I know people are struggling in the USA and my friends in the UK have had an inordinately hot summer but we do need to talk about what WILL happen to shelter/rescue animals when the cold weather hits. I know, I talk about this frequently. Why? Because 2 of my dogs were adopted from shelter situations. No kill shelters find themselves in need of help all year round. Today it's 92 degrees F (33 degrees C). Even if you do not knit, crochet, or sewists there are ways to help make life easier for shelter animals.
NOTE: Always inquire about the needs of a shelter before donating. Some shelters only take food or money donations.
Once again my friend Amy Brewer got me thinking on pets because she has created a shawl to show off your love for your pets. You can find it here: amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com/2018/07/meandering-paw-prints-shawl-free.html Just when I think Amy is done with this line of Meandering Paw Prints designs she comes up with something else awesome about which to write! You'll remember Amy Brewer and Doug Speeckaert collaborated on the Meandering Paw Prints Over The Rainbow Bridge tribute blanket to remember all those pets who have passed on. Then my friend Doug Speeckaert created another work of art with the Heart of Duchess Meandering Paw Prints blanket. This is a full sized blanket with the paw prints arranged in hearts! It's beautiful. Amy Brewer designed an embossed paw prints edging to go with this piece. These designs continually provide inspiration! And LOOK at this face... how could you not be inspired by Napoleon all wrapped in his paw prints blanket? ADORABLE MUCH?
I know the question is, how would this help shelter animals. Anything that we wear, gift for a birthday/Christmas, or give away to people who have lost a pet over the rainbow bridge can be used to help spread the word about animals yet to be adopted. Also any of these gorgeous projects can be donated to a shelter as a way to raise money and awareness for the work that they do to protect animals. Amy's site has plenty of good patterns that could be made into "thank you" gifts for the staff that volunteer at the shelters too. :)
Many shelters or rescues need blankets, and you don't EVEN have to be able to sew to make a pet blanket. I was thinking about donating for pets. I have so many friends who work with people who have service animals. Off the top of my head I know of people who work with elderly people, veterans with PTSD, children with disabilities (i.e. autism), people who have mental health issues (i.e. anxiety or panic disorders) who have mentioned their clients have comfort animals. There are also people who need service dogs (different from comfort animals) like my dog Ginger Pye who is a cardiac alert dog. These dogs perform a job that is, at times, a matter of life and death. Wouldn't it be lovely to give these folks a new blanket for their comfort animal or service dog? Let's check out some patterns.
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