Hugs for Homeless Animals Gives Animals Knitted Love, Too!
The sad truth for most homeless animals is that there just isn’t enough room for all of them. While they’re usually well cared-for, they often face a short life inside a small steel cage with concrete floors. The only way out is adoption — or death.
No one wants it to be this way, least of all the people who run the shelters, but they have little choice in the matter. There are just too many strays.
That was the harsh reality faced by Rae French in 1996, when she tried to take astray cat to the local animal shelter. After seeing the conditions in the shelter, she adopted the cat and created Hugs for Homeless Animals.
Among other things, Hugs for Homeless Animals collects Snuggles for animal shelters all over the United States. In its first year it collected more than 200,000. With Snuggles — pet blankets made to grace animal shelter pens, Hugs for Homeless Animals is out to brighten the lives of animals waiting for adoption. Snuggles are easy to make, and their recipients are always grateful.
Hugs for Homeless Animals promotes their Snuggles as the ideal project for first-time knitters, because dogs and cats don’t care about poor color combinations or dropped stitches. All they want is something comfy to lie on while they wait.
Snuggles get animals adopted, too! Something about seeing a blanket in an animal’s cage plucks at people’s heartstrings, making them more willing to open their hearts to a shelter animal.
Hugs for Homeless Animals welcomes any Snuggle you can contribute to the cause. You can find patterns, Frequently Asked Questions lists, and other relevant info at its website.
Snuggles can be knitted, crocheted, or sewn in sizes from fourteen to thirty-six inches square. If you knit or crochet your Snuggles, acrylic and cotton yarns are best, since they’re easy to machine- wash and dry.
Please don’t use wool. It collects hair, dander and dirt, making it harder to clean. It will also felt and come apart in a washing machine.
The choice of stitch is up to you, but the simple garter stitch produces a thicker, more comfortable Snuggle that’s hard to beat. One of the signature Hugs for Homeless Animals projects, the Adopt-Me Blanket, is nothing but a basic garter-stitch square, and it’s easy as pie to knit.
MUTUAL BENEFI TS
The Snuggles Project is a multi-beneficial project. It is beneficial to the animals who receive them for physical and psychological comfort. It is beneficial to the shelters who can present a more homey atmosphere and adopt more animals. It is beneficial to the Snuggle maker who receives the warm feeling that comes with doing good work to help others. Furthermore, the project is a very good project for the elderly as it gives them worthwhile work that they can do to keep them active. It is a very good project for kids and people learning how to crochet, knit or quilt because the Snuggles don’t have to be perfect. The animals love them any way they can get them. All that is required is that they be made with love.
BECOME A MEMBER
This is a great way to support the project and get to know other Snugglers. The Snuggles Project website is a social networking website for members. They have forums, groups, newsletters, and more just with a click of the mouse.