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

shelter pets on cfc blankets!

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september blanket donations

1,921 Blankets

76 Shelters

34 States

  • We helped over a thousand pets in September by donating a total of 1,921 blankets!
  • 76 different shelters, in 34 states received our blankets, and most received a handful of toys as well!
  • These blessings were only possible, due to the 95 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!

new Group project packet

If you're part of a group, which may want to make blankets for homeless pets, CFC just made it a bit easier! Maybe your workplace needs a community service project, or your church group is looking for a fun activity to do together? Or maybe you'd just like to get your neighbors together to support your local shelter with blankets?

However you want to help, you can now download our Group Project Packet and you're ready to go. It explains our program, outlines the easy steps to facilitating a group project, and has directions on making two types of fleece blankets. If you're in the area of Glen Ellyn, IL, we may even have some free fleece to share.

Check it out here and email me at info@comfortforcritters.org if you need more information!

Thank you from Chenango SPCA!

"I hope you enjoy these photos of Zucchi. This young lady came to us at only six weeks of age. She was skin and bones and had a severe respiratory infection. We weren't sure if she'd survive. After a couple months of treatment and a lot of TLC she was ready for adoption. And then nothing, no one looking at her. Zucchini kept growing and became more loving. Your last box of blankets arrived and we let Zucchini help us unpack it.

As you can see there wasn't much unpacking going on! She already had one of your blankets but after being with us so long she needed a new one.

Then on the 5th of the month, Zucchini found herself a forever home! Please thank all your volunteers for all they do and let them know they make a difference one blanket at a time."

Chenango SPCA in Norwich, NY

just for laughs

Did you hear about the cat who swallowed a ball of yarn?

(Answer at the bottom of this page)

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Shelter "thank you's" ...

Please enjoy these thank you notes from shelters. They are each for you!

  • "Thank you so much for the beautiful, handmade blankets you all donated for our animals. Our critters absolutely love these and we couldn't be more grateful for your ongoing support. Hope you all are well!" ~ Animal Care League in Oak Park, IL
  • "Thank you so much for your generous donation of kitten blankets. Kitten Season is still underway and these will be used to keep the babies nice and comfy. Peace to you all!" ~ The Urban Cat Coalition in Milwaukee, WI
  • "THANK YOU for the blankets you recently donated to ARF in Wheaton. They are greatly needed and very beautiful!" ~ Animal Rescue Foundation in Lisle, IL
  • "Thank you so very much, we received our box of handmade blankets today! We just love sending these out with our adopters and just this afternoon a couple went home with the pet! We are most appreciative for your CFC volunteers who work so hard to provide these to shelters!" ~ The Humane Society of Elmore County in Wetumpka, AL

Welcome new shelters!

These great shelters were added to our free program in September. They've all received their first shipment of blankets as well. If they are near where you work, live or play, please consider helping them with your beautiful blankets!

Miami-Dade County Animal Shelter 

~ Doral, FL ~

Seattle Humane Society

~ Bellevue, WA ~

Just for Laughs answer...  

  She had a litter of mittens!

October 2022 ~ Critter News

151,607 blankets donated as of 9/30/2022!

     Happy (almost) Halloween

Autumn is my favorite time of year, since it's the perfect season to stock up on craft supplies and make warm snuggly blankets for the winter ahead! It's also a time for pumpkins, apple picking and bonfires! I hope it's a favorite season of yours as well (or at least in the top four)!
 
We hit a major milestone last month, as we donated our 150,000th blanket! Thank you ALL for making that amazing achievement possible. As I hunted down my old crochet hooks in 2007 and started on my first blanket for the DuPage County Animal Shelter, I could have never envisioned reaching that goal. I knew I was being called to craft, and I'm so glad I followed that lead and stayed out of His way!

Since we're gearing up for the fall and winter, I'm now back to accepting yarn donations at our home base (my home) in Glen Ellyn, IL. You may have noticed that donations were discouraged over the summer since I was stocked-up and quickly running out of room. Fleece is also welcomed, though I do have a bit of that on hand as well.

As a Halloween treat, if you'd like to try your hand at C2C crochet, just click on the picture to the left and download the graph for the Pumpkin Kitty pet blanket I made. There are many tutorials online which explain how to crochet Corner-to-Corner. It seems difficult at first, but it's actually quite easy. This pattern is an easy one to start with as well. Happy Halloween! 

Grateful for the CFC team, 
   Linda

Pets you are helping!

