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Program" enlists volunteers to make small comforters for shelter
cats, kittens, and small dogs. The comforters not only ease the
stress of the homeless animals - many of whom have been abused,
abandoned and traumatized - but they also help to ease the adoption
transition since the animals take their comforters with them to
their new homes. In addition, it’s been shown that the
comforters actually help boost adoptions since the animals appear
to be more adoptable lying on their colorful little beds instead of
crouched in shredded newspapers. During the two years following the
initiation of the program, volunteers from all over the country
provided approximately 10,000 beds and 10,000 toys for these
homeless animals. This is a fun and easy way to provide direct aid
and comfort to animals in need.
The following was submitted by Alice, who created the program for her local shelter, the Center For Animal Care And Control in NYC.
"I made the first 30 beds by hand myself (I can't sew, but it was very easy!) and brought them over to the shelter and gave them to the animals. There wasn't a dry eye in the place. The animals were drawn to them like magnets -- purring and kneading the material. Many are orphans - others traumatized by their ordeals and the little beds have a great effect on them. This is a wonderful program that any shelter could adopt."
If you would like to donate to Homeless Animal Lifeline (HAL) in New Jersey, please contact HAL at RescueHAL@aol.com for more information.
If you live outside of New Jersey, visit petfinder.com for a rescue or shelter near you!