I have a bunch of heavy fleece fabric in storage. I have decided to cut it into blankets for a nearby animal shelter. (I always think of these things on Sunday when they are closed.)
Does anyone know what sizes they want for cats and dogs?
What kind of soap shall I use to wash it?
I thought about a vinegar water rinse but don't know if animals would dislike it.
A lot of the sites I've checked so far don't specify sizes.. This on http://www.pleasebekind.com/ccp.html
says they use 12 X 18, 24 X 18 and 24 X 36.. This is for mom animals and their kids..
This one says "Any size. Square or rectangle" http://shelterbeds.blogspot.com/
I guess pick a size of pet you're most interested in and use your fabric most wisely to make as many as possible.
Sorry I couldn't be more help.
Dragonwhoknits: Love your avatar.
I checked the website for the shelter I plan to donate to. They just said "blankets."
Thanks for trying.
I found these sizes.http://www.snugglesproject.org/pattern-faqs/what-sizes-are-needed.html
If you check the patterns, there are free
crochet, knit and sew pattens.
Under crochet, the building bridges snuggle,
I have used that pattern to make a shawl and an afghan.
The shawl, I just repeated one row of the pattern on
the other side of the beginning chain.
The afghan, I worked the same pattern on the other
side of the beginning chain.
The afghan has the same number of rows on either side
of the starting chain.
The shawl went to a friend.
The afghan was donated to charity.
Thanks Dragon and Dick. I'm headed to my storage, scissors in hand.
I recently had a large amount of fleece in my yarn stash that I knew I was never going to use. I phoned the animal shelter I had in mind to make "cosies" for and they gave me the dimensions they like. My Crafts group threw themselves into it and made 23 cosies which were very much appreciated by the cat rescue organization.
At the shelter I got Annie, they take any size blankets, and towels.
destroying her ECO toys in 20 minutes!
Thanks. I had fun at those sites...and I subscribed to Snuggle Projects.
You will not believe this. Well no, I guess you will.
In the middle of writing this note Bob (cat) wasn't getting enough attention, so with one bite he bit off my mouse cord.
Thank goodness I could steal the mouse from my laptop computer. He looked at that one when I got it out, and he got a very loud "no." He sulked around a little bit then found a ball of yarn to play with.
Guess it's going to be one of those days.
you need to call your shelter... just saying blankets is not enough... tell them what your plans are and ask them to be specific on the size.. it will depend on the size if the dog bed and the kennel.. a 20x20 would be too big for a cat carrier and too small for a large dog... they will let you know if you talk to them... also any kind of washing will be fine.. you mostly need to just worry about that when it comes to humans...LOL what a great thing you are doing... I am sure they will love it..
Thanks. I had fun at those sites...and I subscribe... (
When I am on the phone at my computer desk my cat will try to chew on a black cord coming from the back of the computer.
About letting cats have yarn to play with. Last year I left my cat playing with a small ball of yarn and I went to bed. The next day the cat was unwell. To make a very long story short, she had ingested it, she had to have a 5" incision in the stomach, and the vet had to take yards of yarn out of her in tiny bits. He said it was as major an operation as it could get and she wouldn't have lasted another day. I was a great deal poorer after that but the lesson was priceless if I could pass on the moral to others.
I would think it would depend on the size of the kennels/cages they use. Probably more than one size. Good idea to call. The smell of vinegar should evaporate after washing. What would be the problem of just washing them in regular laundry soap. Most machines have 2 rinse cycles? Guess I never thought about it. although I have a daughter that is soap sensitive. She's found ones that work for her. I thinks it's important to wash them though. The fabric manufacturers use some nasty stuff in their dyes and sizing...like formaldehyde. It's great that you're thinking of the shelter animals. There are way too many of them. We all need to be more responsible pet owners and spay and neuter.
Yup. I know about the yarn chewing. I kept an eye on him. He was bored in about 5 seconds because I ignored it. The yarn is back in the basket.
Actually I let my cats play with yarn a lot. I watch them. They haven't tried eating any...yet. Maybe I shouldn't do that anymore.
For sizes - remember there are big dogs (bigger blanket) and tiny dogs (tiny blanket). My 4lb baby uses a square of about 18 inches 'cause he likes it all pulled in around him so he can feel cozy. His bed is a cat bed lined with a soft tiny doggy pillow that curls up and leaves just a tiny spot for him to wriggle into.
I delivered a big black garbage bag of assorted sizes of new fleece to the animal shelter yesterday. They were all washed and folded.
I didn't get much of a thank you, but the volunteers who run the front desk are there because they would rather do that than work with the animals.
I'm sure the people out back who actually take care of the animals will appreciate them, and I did it for the animals...not to get a thank you.