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« on: December 06, 2007 02:41:34 PM »

The Snuggles Project: www.snugglesproject.org needs help from all you sewers, knitters, crocheters and quilters! 

All the info is on their site, but the basic idea is that the animals at shelters need warm blankets to sleep on. 

You can donate your handmade blankets to local shelters in your area (they have a very comprehensive list) and help the poor dogs and cats who would otherwise have to sleep on cold floors in their cages.  These "snuggles" help comfort animals who arrive at these shelters very traumatized and frightened, and studies have shown that animals comfortably resting on blankets are much more adoptable. 

These snuggles can even help the animal's transition into a new home as it gives them a familiar object to seek comfort from as they adapt to new surroundings.

This is a fabulous way to use up your old yarn or fabric stash.  These animals aren't picky as to the colors- they just need a good snuggle, so check it out!

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2007 05:44:31 PM »

Thanks for the link.  I have a ton of extra fabric and I would love to help out.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2007 01:49:10 PM »

what a sweet idea and cause, hope you dont mind that im gunna repost it on a bulletin on myspace, i have lots of crafty animal lover friends their that could possibly help:)
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2007 04:03:08 PM »

what an awesome idea! thanks for posting the link. definately going to look into doing it.

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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2007 09:37:27 PM »

I have crocheted and delivered 30 snuggle mats for the kitties at our local animal shelter.  I'm working on hammocks now.  The hammocks can be hung in the kitties' cages and allow 1 or more animals to snuggle up together.    I hope to find fabric or old blankets to make mats for the dog cages because right now the dogs have nothing to lay on but concrete.
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2007 05:40:41 PM »

That's a wonderful idea! I know I work at the animal shelters, and our dogs and cats are always seeking out a bit of warmth and comfort out in their cages (especially around this time of year, while it's sleeting outdoors. =( )

Also, we have a lot of feral cats that, when domesticated, can become great pets. However, fear often gets the best of them. A handmade blanket of some sort with a HUMAN scent helps them relate humans with good things faster, making them more adoptable (and increasing turnover of animals, which allows us to keep bringing more cats in).

Sooooo, I'll definitely be doing this in my spare time with scrap yarn. <3
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2007 10:57:12 PM »

I love animals and all animal causes but.... I think that charities that comfort little HUMAN kids is the way to go. 

Contact your local police department, my local police department is completely open to receiving comfort blankets and teddy bears for kids that are put into foster care.  Donating to this sort of cause could make all the difference in the world to kids!  These kids are our future!                                                           

Or you could do both.  While you might not think this is as "worthy" a cause as making things for people, many others will.   
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2007 08:22:43 AM »

I just found out about this from the last LionBrand email, and I'm excited to start making them- great way to use up all those yarn leftovers, to practice new stitches, or to make something out of a project that went terribly, terribly wrong (and by wrong, I mean trapezoidal.)  And making them is a nice little mindless break from more labor intensive projects!
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2008 04:41:08 PM »

I found this post a couple weeks ago and am very excited about it.  I've already scouted out my local shelters from the list (http://www.h4ha.org/shelter-directory/index.php) and am working with the ManFlesh to get some blankets made.  I will post them on the Pet board when they're done and link to this post, so maybe more people can learn about it!
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2008 08:40:16 PM »

I have crocheted many snuggle mats in several different shapes and sizes, but now I am trying something new.  I am making hammocks to hang from the kitty/cat cages by using either an inexpensive new blanket or a gently used blanket.  I will put a grommet in each corner of the hammock square or rectangle and then use shower curtain hooks or something similar to go through the grommet and hang from the cage.  Frightened kitties are supposed to like being cozy in a hanging hammock (I read this on some website) and it will get them off the cage bottom.  Right now, my local shelter doesn't have any hammocks, but they will soon have at least 6 with more to come as I work out the details!
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2008 10:13:06 PM »

I actually just posted about the snuggles project. I've donated a few snuggles so far, it makes you feel good about yourself. I have my dogs test them out before I wrap them and send them to a shelter.
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2008 10:43:40 AM »

This is awesome, I've already started making blankets! Animals/ animal rights are so important to me, this is such a great idea. And I make blankets for humans too. Depends on the size of the yarn scraps. Grin
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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2008 09:02:09 AM »

You all are so awesome!  It makes me happy to see that other people are doing this and other things to help out animals, and that the word is being spread.  It's amazing to me how just a tiny effort can make a big difference in the lives of others whether they are human or animal.  Thanks everyone!
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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2008 02:03:02 PM »

This is so wonderful. Thanks for letting us know about this.
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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2010 01:39:53 PM »

I've made a few dozen more and posted them here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337274.0 to help spread the word!  I don't knit, crochet or quilt, but I do sew and was able to utilize thrift store blankets and fabric remnants to make a lot of blankets for not much money and probably no more time that it take to make one blanket via these other methods, so don't count yourself out just because you don't craft in certain media.

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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2010 02:37:41 PM »

Kudos to you! I too sew up blankets and small beds for the animal shelter in town and it is such a simple thing that really does help them out a lot. So glad to see that there are others helping Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2010 09:43:26 PM »

Awesome! Thanks for reminding me about this.
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2010 10:09:14 PM »

Love, love, love this thread! I work at a humane society and we have these blankets on our wish list for our cat and dog kennels and believe me we go through them. Like someone else mentioned, doesn't matter your skill: you can sew, crochet, knit, tie fleece blankets together or be a good thrifter that finds cheap blankets! It definitely beats an animal sleeping in a metal kennel or concrete floor.  I've made catnip toys(with feather or ribbon tails) from scraps and also use leftover fleece to make braided dog tug toys. Every bit helps. Wink
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2010 10:44:38 AM »

Thanks for sharing this. I would love to help and donate some blankies for the animals.  Grin
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