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Celebrating 15 years & 150,000+ comforted shelter pets!

shelter pets on cfc blankets!

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november blanket donations

2,420 Blankets

90 Shelters

33 States

  • We helped over two thousand pets in November by donating a total of 2,420 blankets!
  • 90 different shelters, in 33 states received our blankets, and most received a handful of toys as well!
  • These blessings were only possible, due to the 110 volunteers and supporters who helped. Thank you!

books to help you make blankets ... and help us ship our free blankets!

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Support our mission with the purchase of our pattern books: Crochet for Critters & Crochet for Your ComfortEach book has 30 crochet patterns that are perfect for pet blankets. They also tell the story of CFC and why crafting helps the crafter along with the pet! Every purchase keeps us going and keeps us shipping our free blankets!

E-books here!

Paperback "Crochet for Critters" on Amazon!

Paperback "Crochet for Your Comfort" on Amazon!

Thank you from Tails Humane Society

"I am writing to let you know how much we appreciate your blankets! Attached is a picture of Winnie enjoying her Kitty Kondo, complete with a snuggly blanket from CFC. It is a scary experience for any pet to be surrendered to a shelter, but these blankets help us make it feel a little more like home for a while until they find their forever family. Thank you so much for supporting our mission of creating a compassionate community through the care of companion animals. The staff, volunteers and animals here at Tails all appreciate what you do!"

~ Tails Humane Society ~ DeKalb, IL ~

New pattern to try!

This is a great pattern to try if you want to combine two festive colors and create a stunning blanket. It's also quite easy to do! I always choose bright and vibrant colors that show a lot of contrast. As you're working this pattern you can switch around the placement of the spikes, so each blanket can be a bit different. I hope you'll enjoy it!

Click here to download "High Energy"

just for laughs

What did the grape say when the ferret stood on it?

(Answer at the bottom of this page)

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Shelter "thank you's" ...

Even though shelters will love your blankets, they sometimes don't have the time to spare to send a personal thank you note. Please know they are appreciative. I hope you'll enjoy these thank you's from shelters we've recently supported!

  • "Thank you kindly for all the blankets your organization has donated to us. It is greatly appreciated by us and especially our 4 leggy and sometimes 3 leggy guests!" ~ Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & Sanctuary in Arlington, NY
  • "Thank you so much for the two bags of beautiful blankets. We have about 250 cats and kittens in rescue right now and our three pregnant cats just gave birth to another 15 kittens. The blankets will be put to use right away. Thanks again!" ~ Animal Rescue Foundation in Lisle, IL
  • "I would like to thank you for your generous donation of handmade blankets to help us in our work. It is through the support of kind people like you that we are able to take care of the animals who come to us. The blankets are such a marvelous gift. Thank you!" ~ Adams County Humane Society in Friendship, WI
  • "We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your thoughtfulness in donating hand-made blankets to comfort our cats. We will be able to show cats entrusted to us a little bit of extra comfort and care, as they await adoption to a new and loving home. We also send each cat home with their special blanket. On behalf of everyone here at MCSPCA, thank you for your time, talent and kindness!" ~ The Montgomery County SPCA in Conshohocken, PA

 

Welcome new shelters!

These great shelters joined our program in November. If you're in their area, or just passing through, feel free to offer them your blankets and support!

Madison County Animal Services 

~ Madison, FL ~

Friends of Greenup Paws

~ South Shore, KY ~

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!

Just for Laughs answer...  

  Nothing, it just let out a little wine!

December 2022 ~ Critter News

156,054 blankets donated as of 11/30/2022!

Happy Holidays! 

Whatever you celebrate this month, and whomever you celebrate it with, I wish you a blessed holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa! The spirit of CFC shines through all three traditions which embrace caring for others, especially those beyond your immediate circle. CFC volunteers work hard and spend lots of time crafting to help a cat, dog, or other pet which they will never meet and never know. They are crafting a comfort object that sends a bit of love out into the world, to effect the lives of the pets, but also the shelter workers, volunteers and families that adopt their new pet. I've come to realize over the last 15 years that the lives of the volunteers are positively effected as well. For that, I am forever grateful.

Many changes may be coming in 2023, so buckle up! I've learned this year that my (paying) job will be ending in December/January, so I'll be out looking for something new. During January I'll be busy winding up my current employment and job hunting, so please be extra patient. I always reply to every email and inquiry, but it may take a bit longer for me to get back to you. 

With this in mind, I'm asking local volunteers to please consider bringing your blankets directly to one of 50+ shelters we support in and around the Chicago area. Thank you!

