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Celebrating 15 years & 140,000+ comforted shelter pets!

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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. Every purchase keeps us going and keeps us shipping our free blankets!

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Paperback "Crochet for Critters" on Amazon!

Paperback "Crochet for Your Comfort" on Amazon!

april blanket donations

1,655 Blankets

79 Shelters

22 States

114 Volunteers

  • We helped over a thousand pets in April by donating a total of 1,655 blankets!
  • 79 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 114 volunteers and supporters who helped. Thank you!

fun facts...

What's the technical term for someone who LOVES cats? 

(Answer at the bottom of this page.)

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Progress towards saving all pets!

Best Friends runs a wonderful shelter in Kanab, Utah and also has one of the most comprehensive tracking programs for the animal sheltering industry. So I was thrilled to read the statistics they shared in a recent issue of Best Friends Magazine.

The National Save Rate, represents the percentage of pets that enter shelters and are "saved" (meaning not euthanized). This rate was only 64%, as recently as 2015, but it climbed to a full 83% in 2020. Of course anything less than 100% is unfortunate, but this data shows the US is surely moving in the right direction, and quickly.

This represents about 2 million animals being euthanized in 2015, but "only" 347,000 in 2020. Again, I choose to focus on the trend in the statistic, and I'm grateful for all those saved pets!  

Fun (& delicious?) crochet pattern to try!

I love making round blankets, and could never resist a donut, so I combined the two in creating this pattern. It's my attempt to make a crocheted donut that a kitty will love as much as I love Krispy Kremes!

Click here for the pattern!

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!

a thank you card...for you!

Homeless pets on cfc blankets!

Thank you from Lifeline Animal Project

"We got a box of beautiful blankets for our kittens. Thank you all for this, the kitties love them and so do we!"

~ Lifeline Animal Project - Atlanta, GA ~

Welcome new shelters!

CFC welcomed these new shelters in April. They came highly recommended from local volunteers, and we are grateful for all their work! If one is near where you work or play, please consider supporting them with your blankets!

Oakland County Animal Shelter 

~ Pontiac, MI ~

Nevada Animal Shelter

~ Nevada, MO ~​

Fun Facts answer...

A cat lover is called an "Ailurophile"!

May 2022 ~ Critter News

141,871 blankets donated so far!

Happy Pet-Mom's Day!

First and foremost, HAPPY upcoming MOTHER'S DAY to all the pet moms out there! Even if you currently don't have pets underfoot, your blankets are providing that one-of-a-kind motherly love to many
"critters" waiting in animal shelters across the US. Thank you!

April has proven itself to be an "interesting" month, here at CFC headquarters. Despite being double-vaccinated and boosted, Covid finally found me and stole a bit over a week from me during the month. I'm now back 100%, but still catching up!

Towards the end of the month I was literally receiving hundreds of blankets each and every day from local volunteers. Since my funds are very limited, many of the blankets didn't ship out by months-end, which has been my goal for 15 years. I'm also quickly running out of storage space, since I'm also overstocked on yarn! A good problem to have, but an issue nonetheless. With this in mind, I'm asking local volunteers to drop off no more than 25 blankets at a time (50 blankets if they're from a group) for May. I'm hoping this will help me ship out the remaining April blankets and all the May blankets by 5/31. Wish me luck!

We currently support about 40 animal shelters in the suburbs of Chicago, so I'm hoping local ladies can find one that is nearby (maybe even closer than driving to Glen Ellyn!). They all need blankets, since most are knee-deep in kittens right now. THANKS so much for whatever you can do to help me get caught up!

I've also had many people ask if it's okay to include toys for the pets, with the blankets they drop off. I try to include a handful of toys at the top of each box I ship, so yes, including toys is a wonderful, generous idea. Thank you for adding that extra bit of sunshine for the shelters. I know they'll love your creations.

And finally ... Monday, May 2nd marks our 15th anniversary! My gratitude goes out to every single person that has made a blanket to comfort a "critter", sponsored a shipment with the purchase of a book, or told a friend about our mission to comfort the pets who need it the most. Happy anniversary to YOU!!!

Wishing you a blessed Mother's Day!   

