As a new regular post to our blog, we’ve decided to start featuring a charity once a week in efforts to bring to attention all the incredible work that you can do with your craft abilities. We think sharing your talents for the better good of others is one of the most important things a crafter can do!
I’ve chosen the Hugs for Homeless Animals Snuggles Project as our charity of the week. As I mentioned numerous times, I am a huge animal lover. I’ve always had pets growing up and worked with dogs in shelters, boarding facilities, training facilities and as a vet tech all throughout college. And of course, my very best friend is a shelter dog! I adopted Bowie from the Chicago City Shelter three years ago and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
Bowie was a stray and in horrible condition when I got him, already a small guy (he’s a terrier/Maltese mix), Bowie (who at that time was nameless!) was refusing to eat and losing strength everyday. By the time I took him home with me, which was after a 3 week stint in the pound for him, you could see all the bones in his body and he had to sleep in the bed next to me to keep warm during the brutally cold Chicago nights. The environment of the shelter had been too much for him to handle and he was very timid and skittish at first. But as time went on, Bowie became the best dog I could ever asked for — not to mention just about the cutest little guy there is.
Right now, there are millions of abandoned and homeless animals in shelters all around the country. They too deserve a new leash on life, just like Bowie! And Hugs for Homeless Animals, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to homeless and displaced animals, aims to bring them just that. But, as for the inevitable hard stay they face in animal shelters, the Snuggles Project tries to make it as tolerable as possible. The Snuggles Project was founded by Hugs for Homeless Animals’ president and founder, Rae French, in 1996 because of her heartfelt need to do something for the innocent victims who find themselves in animal shelters without a bit of comfort to call their own. They send handmade blankets to shelters to be used in the cold, hard cages the homeless pets must call home until they are adopted into loving families. Since its inception, The Snuggles Project has provided more than 500,000 Snuggles to shelter animals around the world.
And that number is growing thanks to amazing crafters just like you! The Snuggles Project provides numerous crochet, knit, and sewing patterns for crafters to use to create Snuggles for a poor animal in need. For more information on how you can get involved please visit their website. You can provide comfort to a homeless animal just like my Bowie! Because if you don’t do it, who will?
“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have not words.”
-Anna Sewell (1820-1878), Black Beauty, 1877