The Animal Humane Society takes great care of the animals living in our shelters, but that's still no substitute for a loving home. You can help them feel more at home while they're in the shelters with a few easy crafts projects.
Make blankets to keep cats cozy. Cut out a piece of double-sided fleece that is 24-36 inches square (exact size is not important). If you want, you can cut fringes on the sides. For a thicker blanket, stack two squares of fleece and sew the edges or tie the fringes together. (Please note: do not add catnip! While catnip can be a fun treat for cats in homes, the hyper behavior it often produces is not a good thing for cats in a shelter environment.)
Make toys to entertain cats. Decorate empty plastic eggs or ping pong balls with permanent makers. These simple rolling toys are popular entertainment for shelter cats!
Make heating pads for animals recovering from surgery. Take a 10" square piece of cotton material (cotton only!), fold it in half (right sides together), and sew one short end and up the long side. Use a scant 1/2" SA. Turn right side out. This makes a little sack to which you add 12oz. (about 1 3/4 cups) uncooked long grain white rice. NO converted, brown or "minute" rice PLEASE! Now turn in the SA on the remaining open end and finish with sewing across it, locking your stitches so the rice can't get out. Take another cotton square cut a little bigger, say 10 1/2" X 11 1/2". This is going to be the little pillowcase to put the rice bag in. I used a plaid cotton flannel. Sew up this piece like you did the sack, only finish off the open end like on a pillowcase on your bed. This will be what can get washed if it gets soiled. The rice bag itself cannot be washed once the rice has been added.
Donated items can be brought to the customer service counter at any AHS location during regular business hours; no appointment is necessary. Groups are also welcome to schedule a tour of one of our facilities at the time they bring in their donations. Tours last approximately 1 hour; there is a $1/person fee, with a $15 minimum, for tours. Our tour schedules fill up quickly, so please schedule tours at least 2 weeks in advance.