Who are we?
Comfort for Critters is a volunteer program that creates handmade blankets to comfort homeless pets living in animal shelters. While these animals await adoption, the blankets provide a comfortable bed year-round. When they are adopted, their blanket goes with them, providing something familiar as they adjust to their "forever family."
Do you love to knit, crochet, sew or work with fleece?
Do you have a special place in your heart for animals?
If so, you sound a lot like us! Join in the fun and let your handiwork make a forgotten pet's life a bit better.
An animal's life can be challenging when they find themselves in a shelter. Despite heroic efforts by the staff and volunteers, it's extremely stressful as they are moved from cage to cage, and subjected to new sights and sounds on a daily basis.
Having something to call their own, which provides warmth year-round (even against A/C in the summer!), familiar smells and a soft touch, can make all the difference.
Once the animal is adopted, their blanket provides a cushion against the (wonderful) stress of getting to know their new surroundings and family. Once again, their blanket provides something comforting and familiar.
How you can help...
Here's what you can do today to help these homeless pets...
#1 Make a blanket -
If you know how to knit, crochet, sew, or just use scissors - why not start on a critter blanket today? They're fast to make, and lots of fun! Once you have a few done, you can drop them in our convenient Glen Ellyn, IL drop-box or bring them directly to one of our participating shelters.
A few more details...
* Knit or Crochet a Blanket - Knit or crochet a blanket using any pattern and any color of washable yarn. Feel free to mix and match colors, and even make up your own pattern! The finished blanket should be approximately 18-20 inches square. If it's not perfect (who is?) that's fine with us, and the critters! If you'd like some ideal patterns for blankets, just check out our "Volunteer Resources" page.
While most of the blankets we make and send are this size, we do love and support larger dogs and other "critters". So do feel free to make them doggie-sized if you like, or larger to accommodate larger pets. We gladly take ANY size blanket and will find the perfect animal to cuddle it!
* Make a Fleece Blanket - Use two pieces of fleece (so that it's nice and thick) - at least one piece should have a pattern, if possible. You can sew them together or cut and tie them. If they do have ties, please try to make the center (untied) portion of the blanket about 18-inches square.
#2 Donate yarn or fleece -
If you don't have the time or expertise, but do have some extra yarn (leftover from a project) or a full skein you've never gotten around to using, we can put it to good use! Any amount, any color yarn will be gratefully accepted. We also gladly accept any leftover fleece material. We use larger pieces of fleece to make blankets, and smaller strips to make pull-toys for shelter dogs. We have a 24/7 drop-off bin in Glen Ellyn, IL to receive donations.
#3 Sponsor a blanket shipment -
As we work with shelters farther and farther away, it becomes more difficult to get the blankets to them! For just $5 you can sponsor the shipment of 15 blankets to a shelter! Please consider making a donation of any amount, with 100% always going exclusively to ship blankets.