Hugs for Homeless Animals is a pretty special charity for the Knitting for Charity website, because in August 2007, it was the first charity for animals featured.
Even at the time it was first featured, Hugs for Homeless Animals had been around for a very long time; it was already 11 years old! That means, of course, that as of this writing Hugs for Homeless Animals is celebrating its 20th year of existence.
When we featured Hugs for Homeless Animals, we drew attention to its knitted Snuggles program. Snuggles are blankets designed just for shelter animals, and their purpose is two-fold. Number one, they bring comfort and calming to shelter animals, especially the most difficult ones (who are understandably anxious and often resistant to trusting humans).
Number two, they add a softer and homier touch to the often industrial appearance of animal shelters. When a shelter exudes warmth and comfort, would-be adopters themselves feel more at home, and they will often stay longer and take more time to choose the right pets for them.
Over time, Hugs for Homeless Animals has expanded its mission. It now supports animal shelters in many different ways, including providing an adoption center, publishing lost and found posts, offering a worldwide shelter directory, and advocating against animal abuse. They also offer a directory of links that can be helpful for all pet owners.
The Snuggles Project
Because Hugs for Homeless Animals has grown so much, its original purpose is now its own program, the Snuggles Project! And it is still going very strong today. One aspect of the Snuggles Project has remained: the encouragement to donate locally.
Check out the Making a Snuggles Donation page for donation guidelines and assistance, including what to do if your shelter of choice isn’t on their Worldwide Shelter Directory page. If you don’t already have a preferred local shelter, you can use this page to find a shelter that accepts Snuggles.
Be sure to check the Pattern FAQs, as this page answers many good questions not only about making Snuggles but about the program itself.
Unfortunately, the problem of pet overpopulation continues to be a huge issue, especially in the United States. If you have a heart for animals and would love to give them not only comfort but a better chance at a better life, consider knitting for the Snuggles Project!