It's a great time of year to support them directly as well, since they all are in need of blankets, especially with the cold weather arriving! I'm, as always, confident it will all work out as I start a new chapter in my career and continue to manage Comfort for Critters. Together as a team, we will continue to bless thousands of homeless pets all across the country. Thank you for your important work on that team!

 Many blessings to you and yours, 

                       Linda

Pets you are helping!

Shelters we supported in november

4 Paws RescueWhitehallMT
Adams County Humane SocietyFriendshipWI
ADOPTNapervilleIL
All 4 Animals RescueMishawakaIN
Anderson HumaneSouth ElginIL
Animal Care LeagueOak ParkIL
Animal FoundationLas VegasNV
Animal Friends of the ValleyWildomarCA
Animal Protective Assoc. of MissouriSt. LouisMO
Animal Protective LeagueSpringfieldIL
Animal Rescue League of IowaDes MoinesIA
Animal Welfare SocietyKennebunkME
Arkansas Angels 4 AnimalsJonesboroAR
Asheville Humane SocietyAshevilleNC
Aurora Animal Control ShelterAuroraIL
Beaver County Humane SocietyAliquippaPA
BideaweeWesthamptonNY
Boone Area Humane SocietyBooneIA
Boone County Animal CareColumbiaMO
Bowling Green/Warren Cty Humane SocietyBowling GreenKY
Casper Humane SocietyCasperWY
Cat Care SocietyLakewoodCO
Catnap from the HeartLaGrange ParkIL
Chance at Life Cat RescueDumontNJ
Chenango SPCANorwichNY
Chicagoland Animal RescueLombardIL
Cortland County SPCACortlandNY
Dakota's Dream Animal RescueWinchesterVA
Dane County Humane SocietyMadisonWI
Delaware SPCANewarkDE
DuPage Animal Control ShelterWheatonIL
Four the PawsPhiladelphiaPA
Fox Valley Animal Welfare LeagueNorth AuroraIL
Frankie's Friends Cat RescueNew KensingtonPA
Fur Angels Animal SanctuaryAuroraIL
Georgetown Animal ShelterGeorgetownTX
Give Purrs a ChanceBerkeley SpringsWV
Golden Retriever Rescue of the RockiesArvadaCO 
Good Mews Animal FoundationMariettaGA
Grabb Animal ShelterFultonMO
Granite State Dog RecoveryHooksettNH
Harley's DreamBerthoudCO
Hart County Humane SocietyHartwellGA
Hinsdale Humane SocietyHinsdaleIL
Hope for BrevardMelbourneFL
Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & SanctuaryArlingtonNY
Humane HavenBolingbrookIL
Humane Society of Elmore CountyWetumpkaAL
Humane Society of Fremont CountyCanon CityCO
Humane Society of Lincoln CountyRuidosoNM
Humane Society of Putnam CountyGreencastleIN
Humane Society of Sonoma CountySanta RosaCA
Kansas City Pet ProjectKansas CityMO
Last HopeFarmingtonMN
Lawrence County Humane Society - KYLouisaKY
Little Shelter Animal RescueHuntingtonNY
Love Your Feral FelinesTemeculaCA
Lowell Humane SocietyLowellMA
Lulu's Locker RescueChicagoIL
Lynchburg Humane SocietyLynchburgVA
Marion County Animal ServicesOcalaFL
Missouri Wiggle ButtsBoonvilleMO
Misty Eyes Animal CenterAvonIN
Monroe County Animal ShelterMadisonvilleTN
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
Oakland County Animal ShelterPontiacMI
Paw PatrolDaytonOH
Paws 4 LifeBoltonCT
PawSafe Animal RescueEllingtonCT
Priceless Pet RescueChino HillsCA
Routt County Humane SocietySteamboat SpringsCO
SAFE Haven for CatsRaleighNC
Saving Cats & Kittens in Michigan WestlandMI
Seattle Area Feline RescueShorelineWA
Seattle Humane SocietyBellevueWA
Second Hand PurrsFranklin WI
Shelbyville Animal ControlShelbyvilleTN
SPCA of Southwest MichiganOshtemoMI
SPCA of Upstate New York (The)QueensburyNY
Stardust Animal SanctuaryRichmondIL
Stay-A-While Cat ShelterNorth RoyaltonOH
Stray Rescue of St. LouisSt. LouisMO
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Texas CARES Cat RescueProsperTX
Urban Cat CoalitionWest AllisWI
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
West Suburban Humane SocietyDowners GroveIL
Will County Humane SocietyShorewoodIL
Wisconsin Humane Society - Door Cty CampusSturgeon BayWI
Wyandot County Humane SocietyUpper SanduskyOH

Your Beautiful Creations!

