The Knitting for Charity Facebook page is a terrific place, and if you’re on Facebook, you should definitely “like” our page. I often ask questions of knitters there, and we frequently receive posts from knitting charities who want to spread the word about their groups. One such charity we heard from recently was Wildlife Rescue Nests. They wrote: “Looking for a ‘feel-good’ project? Come join us on Wildlife Rescue Nests Facebook page for free nest patterns and help us provide nests to over 160 wildlife rescues worldwide.” If I know anything about charity knitters, it’s that we can’t resist knitting for animals! So I want to introduce all of you to Wildlife Rescue Nests, a charity that offers knitted and crocheted nests to wildlife rescue organizations for birds and small mammals. Wildlife Rescue Nests started life as a Canadian organization. A woman named Katie started it in 2013, hoping to supply nests for wildlife rescue centers in Ontario. Little might she have imagined how it would take off! Today, Wildlife Rescue Nests supplies nests not just in Ontario but all over Canada, and not just Canada but all over the world! Nests are now sent to the United States (in 29 states), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Germany, India, and South Africa. It has become a truly international organization.
How You Can Help
With all the rescue centers around the world receiving nests, Wildlife Rescue Nests can always use more knitters! If you’re interested, you can “Like” their page and sign up on their Volunteer “event” page to let them know you’re knitting for them. You can find links to knitting and crochet patterns for nests on their Facebook page here or on their website here. Once you have knitted your nest(s), you can find one of the wildlife rescue centers listed on Facebook or on their website and send your nest(s) to them. (Don’t forget to take photos first, so you can share with Wildlife Rescue Nests!) Be sure to check out their Facebook page regularly, as they ask the wildlife rescue centers that are part of their network to submit photos of nests in use by snuggling critters. You might just find a photo of your nest(s) in use! So if you love animals and would love to help some feathered or furry friends in need, why not knit nests for Wildlife Rescue Nests?