Knit a Pet Cozy for an Animal in Needcomments (2) May 9th, 2008
Pets have an undeniable attraction to knitted items. If I leave a sweater out on the bed or a chair, within five minutes, my cat Bird will be contently curled up on it. If I abandon a knitting project for any length of time, Bird finds it and claims it as her own (my dog-owner friends have experienced the same phenomena). So I was excited when I ran across an article in the Holiday 2007 issue of Knit Simple that featured an adorable knitted pet bed that was perfect for my cat. I thought that if she had a knitted item of her very own, she might be less inclined to commandeer my knits.
After reading the article, I changed my mind about knitting a cozy bed for Bird. In the article, knitters were urged to get involved in the Snuggles Project organized by Hugs for Homeless Animals (H4HA)—a nonprofit organization that provides programs that help connect the public with animal welfare groups. After she learned of the harsh conditions of most animal shelters, Rae French created H4HA in 1996. Although the shelters do the best they can to provide safe, clean housing, the conditions can be cold and sterile—not to mention eventually fatal to those who do not get adopted. H4HA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for these animals through charitable projects and public education.
One of the first projects Rae launched, the Snuggles Project provides soft items (crocheted or knitted) for animals in cold steel cages and kennels with damp cement floors. Rae was involved with a very large national crochet group and shared with them the plight of these abandoned animals. The beds came poring in, and to date, animal lovers from around the world have sent hundreds of thousands of beds.
Click here to find the pattern for this adorable Snug Harbor pet cozy.
I’m excited to begin making my first Snug Harbor. I will use it to raise awareness for this cause in my community. The pattern calls for bulky-weight yarn, but because the bed will be heavily used and washed often, I chose durable yarns from my local discount store. Homespun from Lion Brand Yarns (color 397, russet) and Light & Lofty from Red Heart (color 9617, pheasant) will make an irresistiblly cozy haven for a pound puppy or kitten. I’ll post a picture of my creation when I finish it. Keep an eye out for more info on how you can champion this cause in your area.
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