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Comfort for Critters

Celebrating 14 years in business & 128,000+ FREE pet blankets donated to animal shelters!

since 2007 we have donated 128,153 blankets!

september blanket donations

2,102 Blankets

82 Shelters

29 States

  • We helped thousands of pets in September by donating a total of 2,102 blankets!
  • 82 different shelters, in 29 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!

Book Suggestion: "Piglet"

I'm happy to pass along another book recommendation, from a fellow volunteer, Elaine. She loved the inspirational story and is even following Piglet on Facebook! 

If you're interested in a good read, check out Piglet - The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind Pink Puppy and His Family, by Melissa Shapiro, DVM. 

Amazon describes it as a "charming, inspirational memoir about empathy, resilience, kindness, and an adorable deaf blind pink dog."

Click here to find it on Amazon

* Note: I don't receive any compensation for sales of this book. I just wanted to share Elaine's recommendation!

Thank you from dogs playing for life!

"The first photo is a wonderful older dog named Duke, enjoying one of your blankets. The other picture is of Velvet, my roommate. She was adopted and then returned to us (with her blanket) because she wasn't a good fit. She always wants to be snuggled up in her blanket! Thank you so much for all the good work you do and for helping keep our dogs cozy!"

~ Dogs Playing for Life in Wellborn, FL ~

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!

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!

October 2021 ~ Critter News

Happy Autumn everyone!

This month is a great time to build up your stash of supplies and get back to crafting blankets. Yes, that is an excuse to go buy more yarn! I've been gathering every bit of remnant orange, yellow, and brown yarn I can find, and crocheting all sorts of Halloween/Autumn blankets.  I hope you'll have fun with your crafting too!

I'm also wishing every person, and every pet, a Happy Halloween. It's one of my very favorite holidays! Please do remember to keep pets inside, especially black cats, for their safety. My Jetta will be stationed in an upstairs window, watching the activities. If your dog gets anxious about all the visitors, be sure to have a safe, quiet spot for them as well. My Coco will have her Thunder-shirt on for sure!

If you have an extra moment this month, and you purchased my book on Amazon, please consider leaving a review. I'm currently battling with Amazon over a very strange review I received which is pushing it down in the rankings. It's from someone who clearly didn't read the book. There's likely nothing I can do about it, but a few more good reviews may help make my case to them about taking this erroneous review down and keeping my book up!

I'm still well-stocked with yarn and have a bit of fleece on hand too. So if you're in the area of Glen Ellyn (IL), please stop by 24/7 and grab some bags of free yarn. You can check out my Halloween decorations, which are all non-scary pumpkins this year, as well! 

Happy Halloween!

Linda

Your Beautiful Creations!

