Helping Shelter Animals

January 9, 2008

I recently read an article about this non-profit organization in California called "Operation Blankets of Love" that collects blankets for homeless animals in shelters. The article talked about the many shelters that are in desperate need right now of blankets as the weather continues to drop. Animals in shelters are often in cages with concrete floors. Blankets can give the animals warm and comfy bedding to help them feel more secure and less isolated.

This started me thinking about the animal shelters here in Memphis. I wondered whether they also have this need. So, I called many of them and asked. The answer was always the same - "YES, we are in dire need!".

So, I went to the local fabric store and learned that it currently costs $4 for one yard of fleece (the perfect size for a dog blanket) and $2 for 1/2 a yard of fleece (the perfect size for a cat blanket). Since no sewing is required (you simply even up the edges with scissors), this seemed like a great option. I spread the word and received many generous donations. A friend and I plan to begin making and delivering the blankets this following week. You can't imagine how good it feels to know you're helping poor, innocent creatures in need. Or maybe you can imagine it. Or, maybe, you can do more than imagine. Maybe you can help, too.

With the current economic situation, shelters all over the country are in crisis. Many families are no longer able to care for their four-legged friends and have had to hand them over to a shelter. It sounds unfathomable and drastic, but it's true--shelters all over have reached and surpassed their occupancy levels and are facing numbers the likes of which they've never seen before. With such overcrowding, shelters lack the funds and materials, such as blankets, that are so desperately needed.
If you would like to donate blankets or money to help me in my efforts for Memphis-area shelters, please contact me. To find animal shelters in your area, click on this link: www.petfinder.com/shelters.html. Call and ask them how you can help. Your furry friends will thank you.

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