SocietyOmahaNE
New Hanover Humane SocietyWilmingtonNC
North Texas Cat RescueMcKinneyTX
Pawmetto LifelineColumbiaSC
PAWS - Pet Animal Welfare SocietyNorwalkCT
PAWS of Grays HarborAberdeenWA
Pennsylvania SPCA - Danville BranchPhiladelphiaPA
Pulaski County Humane SocietySomersetKY
Safe Haven Dog RescueWheatonIL
(The) Sanctuary at Haafsville BreinigsvillePA
Save Our Strays, Inc.LargoFL
Secondhand PurrsFranklin WI
St. Francis Society Animal RescueTampaFL
Stay-A-While Cat ShelterNorth RoyaltonOH
Stray Rescue of St. LouisSt. LouisMO
Underdog Pet RescueMadisonWI
Unleashed Pet RescueMissionKS
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
Wisconsin Humane Society- Door CtySturgeon BayWI
  
   

"Adopt" a shelter near you!

As we add more and more shelters, I continue to encourage volunteers to donate their blankets locally, rather than sending their blankets to me. This obviously helps keep my huge postage bill manageable, but it also brings many other benefits.

With this in mind, I’m grateful that some volunteers have really taken it a step further, to basically “adopt” their local shelter! These volunteers will donate all the blankets they make to a shelter in their town. They often add toys, donate other items from the shelter’s “wish list”, and even volunteer at the shelter. However, to adopt a shelter, you don’t need to do all that! Simply focusing your donations on helping a nearby facility is enough!

It’s a great idea that’s worth sharing, so here are the steps you can take to adopt a shelter near you. You may want to fully implement this when things are back to normal (2021?). But you can get started now and see where it goes!

Step One – Check out our website list to find the shelter that is closest to you. If you don’t find one that is close enough to drive to, let me know and we’ll work together to find one. If you send me your zip code I can usually find a few nearby shelters. I’ll contact them and try to sign them up for our free program.

Step Two – Make a batch of blankets, at your own pace. If you know of other people who would like to get involved that’s great too. Have them create blankets and give them to you for drop off. They can leave their blankets outside your front door, for no-contact drop offs.

Step Three - Once a shelter is officially in our program I always have a contact name. So just drop off your blankets, marked to that person’s attention. Once things are back to normal you could stop in and introduce yourself. If you call ahead, that usually works best!

Step Four – Once you’ve made a few donations to the shelter and have met your contact, you can feel free to ask if they’d allow you to put a donation bin in their lobby for yarn and fleece donations. Many of the shelters will allow this, as long as you provide the bin and empty it when you drop off blankets.

Step Five – Once you have a specific shelter that you’re helping, it’s much easier to ask for material donations via social media, or at your local library (with a donation bin), etc. You could even put an article in your neighborhood newsletter or local newspaper telling them what you’re doing!

Please don’t get overwhelmed with all these steps! The first three steps are certainly enough of an “adoption”.  I’ve found steps four and five sometimes flow naturally once you get started and may want to make a bigger project out of it. Thank you for whatever support you provide to the shelter near you!

Your Beautiful Creations!

Why we help shelter pets....

This has been such a hard year for everyone that I'm doubly grateful to have so many wonderful supporters and volunteers. Despite whatever hardships they are experiencing, these volunteers keep going and keep helping!

  •  "I make blankets because if I could I would adopt them all and give them love! But since I can't, then giving them a nice warm blanket is a way I can show them they are loved. This year knitting the blankets has helped me during endless conference calls. I was getting very frustrated so I took out my stuff and knitted my way through the meetings!" ~ Michele F. of Prussia, PA
  • "I love all animals and feel so bad for those with no one to love them. I feel good that I can provide a simple blanket to comfort them. I think they will help since they're something soft and cuddly to comfort them. I especially like that the blanket goes with them when adopted! I feel that is very important. I also feel so blessed this year that I have the ability to make these blankets. Each one is made with love and it fills my heart with joy to comfort a homeless animal. I have RA and my hands hurt, but I don't even think about the pain...I just think about giving them something an animal can call it's own." ~ Tracy Lee R. of Boca Raton, FL 

  • "I wanted to find a way to do some good in my downtime this year, and when I heard about CFC, I knew it was just the thing. I love animals, I love knitting. I'm very happy to have found this group. I find knitting them very calming and peaceful. Working on this project has been a great way to deal with the stress and anxiety we are all having to deal with right now. It helps keep me focused on positive thoughts and quiets my busy mind." ~ Teri W. of San Antonio, TX

  • "When I adopted my puppy mill mama six years ago, she was sent home with a felt tied blanket. Unfortunately we lost her two years ago, but her blanket remains with us as a keepsake and as a reminder of how much love she brought to us each and every day we had her. My friend gave me a crochet hook and skein of yarn and I've been hooked since. I found CFC on Facebook by fate. It was meant to be a way to give back to our beautiful furry girl we lost." ~ Geni O. of Channahon, 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!!!

help keep us going & shipping with a purchase!

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PLEASE support our mission to help homeless pets with a purchase of our "Crochet for Critters" e-book of crochet patterns, an inspiring T-shirt or a handmade blanket for your own pet!

Click here for details!

...Shirley Manzi!

I'm happy to announce that Shirley, a long time volunteer, won last month's drawing for a free long-sleeve shirt. She's been helping us for the past nine years, making well over 500 blankets. This year alone, she's made and donated over 100 of her creations!

Shirley lives in the suburbs of Chicago, and has donated all her blankets to the Naperville Area Humane Society. This large shelter helps thousands of pets and cannot ever have enough blankets. With Shirley's support, we are able to keep them stocked up!

I'm not sure Shirley has ever picked up yarn from CFC "headquarters", since she gets lots of yarn donated from friends, and visits second-hand stores for discounted yarn. She's resourceful, generous and the perfect example of our great volunteers.

Shirley will choose a shirt from the ones we carry to help us ship our free blankets to shelters. You can find them all here. Thank you Shirley and enjoy!

Local volunteers....

If you live in the Chicagoland area, please consider dropping some of your blankets at local shelters. We have dozens in the Chicago area, who would love your creations! 

During the cold months, I tend to get a bit overloaded with blankets, with limited funds for shipping and driving them to shelters is more of a challenge as well. 

Email me ahead of time if you're wondering if a particular shelter needs blankets. The vast majority on our list are always in need. Thank you!

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Linda's blog...

I absolutely love pets, in every color of the rainbow...but not everyone does. Check out my article on how you can help fight BPS (Black Pet Syndrome)!

Read all about it here!

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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!


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.