Shelters we supported in september

ADOPTNapervilleIL
Aiken County Animal ShelterAikenSC
Albert's Dog LoungeWhitewaterWI
All About the Cats RescueLake WorthFL
Animal Care ServicesSan AntonioTX
Animal Care Shelter for Kent CountyChestertownMD
Animal Rescue League of IowaDes MoinesIA
Animal Rescue of TracyTracyCA
Ashland Animal Rescue FundAshlandKY
Beaver County Humane SocietyAliquippaPA
Best Friends of PetsOklahoma CityOK
BideaweeWesthamptonNY
Bowling Green/Warren County Humane SocietyBowling GreenKY
C & W Rustic Hollow ShelterNashuaIA
Cache Humane SocietyLoganUT
Castaway CrittersHarrisburgPA
Cat Welfare AdvocatesSan JoseCA
Catnap from the HeartLaGrange ParkIL
Collin County Animal ServicesMcKinneyTX
Columbia County Humane SocietyPortageWI
Compassionate Animal Rescue of Dutchess CountyWappingers FallsNY
Delaware SPCANewarkDE
East Providence Animal Control ShelterEast ProvidenceRI
Fox Valley Animal Welfare LeagueNorth AuroraIL
Frankie's Friends Cat RescueNew KensingtonPA
Franklin County Humane SocietySt. AlbansVT
Gatos and Beans Cat CaféOdenvilleAL
Granite State Dog RecoveryHooksettNH
Greenhill Humane SocietyEugeneOR
Grundy County Animal Control ShelterMorrisIL
Hopeful Tails Animal ShelterJolietIL
House Rabbit Society of ChicagoWheatonIL
Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & SanctuaryArlingtonNY
Humane Rescue AllianceWashingtonDC
Humane Society of Fremont CountyCanon CityCO
Humane Society of South BrevardMelbourneFL
Humane Society of UtahMurrayUT
Jackson County Animal ShelterCottagevilleWV
Kendall County Animal ShelterYorkvilleIL
Last HopeFarmingtonMN
Lawrence County Humane Society - PANew CastlePA
Lil Roar Cat RescueVirginia BeachVA
Little Shelter Animal RescueHuntingtonNY
Madison Cat ProjectMadisonWI
Miami-Dade County Animal ShelterDoralFL
Monroe County Animal ShelterMadisonvilleTN
North Shore Animal League AmericaPort WashingtonNY
PAWS - Pet Animal Welfare SocietyNorwalkCT
Paws for LifePuebloCO
PawSafe Animal RescueEllingtonCT
Polk County Animal ShelterWinter Haven FL
Royce's RescuesRichboroPA
SAFE Haven for CatsRaleighNC
Salem Animal Rescue LeagueSalemNH
Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption CenterAransas PassTX
SCOOP - Save Cats & Obliterate OverpopulationCincinnatiOH
SPCA of Southwest MichiganOshtemoMI
SPCA WestchesterBriarcliffeNY
Spokane Humane SocietySpokane WA
St. Francis Animal ShelterBuffaloWY
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare CenterMadisonNJ
St. Sophia's Forgotten FelinesWheatonIL
Starfish Animal RescueBataviaIL
Tails Humane SocietyDeKalbIL
Tiny N Tall RescueSt. CharlesIL
Truly All Cats Trapping & RescueLake WorthFL
Valley Humane SocietyPleasantonCA
Wadena County Humane SocietyWadenaMN
Washington County - Johnson City Animal ShelterJohnson CityTN
Washington County Animal ShelterFayettevilleAR
West Suburban Humane SocietyDowners GroveIL
Western Hills Humane SocietySpearfishSD
Wisconsin Humane Society- Door Cty CampusSturgeon BayWI
Woods Humane SocietySan Luis ObispoCA
Wright-Way RescueMorton GroveIL
Young at Heart Senior Pet AdoptionsWoodstockIL 

Your Beautiful Creations!

thank you volunteers & supporters!

warriors help comfort pets!

    

I was thrilled when Hailee Ackerman, the head coach of the woman's volleyball team at Meridian High School, in Meridian, Idaho, reached out to me in August. She wanted to kick off her season by getting the players together to help others. These young woman choose to make fleece blankets for their local animal shelter, the Idaho Humane Society in nearby Boise.

Together they crafted ten beautiful and colorful blankets, that will really brighten up the shelter. They donated them last month and sent these wonderful pictures, which document their fun and their caring. It's groups like these, and many others this summer, that prompted me to create our first Group Project Packet. So now we're ready to support groups like these amazing women, as they work to comfort homeless pets.

Thank you Coach Ackerman and thank you team. We're wishing you a winning season....go Meridian Warriors!!!

Why we help shelter pets...

I hope you enjoy these comments from your fellow volunteers, on why they do what they do! I'm sure their love of pets and enjoyment of crafting will sound familiar to you!

  • "I make blankets because I love cats and wish I could adopt them all. The next best thing is to send some love and a hug in a blanket." ~ Penny E. in Campbellsville, KY
  • "I hope to bring some comfort and security, since we can all use those. That's why I make blankets! I like to think I am making a difference (for the better) in an animal's life, even if it's in some small way." ~ Carolyn M. in Salem, NH

  • "These poor animals have landed in these shelters (thank goodness) due to no fault of their own. They are being taken care of and hopefully my blankets show them there is still humanity left in the world. Blankets give them an insight of what the future holds for them...care and comfort." ~ Susan B. in St. Francis, WI

  • "I feel warm and fuzzy inside every time I crochet a blanket for a pet in need. Mainly, it's my way to give back some of the love that my two rescues have given me." ~ Geni O. in Channahon, IL

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!!!

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!

Cat ring toys for your kitty or a shelter!

If you're looking for a fun project this fall... this may be it! These cat ring toys are absolutely LOVED by kitties, whether they're hanging out in a shelter or in your own kitchen. They are fun and easy to make as well. You can download the directions here, or if you're near our home base in Glen Ellyn, IL our "yarn bench" will have the packets shown on the left, throughout this month.

The packets have about a dozen rings, directions on how to make them, and remnant yarn. Everything you need to get started right away! They'd make a great gift for your own kitty or to donate to the local shelter you're already supporting with blankets. Enjoy!

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.