Creature Comforts

You never know where and when you are going to stumble across an idea to make the world a better place. I subscribe to Country Woman Magazine, because they quite often have good ideas which are sometimes a little bit out of the ordinary. In their June/July issue, I came across an article entitled “Well-Made Beds” by Jill Gleeson. It tells about Linda Kastiel Kozlowski’s encounter at a local animal shelter in search of a kitten to adopt. Noticing the number of cats and dogs in cages, waiting and hoping for a home, she was inspired to crochet blankets to line the animals’ cages. The shelter had been using old towels for that purpose, and Linda thought that something handmade would be more comforting for these homeless pets. Her first year she made about 50 blankets and gave them to the shelter free of charge. The shelter sent the blankets home with newly adopted pets to provide them with a sense of continuity and stability. Linda’s crocheted donations expanded to help six shelters around her town, and word spread about her blanket donations. When she put up the Comfort for Critters website, word spread across the country. Linda has been making pet blankets for 14 years, and she has about 1,000 volunteers nationwide. In 2020, Comfort for Critters provided 20,023 blankets made from donated yarn for 400 shelters nationwide. Having handmade blankets for the prospective pet to snuggle on increases the chance of getting them adopted. They are then viewed as a “pet” and not a “stray”. To join Comfort for Critters as a volunteer or to donate yarn (even partial skeins or leftovers) just go to comfortforcritters.org. This is a wonderful site. You will be so glad you stopped by.

Thanks for everything you do. You truly make the world a better place.

Cindy

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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