Linda

Your Beautiful Creations!

Shelters we supported in april

Animal Friends of the ValleyWildomarCA
Animal House ShelterHuntleyIL
Animal Rescue FoundationLisleIL
Assisi Animal FoundationCrystal LakeIL
Aurora Animal Control ShelterAuroraIL
Austin Humane SocietyAustinTX
Beaver County Humane SocietyAliquippaPA
Berkeley County Humane SocietyMartinsburgWV
BideaweeWest Hampton NY
Boone Area Humane SocietyBooneIA
C & W Rustic Hollow ShelterNashuaIA
CARE - Community Animal Rescue EffortSkokieIL
Castaway CrittersHarrisburgPA
Cat DepotSarasotaFL
Cat Protection SocietyEustisFL
Cat TailsOcean Isle BeachNC
Cat Welfare AdvocatesSan JoseCA
CatVandoMaywoodIL
Charlies ArmyPhiladelphiaPA
Chenango SPCANorwichNY
City of Humble Animal ShelterHumbleTX
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Dane County Humane SocietyMadisonWI
Douglas County Animal ServicesDouglasvilleGA
Dumb Friends LeagueDenverCO
Fat Cat RescueNorth ChicagoIL
Fayetteville Animal Protection SocietyFayettevilleNC
Feline Finish Line RescueBethlehemPA
Frankie's Friends Cat RescueNew KensingtonPA
Fur Angels Animal SanctuaryAuroraIL
FurkidsAtlantaGA
Golden Retriever Rescue of the RockiesArvadaCO 
Greenhill Humane SocietyEugeneOR
Grundy County Animal Control ShelterMorrisIL
Harley's DreamBerthoudCO
Harmony House for CatsChicagoIL
Headwaters Animal ShelterPark RapidsMN
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
House of HopeLibertyvilleIL
Humane Rescue AllianceWashingtonDC
Humane Society of Fremont CountyCanon CityCO
Humane Society of Polk CountyCrookstonMN
Humane Society of South BrevardMelbourneFL
Humane Society of the Ohio ValleyMariettaOH
Kenosha Forgotten FriendsKenoshaWI
LaPorte County Animal ShelterLaPorteIN
Last HopeFarmingtonMN
Little Traverse Bay Humane SocietyHarbor SpringsMI
Naperville Area Humane SocietyNapervilleIL
North Texas Cat RescueMcKinneyTX
Oakland County Animal ShelterPontiacMI
PAWSNorwalkNY
PAWSLynnwood WA
Paws and Whiskers Cat ShelterToledoOH
Paws Humane Inc.Columbus GA
Purrfect Cat RescueCrystal LakeIL
Routt County Humane SocietySteamboat SpringsCO
Royce's RescuesRichboroPA
Safe Haven Dog RescueWheatonIL
Salem Animal Rescue LeagueSalemNH
Second Chance Animal ServicesEast BrookfieldMA
Second Hand PurrsFranklin WI
Spay & StayVernon HillsIL
SPCA of Brevard CountyTitusvilleFL
St. Joseph Bay Humane SocietyPort St. JoeFL
Suzie's Cat RefugeColumbia HeightsMN
Sylacauga Animal ShelterSylacaugaAL
Tails from the CityLakewoodOH
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service CtrTallahasseeFL
Tree House Humane SocietyChicagoIL
Two by Two RescueHelenaAL
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
Wadena County Humane SocietyWadenaMN
Wagging Hearts RescueRound LakeIL
Whiskers TNR  MartensdaleIA
Whiskers TNR of Warren CountyProleIA
Wright-Way RescueMorton GroveIL
Young-Williams Animal CenterKnoxvilleTN

Pets you are helping!

Why we help shelter pets...

I may be biased, but I think CFC supporters are the best volunteers on the planet. Check our these comments from your "co-workers", and see if you agree!