Shelters we supported in september

A Tail To Be Told Animal RescueBeaverdamVA
Adair County Humane SocietyKirksvilleMO
Adams County Humane SocietyFriendshipWI
ADOPTNapervilleIL
Adoption First Animal RescueJacksonvilleNC
All 4 Animals RescueMishawakaIN
Anchorage Animal Care & ControlAnchorageAK
Anderson HumaneSouth ElginIL
Animal Care SanctuaryEast Smithfield/WellsboroPA
Animal Care ServicesSan AntonioTX
Animal Friends of WestmorelandYoungwoodPA
Animal Rescue FoundationLisleIL
Animal Welfare LeagueChicago RidgeIL
Arkansas Angels 4 AnimalsJonesboroAR
Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane SocietyMankatoMN
Boone Area Humane SocietyBooneIA
C & W Rustic Hollow ShelterNashuaIA
Capital Humane SocietyLincolnNE
Cat TailsOcean Isle BeachNC
Catman2CullowheeNC
Catnap from the HeartLaGrange ParkIL
Charlies ArmyPhiladelphiaPA
Chenango SPCANorwichNY
Collin County Animal ServicesMcKinneyTX
EARS/Englewood Animal Rescue SanctuaryEnglewoodFL
Fayetteville Animal Protection SocietyFayettevilleNC
Feline Finish Line RescueBethlehemPA
Frankie's Friends Cat RescueNew KensingtonPA
Franklin County Humane SocietySt. AlbansVT
Georgetown Animal ShelterGeorgetownTX
Good Mews Animal FoundationMariettaGA
HALO RescueSebastianFL
Harmony House for CatsChicagoIL
Hinsdale Humane SocietyHinsdaleIL
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
Humane Rescue AllianceWashingtonDC
Humane Society of Manatee CountyBradentonFL
Humane Society of Putnam CountyGreencastleIN
Humane Society of SarasotaSarasotaFL
Humane Society of Southwest WashingtonVancouverWA
Jellystone Bark's Rescue RangersYorkvilleIL
Kendall County Animal ShelterYorkvilleIL
Last HopeFarmingtonMN
Lawrence County Humane Society LouisaKY
Lifeline Animal ProjectAtlantaGA
Little Victories Animal ShelterOnaWV
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue FoundationFalls ChurchVA
Main Line Animal RescueChester SpringsPA
McKamey Animal CenterChattanoogaTN
Misty Eyes Animal CenterAvonIN
Monroe County Animal ShelterMadisonvilleTN
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
North Shore Animal League AmericaPort WashingtonNY
Operation KindnessCarrolltonTX
Paws 4 LifeBoltonCT
Paws and Whiskers Cat ShelterToledoOH
Paws for LifePuebloCO
PAWS of Grays HarborAberdeenWA
Pennsville Animal ShelterPennsvilleNJ
Pennsylvania SPCA - Danville BranchPhiladelphiaPA
Puppy Rescue 911Ellis GroveIL
Purrfect Cat RescueCrystal LakeIL
Rhode Island SPCAEast ProvidenceRI
Royce's RescuesRichboroPA
SAFE Haven for CatsRaleighNC
(The) Sanctuary at HaafsvilleBreinigsvillePA
Second Hand PurrsFranklin WI
Sevier Animal Care CenterSeviervilleTN
SPCA of Upstate New York QueensburyNY
Spokane Humane SocietySpokane WA
Spotsylvania Animal ShelterFredericksburgVA
St. Joseph Bay Humane SocietyPort St. JoeFL
Sylacauga Animal ShelterSylacaugaAL
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Tree House Humane SocietyChicagoIL
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
Wadena County Humane SocietyWadenaMN
West Suburban Humane SocietyDowners GroveIL
Wisconsin Humane SocietySturgeon BayWI
Wisconsin Humane SocietyGreen BayWI
Wright-Way RescueMorton GroveIL
Young-Williams Animal CenterKnoxvilleTN
  

Pets you are helping!

Why we help shelter pets....

I hope you enjoy these comments from your fellow volunteers. They come from the heart and illustrate what a great team we've assembled. I'm so glad you're a part of it! 

  • "Through no fault of their own, these poor cats & dogs have lost their homes and any creature comforts they may have had. I hope these blankets give them a sense that someone does care. All I can say is that my cat would love to have every one of these blankets as he has to lay on as many as he can. I can't imagine that any cat or dog wouldn't like something of their own. This is a cause I will support for many years to come." ~ Cindy B. of Dixon, IL 
  • "I hope the blankets will provide the pets with comfort and companionship during their time in the shelter. I also hope the blanket will make the pets more adoptable so they can find a forever home. Knitting and crocheting has been a great hobby to pass the time and keep my mind busy, especially in times like these. Glad I could put my free time to good use!" ~ Jazmin A. of Chino, CA

  • "I love animals and wish to support those needing love and security. Plus, I feel it's God's gift that I can crochet and should be using it towards His glory! No one, human or animal, should have to settle for scraps. Having a blanket made specifically for them is special and I think provides comfort!" ~ Betsy C. of Wardensville, WV

  • "I have two shelter cats of my own. They are a huge part of my life and I can't imagine them not being a part of it. Knowing that by making a couple of blankets it can make these shelter cats happy, I'd do it any day of the week. The cats receiving the blankets can always have a bit of home with them. Even when they are adopted, they have something familiar with them to help them get accustomed to their new home." ~ Emma F. of Schenectady, NY

  • "I enjoy doing crafts and making blankets has always been fun to do and give to friends and family. I also wanted to contribute to the community, so I decided to make blankets for homeless pets as well! I think the blankets will help give each pet a familiar item to keep them safe, even in a new home. They will help shelters that do not have enough funds to provide warmth to all the pets. Also, crafting is a good way to destress while still feeling productive. It is a fun way to showcase creativity!" ~ Chloe C. of Walnut Creek, CA

books to help you make blankets & help us ship  blankets!

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Please support our mission with the purchase of "Crochet for Critters," which has 30 crochet patterns that are perfect for pet blankets. Sales of the book keep us going, and keep us shipping blankets!

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Homeless pets on cfc blankets!

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating 1,500+ 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!!!

Maybe she was thinking of pet blankets???

New Crochet Pattern to Try!

If you'd like to make a "mini-mattress" for a homeless pet, this is a great pattern to use. You'll need a bit of patience, but it's a stitch worth learning. Hope you enjoy the Waffle Stitch!

