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Comfort for Critters

~ Celebrating 13 Years & 100,000+ FREE Pet Blankets ~

since 2007 we have donated 103,005  blankets!

august blanket donations

1,530 Blankets

58 Shelters

22 States

  • We helped hundreds of pets in August, by donating a total of 1,530 blankets!
  • 58 different shelters, in 22 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 crochet pattern using the fang stitch!

Ignore the name, this is a great stitch for pet blankets. I've never done "drop-down" stitches before, so I enjoyed learning this new technique.

It's best done when you switch out the colors (as shown above), so you don't even need a full skein of yarn. Two or three partial skeins are wonderful. Small amounts of remnant yarn can also be used. Give it a try, and I hope you enjoy it!

Click here for the pattern!

Thank you from Aiken County Animal Shelter

The following was posted on Facebook by the Aiken County Animal Shelter (Aiden, SC). It's so nice that they acknowledged this wonderful family!

"Stephanie M. and her children, brought about 100 colorful, homemade crocheted and knitted mini-blankets. Each one is unique and was made by Stephanie - and her children helped her shop for the materials and deliver the finished product. Stephanie is with Comfort for Critters, a volunteer program that creates handmade blankets to comfort animals living in shelters, rescues or foster-care. Thank you so much to this family and Comfort for Critters!"

Shelter "thank you's"!

Please enjoy these heartfelt "thank you's" from the shelters you are helping! 

  • "The blankets sent to Standish Humane Society are just perfect. Our cats will love resting on them. Please know how grateful all of us are to have these wonderful donations. Our heartfelt thanks to all involved!"            ~ Standish Humane Society - Duxbury, MA
  • "Thank you so much for your recent donation of blankets for our cats and kittens. They all really do enjoy their little security blankets. Kind regards from Just Animals cats and their staff!" ~ Just Animals Shelter - Mazon, IL
  • "Thank you for generously donating much needed blankets for our animals. Donations like yours help us to continue to provide for the animals in our care while easing the budget pressure for these basic needs. Our animals are not only feeling loved, they are kept warm by your kindness and blankets."  ~ Animal Care Sanctuary - East Smithfield, PA
  • "Thank you so much for your generous donation of blankets to Unleashed Pet Rescue. The dogs and cats appreciate your kindness, as do the staff and volunteers. With your help, we can save them all!"                 ~ Unleashed Pet Rescue - Mission, KS
  • "We received a big box from you the other day with 42 blankets and they are beautiful! They arrived at a fabulous time during our Adopt-A-Sweetheart Event. There will be many happy critters with a blanket of their own!" ~ Gwinnett Animal Welfare - Lawrenceville, GA

Thank you from chenango SPCA

 "Corrine"

 "Koala"

"Tiger" 

"Berg, Sharon & Pete"

"Thank you again for the last box of blankets, the cats are already enjoying them all. Corrine (at top), who is pregnant, will have a nice blanket to patiently wait on. Koala came from living in a barn to us, where a nice soft blanket was awaiting her. The next picture is Tiger. I know you can't see much of her but she needed a long rest after having three energetic kittens. The final picture of three monsters (Berg, Sharon and Pete) are Tiger's energetic kittens. Now we know why Tiger needed a rest! Thank you and all your volunteers from all of us!"

Chenango SPCA - Norwich, NY

September 2020 ~ Critter News

Happy autumn everyone!

I hope as you read this, you're feeling well, feeling safe and doing lots of self-care to get through this year. I know I'm learning a lot about managing my physical and mental health.

I continue to be thankful for all the supplies I've been receiving. If you're in the area of Glen Ellyn, IL, I have lots of yarn available (24/7) and even fleece (please email ahead of time to pick it up). A huge "thank you" goes to all our generous supporters who never let us down!

Speaking of support, I'd like to invite everyone to our Facebook Group, "The Comfort for Critters Team". Since we're not able to meet in person any more, I've been trying to spend more time posting items on Facebook and in this Facebook Group. It's full of positive vibes and goodness, I promise! You'll be able to see what everyone else is working on, ask questions of me and fellow volunteers, find out about newly added shelters, and enjoy lots of pet and craft related humor! It's a very uplifting and very supportive group, and I'm thrilled to be a small part of it!

I'm also trying to provide more resources for everyone, so in this issue you'll find a link to a C2C (Corner-to-Corner) crochet tutorial, a graphic you can use to ask for yarn donations and some instructions on using fleece to make toys and blankets. Dig in everyone ... and thank you for being part of the CFC team!!! 

 Hoping your Autumn is happy!

Linda

Pets you are helping!

How to make pull-toys for dogs!

As a special treat I love to include a handful of toys at the top of every box I ship. I especially like to include dog toys, since some shelters won't give our blankets to their dogs. These toys are easy to make and a great way to use up extra fleece pieces, if you make fleece blankets!

  1. Start by cutting your extra fleece into three strips. They need to be the same length (at least 20" long) and roughly the same width (1" to 2.5"). I've found that much thinner, or thicker, is difficult to work with.
  2. Knot the pieces together at one end.
  3. Braid the pieces all the way down leaving about six inches unbraided at the end.
  4. Use this extra 6" to tie a knot in the other end, which is up against the end of the braiding.
  5. If it's especially long, tie a knot in the middle (see below).
  6. Include the toy with any blankets you drop off to our home base (Glen Ellyn, IL), or ship to a shelter.
  7. Enjoy knowing you'll be making a tail wag!!!