  • "This is a volunteer activity I can get behind. I want to pay forward the unconditional love our rescue pets gave to my family every day of their lives. Working on these blankets is a way of loving myself as well as loving these animals." ~ Debby K. in Ambler, PA

  • "I adopted a cat from a shelter in Dearborn, MI and she was sent home with a beautiful handmade blanket. For years I wondered about who made the blanket that comforted my pet and I found your organization. I wanted to pay it forward and get involved!" ~ Kristina I. in New York, NY

  • "It makes me feel good to help the animals. I hope that they feel as special, getting a blanket of their own, as I do making them." ~ Brandi C. & Serenity in Kenosha, WI 
  • "I enjoy making something to provide comfort for the pets. I would like to encourage other volunteers to tell others about the blankets. I told my mom and now she helps me make them too!" ~ Kandy W. in Tell City, IN

  • "I love all animals and want to help make all the rescued animals as comfortable as is possible. Due to my finances, I can only help by helping to keep the animals comfortable and showing them they too are loved!" ~ Arlene I. in Glen Ellyn, IL

Cool Calicos!

The more I learn about the creatures that share our home, the more I’m appreciative of their utter uniqueness. I recently learned about calico cats, and they were no exception. My education started with the realization that calico is not a breed at all, but only refers to the coloring of the kitty. And what goes into this adorable coloring, is very cool.

“Calico” refers to the three colors that make up a calico cat’s coat – a white background, with black and orange patches. To be a calico cat all three colors, and only those three, must be present. The genes which give them these colors are passed down on the sex chromosome (“X”), which is fascinating. To become a calico-colored kitten, you’ll need an “X” chromosome for black from one parent and an “X” chromosome for orange from the other parent. White is a default color, so that completes the trio. For those of us who remember high school biology, this means that all calicos have “XX” sex chromosomes, so all calicos are female! Of course nature never does anything 100%, so there are a few, rare male calicos, but they have to have an extra chromosome, giving them the highly unusual “XXY” chromosomal make up. Because of these unusual genes, they are always sterile.

You might expect that no two calicos, and their markings, are the same, and you’d be right. Even in twins, the kittens can look quite different. One place they often look exactly alike is in Japanese and Chinese culture. You may be familiar with the popular Maneki Neko figure (shown at top) which is a common good luck symbol in Japan. They come in a variety of colors, which bring various forms of good fortune. Often Chinese stores use this symbol as well, with the raised paw welcoming visitors into a shop.

As a final bit of good luck, the calico cat was named as the official state cat of Maryland in 2001! So, of course I wondered if other states agreed. Only two other states have “official” cats – Massachusetts has the Tabby cat and Maine boasts (of course) the Maine Coon cat. I was thrilled to see that Illinois (home to many of our volunteers) lists “shelter dogs & cats” as their “official” cat and dog. A handful of other states (California, Colorado, Georgia and Tennessee) also gave a shout-out to shelter pets!

So whether you’re impressed by the unique genes of the calico cat or impressed that some states support shelter pets over any certain breed, learning more about these fascinating creatures is always a worthwhile endeavor. I hope whatever critter shares your home, brings oodles of good fortune your way!

Shelter "thank you's" ...

Please enjoy these thank you notes from the shelters we support. Not every shelter has the time to send individual notes to everyone who donates, but please know that they appreciate and will use whatever you send!

  • "On behalf of the Humane Society of Polk County, thank you for your gift of knitted blankets. Our families are so excited when they receive a blanket along with their pet as they go home with their newest family member." ~ Humane Society of Polk County in Crookston, MN
  • "The St. Johns County Pet Center would like to thank you for the donation of beautifully made blankets for our shelter kittens and cats!!! Donations like these warm our hearts, and our pets! Thank you very much!!!" ~ St. Johns County Pet Center in St. Augustine, FL
  • "Thank you so very much for your very generous donation of the blankets! We appreciate your kindness! You are very important to us and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support, it is truly appreciated." ~ Fox Valley Animal Welfare League in North Aurora, IL
  • In case you missed it, this was posted as a thank you to us in Facebook: "We would like to thank our friends at Comfort for Critters who donate handmade blankets for all of our adopted dogs to go home with. This volunteer organization makes hundreds, if not thousands, of blankets so that animals have an easier transition into their forever homes with their cozy blankets. We very much appreciate you!" ~ Granite State Dog Recovery in Hooksett, NH

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 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!!!

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 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 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.