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Creature Comforts: Quilting & Knitting for Animal Charities
By Deb Hensel
Hugs for Homeless Animals (H4HA), also based in Portland, created the Snuggles Project, an opportunity for crafters to knit, crochet, or sew “Snuggles” (soft bedding, kennel pads, quilts, and blankets) to help comfort shelter animals around the world.
When natural disasters strike, it’s not just humans who need a helping hand. The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM), based in Arlington, Texas, held a “Kitties on Quilts” photo contest for a few years before the Petfinder Foundation came onboard as a sponsor to help create awareness of the plight of homeless animals.
In 2012, TQPM began offering free Kennel Quilt patterns on its website after Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern United States that fall. That’s when Marketing Director Nan Baker got another idea.
Quilters who wish to make and contribute Kennel Quilts can find more information on their website.
Photo A: Pet Postcards sold at the International Quilt Festival in Houston raised more than $74,000 for shelter animals over the past three years.
Photo B: Kutai, a male Sumatran orangutan, admires his quilt at the Oregon Zoo. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Zoo)
Photo C: Inji, one of the oldest orangutans in captivity, appreciates the workmanship of a quilt made just for her. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Zoo)
Photo D: A shelter dog finds warmth in a fleece Snuggle. (Copyright © 2014 by Hugs for Homeless Animals)
Photo E: Fabric depicting yarn balls, fish, and mice make a “purrfect” Kennel Quilt for this shelter kitten. (Photo courtesy of The Quilt Pattern Magazine and Kennel Quilts)