Click here for the PDF

Shelter thank you's" for you!

"Thank you for the beautiful handmade blankets. We, and the furbabies, love them. Thank you so much for your generosity!" ~ SPCA of Southwest Michigan in Kalamazoo, MI

"Thank you so much for the awesome box of blankets. We love that you are doing the fleece ones now as well. The cat toys were also a big hit! We appreciate you all SO much!" ~ Wabash County Animal Shelter in Mt. Carmel, IL 

"The blankets made and donated to us are greatly appreciated! These lovely hand crafted items are used with each foster critter. When adopted, the blanket always accompanies the animal home, giving them a sense of security in their changing world. The generosity of your crafters certainly makes our animal feel more comfortable and makes their transition to a forever home easier. Thank you for your continued donations of these comfort items!" ~ Somerset-Pulaski County Humane Society in Somerset, KY


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.

Special shelters we support

The population inside animal shelters is not limited to just cats and dogs. Although these pets make up the majority of the residents, many shelters take in other domestic pets, including rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and even fancy rats. As we support these shelters, we also support all sorts these “critters”, and are very happy to do it!

We have the pleasure of helping some very specialized shelters, which offer unique care, or focus on a particular animal or breed. It’s important to be aware of these special places, in case you ever need to refer someone to them. It’s also important to tell us about any unique groups you are aware of. We’d love to support them too!

One of my personal favorites is Young at Heart, based in Woodstock, IL. Their mission is to care for older cats and dogs. These pets are often the last ones to be adopted, and sometimes the first on the list to be euthanized.  Their work often goes unnoticed, but not by us!

We have a quite a few small dog-specific shelters, including Chihuahua Rescue in San Diego, CA, Unleashed Pet Rescue in Mission, KS, Polka Dogz Pet Rescue in Oakland, FL, and Alex’s House in Rosalia, KS. It’s great to know that they can use small dog blankets, and we make sure we send items that can take a bit of rough-housing!

Fur Angels Animal Sanctuary in Aurora, IL cares exclusively for deaf cats and dogs, while Lulu’s Locker Rescue in Chicago, IL caters to FIV+ cats, as well as black cats and dogs. Both are very special shelters to us, and we try to keep them stocked up!

A couple of the shelters we help cater only to rabbits, including the House Rabbit Society of Chicago in Wheaton, IL and Special Bunny in Carnation, WA. Critter Camp in German Valley, IL caters to exotic pets. We tend to send them fleece blankets and really never know what type of wonderfully unique pet will be comforted by our work. 

It’s also important to note that we support a variety of organization types, as long as their mission is to help pets.  These may be governmental animal control facilities or the humane society for a specific area. It might be a foster-care system that cares for pets in a series of homes, or a trap-neuter-release program who works to control cat overpopulation. In whatever their form, these groups are making little lives a lot better, and we’re thrilled to be able to help. Thank you for all you do to support CFC and make that help possible!

A group you should know...Live like roo

Safe Haven, one of the great shelters we support, made me aware of "Live Like Roo" recently, and this Chicago area resource is a group everyone else should know about too!

Live Like Roo is a non-profit organization that provides support, and financial assistance, to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. They began in 2015, after a dog named Roosevelt (Roo for short) was rescued by Sarah Launch from Chicago Animal Care & Control, and then fostered by her friend Kelly. Shortly after, they discovered Roo had bone cancer and decided to adopt Roo, and care of him, as he lived out the remainder of his life.

They put together a "'bucket list" for Roo, taking him on all sorts of adventures throughout the Chicagoland area. This was the seed, that grew into the Live Like Roo organization.

This group provides financial assistance to families in the form of $500-$1,500 grants to help them with treatments and end of life care. They also send out care packages to pets dealing with cancer. These packages are assembled by volunteers from donated products, and are free to the families (they do ask for a voluntary $10 to cover shipping). 

Though they started with a focus on dogs, they also offer their services to families with cats, ferrets, and other pets that are dealing with cancer. Their "Maggie's Friends" program offers financial support to families with cats facing cancer. Another program, "Serenity's Wish" has a wealth of resources for pet parents to help during end of life care, and decision making, for their pets. 

Veronica, a Safe Haven dog we covered in last month's issue was helped by this group in the form of a wonderful care package. Veronica received a stuffed alligator, treats, and hand written cards (by 7 year old children), along with a McDonald's gift certificate for her favorite food - cheeseburgers! 

I'll be reaching out to them to see if we can help with the care packages in any way, so stay tuned for updates! To learn more about Live Like Roo, check them out at www.livelikeroo.org!