Love animals? Here are knitting charities for animals, plus free knitting patterns for them
Nothing seems to get the heart of a charity knitter beating faster like the opportunity to knit for animals. By now we’ve probably all heard about the penguin sweater fiasco; if not, you can read about it here. Bottom line is, when charity knitters hear of an urgent need — especially when it comes to helpless animals — they get knitting. And FAST.
If you happened to get caught up in the excitement of Penguin Sweater-mania only to become disappointed when you realized the sweater probably wouldn’t end up on an actual penguin, read on for some real ways to help real animals. And I promise you, the need won’t go away! (If you were caught up in Penguin Sweater-mania, don’t feel bad. So was I!)
Real Ways to Knit for Real Animals in Need
The Snuggles Project: The Snuggles Project is an offshoot of Hugs for Homeless Animals, and its mission is simple: create “snuggles” — soft, warm, knitted or crocheted blankets for animals living in shelters. The blankets not only help calm homeless animals, but they also help create a more homey and less industrial feel for animal shelters.
Comfort for Critters: Like the Snuggles Project, this organization collects knitted and crocheted blankets and distributes them to animal shelters to help keep homeless animals warm and comforted.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home: in the United Kingdom, this rescue organization operates shelters in three different locations. They provide three different patterns — for blankets and two kinds of cat toys — and invite knitters to create them for the dogs and cats in their care.
Knit Bird Nests: Many different wildlife organizations need knitted bird nests for orphaned baby birds. One such organization is Wildlife Rescue Nests, which we’ve featured before. Several more are listed here at Bev’s Country Cottage.
Knit Pouches for Australian Orphaned Wildlife: Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization, WIRES, collects knitted pouches that are used to keep a variety of orphaned wildlife warm. These include wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, bandicoots, gliders, and possums.
Your Local Shelter: One of the best if not THE best way to help animals is to visit the animal shelter in your own backyard. Nearly every city in America (and probably most in other industrialized nations) have animal shelters in which to house (hopefully temporarily) homeless critters.
Just contact your local shelter and ask if they would like to receive blankets, clothes, or toys for dogs and/or cats. Chances are pretty good they’ll say “YES!”
Patterns for Charity Knitting for Animals
Now you know where you can send your charity knitting for animals. You probably want to know WHAT to knit now, right? Never fear. Many of the preceding organizations have their own patterns on their website. If not, the following two links will give you many ideas.
So if you love animals and want to make a difference for them, you’ll find just what you need among these knitting charities and free patterns!