Knit or Crochet to Relax?!

Yes, it’s true. Studies have shown, and all of us crafters know, that knitting and crocheting can be a huge stress reliever. I’ve personally heard this from many volunteers…that it’s a way for them to relax and unwind after a long day. But is this effect real or imagined?

Any repetitive activity can help calm the mind. A rhythmic chant in medication is replaced by the cadence of clicking knitting needles. It can help to clear the mind of worries, concerns and nagging thoughts, as you focus on row, after row, after row. I’ve heard from volunteers that they enjoy picturing the pet which will receive the blanket they are making. As they stitch bright red treble-crochets, they think about that jet black cat who will shine, as they sleep on this blankie.

Crafting a blanket is also a unique source of accomplishment, in a world that can be stingy on delivering this feeling. Few jobs deliver this, or even extracurricular activities. Most tasks need to be done, and redone. It’s unusual to be able to sit back and just take in something that’s “done” (never to be done the exact way again).  A completed blanket is something you can hold in your hands, knowing you are making a tangible difference to a homeless pet (and their forever family).

There’s also a wonderful feeling that comes from mixing colors, trying new stitches and just plain being creative. I’m often asked if a different kind of yarn can be used, if the shape or size can be changed or even if a new method can be used to create a blanket. My answer is consistently “yes”, followed by a “please do!” Being able to follow your creative inspiration and experiment without worry is a wonderfully freeing feeling. I love that our volunteers can feel this with every blanket they make!

Recently, schools have begun knitting instruction for kids who would like to fine-tune their ability to focus. It helps them slow down, concentrate and accomplish a clear goal. Teachers find this translates to higher test scores, as they use the same ability to focus on assignments and tests.

For kids, it’s also a great way to demonstrate the importance trying something new, persevering until you figure it out and when all else fails unwinding your mistakes and starting fresh! Not many activities let you do that!

So is crafting the magic elixir for de-stressing or is it all in our head? I wonder if it really matters….it doesn't to me!

Why we help shelter pets...

These comments were left on our website by your fellow volunteers. It's always heartwarming to read them each month. I hope you enjoy them as well!

  • "I make blankets to show them somebody cares and LOVES them!!!" ~ Kimberly W. in Crystal Lake, IL
  • "I believe every animal should feel as safe and comfortable as possible in shelters and in their new home. That's why I make them blankets! I'd like to tell the other volunteers that you're so loved and appreciated for the amazing work you're doing to help homeless pets everywhere." ~ Vaidehi B. in Trabuco Canyon, CA

  • "My entire family absolutely loves animals, always have, always will. All of our pets, past and present, are rescue pets and we love them with all our heart! I hope that the blankets I have made will bring comfort to all of the pets who receive them and make them feel loved." ~ Anne Mary C. in Fredericksburg, VA

  • "My family has adopted several pets in the past and I think what the shelters do is just great. Making blankets is my way of giving a little bit back." ~ Carol J. in DeKalb, IL

Patchwork Blankets Give Remnants New Life!

 

Looking for a fun idea to spice up your blankets? Interested in trying something new? Here’s another twist to try, as we ratchet up our creativity for 2023. This idea comes from Jennifer B. of Cicero, IL. She made the blankets pictured above and their lively colors will really brighten up the shelters.

These patchwork blankets are also a great way to combine all those little bits of leftover yarn you may have. Just create small squares or other shapes and use up all that extra yarn. Each square can even be made using a different pattern, so it’s a good way to experiment with a new stitch you’ve been wanting to try out. Just make sure the final shapes are all the exact same size.

Then trim each small shape in a neutral color and use that color to connect them using a single crochet (SC) stitch. It’s quite fun to creatively lay out all the colors and design the perfect blanket.

Another option is to combine small amounts of leftover yarn into combo-balls (pictured to the right) and then use multiple strands, all at once, to create super colorful blankets. I’ve combined two strands using a “K” crochet hook and three strands by increasing the hook size to “N”. I always add a half-double crochet border all around. Making this border jet black really makes the colors in the blanket stand out. I hope this gives you some new ideas to try this winter…. enjoy!

Direct Shipping Benefits Everyone!

We are now donating 1,500-2,000 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 ask for a tax receipt and possibly write off the donation (please check with your tax professional).​​
  • You'll also get to hear firsthand how much the shelter staff appreciates the blankets. Thank you!!!

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 send a thank you note.
  • 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 at 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 just one staff member! I do reply to every email, but it may take me a few days. Thanks!

Comfort for Critters

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 & shelter worker.