Shelters we supported in august

Adair County Humane SocietyKirksvilleMO
Almost Home BloomingdaleIL
Anchorage Animal Care & ControlAnchorageAK
Animal House ShelterHuntleyIL
Animal Rescue FoundationLisleIL
Animal Welfare LeagueChicago RidgeIL
Asheville Humane SocietyAshevilleNC
Aurora Animal Control ShelterAuroraIL
Austin Humane SocietyAustinTX
Capital Area Humane SocietyLansingMI
Castaway CrittersHummelstownPA
Cat TailsOcean Isle BeachNC
Catman2CullowheeNC
Chicago Animal Care & ControlChicagoIL
City CrittersNew YorkNY
Collin County Animal ServicesMcKinneyTX
Colonial Capital Humane SocietyNew BernNC
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Constellation Cat CaféEast LansingMI
Dharma Rescue for Cats & DogsTorranceCA
DuPage Animal Control ShelterWheatonIL
EARS/Englewood Animal Rescue SanctuaryEnglewoodFL
Feline Urgent RescueMaggie ValleyNC
Forever Love RescueGettysburgPA
Fox Valley Animal Welfare LeagueNorth AuroraIL
Franklin County Humane SocietySt. AlbansVT
Friends of Animals of Metro DetroitDearbornMI
Furry Friends NetworkCarlislePA
Golden Belt Humane SocietyGreat BendKS
Golden Retriever Rescue of the RockiesArvadaCO 
Good Mews Animal FoundationMariettaGA
Grabb Animal ShelterFultonMO
Happy Cats HavenManitou SpringsCO
Happy Tails RescueJolietIL
Headwaters Animal ShelterPark RapidsMN
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
Humane Society of Central IllinoisNormalIL
Humane Society of Polk CountyCrookstonMN
Humane Society of UtahMurrayUT
Lawrence County Humane Society New CastlePA
Misty Eyes Animal CenterAvonIN
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
Nebraska Humane SocietyOmahaNE
PAWS - Pet Animal Welfare SocietyNorwalkCT
PAWS ChicagoChicagoIL
PAWS HancockGreenfieldIN
Pet Tails RescueNorthwoodNH
S.Jersey Regional & Cumberland Cty SPCAVinelandNJ
Salem Animal Rescue LeagueSalemNH
Sanctuary at Haafsville (The)BreinigsvillePA
Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption CenterAransas PassTX
Saving Paws Animal Rescue, Inc.AppletonWI
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Unleashed Pet RescueMissionKS
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
Wadena County Humane SocietyWadenaMN
Wags 2 Wishes Animal RescuePlainfieldIL
Wisconsin H.S. - Door County CampusSturgeon BayWI

Your Beautiful Creations!

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!!!

Use your social media for some free yarn!

I've heard from many volunteers that as they make more and more blankets, purchasing yarn is getting to be costly. With all the changes this year in our jobs, the stock market and just getting out to purchase yarn, I completely understand! Of course local volunteers are welcome to stop by my home 24/7 for a free bag of yarn, but I'm (unfortunately) not able to ship yarn.

I'm hoping the above graphic, posted on your social media accounts, may help you get some free yarn from family and friends. I've honestly always found people more than happy to donate what they're not using, or even make a purchase when they see yarn on sale, when they know it's going to comfort pets. Good luck...I hope this works wonders for you!

(Click on the graphic at top, to save the jpeg file to your PC.) 

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!

help keep up going & shipping with a purchase!

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Linda's blog...

If you'd like to try your hand at tied-fleece blankets...but your hands won't cooperate, this is the blog for you. Learn now to make "no-tie" fleece blankets, perfect for homeless pets!

Read all about it here!

Hooked on C2C!

I finally learned how to do C2C (Corner to Corner) crochet, and I LOVE it! I'm still learning, but thought I'd share a couple resources. If you want to learn how to master this technique, check out this video. I tried to learn previously, from written instructions, but never really got it. This video helped make it crystal clear!

I also sketched out some designs on paper and then laid them out in in a Word table. Click here if you'd like a PDF of the three I've made so far. This likely isn't how patterns are typically presented, but I'm still figuring that out too. I hope they are useful to you!

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Please like, pin or follow us on social media & help spread our mission to your family and friends. Thank you!

Why we help shelter pets....

At this time of social distancing, please know you are part of an important team. This team shares so many of the same goals that it's amazing. Just read what your fellow volunteers say about making blankets and helping pets... 

  • "I have two dogs from humane societies and I wanted to give back. I love to knit and crochet, plus I had a ton of leftover yarn to use!" ~ Oudeah B. of Warm Springs, OR

  • "I love animals and wish I could adopt them all! Because I can't take them all home, making blankets is a way for me to feel like I'm making a positive difference in their lives. I think the blankets will help by giving them security and a cozy place to lie down and feel somewhat at home." ~ Hailey H. of Warrenville, IL 

  • "Our sewing group likes to make things for missions and we chose animals as our current mission. I think the blankets will help because they are warm and soft. We hope the cats will like cuddling with them. It is also nice to have something familiar when going to a new home." ~ PAUMC Sewing Group of Troy, NY

  • "I have a dog I love very much and I can't imagine him living without all the comforts he does, and so I want homeless animals to have a little comfort too. I also am trying to get more involved in volunteering and this is a fun way to mix three passions: animals, crocheting and now volunteering. I think this is an amazing project that you are doing. I am so glad I found you and I look forward to making more blankets in the future!" ~ LaVerna S. of Lincoln, NE

  • "Some of these animals sleep on cold concrete floors. Anything I can do to give them a little comfort, warms my heart. They need a little security blankie, the same as children. People can help themselves; animals are helpless and need us.I think the blankets will keep them from shivering, make them feel less anxious and comfort and warm them." ~ Marlene C. of Chambersburg, PA


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.