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March 24, 2020

With the growing number of concerns over COVID-19, the threat of losing volunteers, donor dollars and overall community engagement in the shelter system is real. We encourage the practice of social distancing but would still love to see our volunteers remain involved from the comfort and safety of home. Check out some of these projects that you can complete while the Shelter remains closed to the public for appointments only.

NO-SEW FLEECE BLANKETS FOR CATS AND DOGS

No-sew blankets are easy to make and they keep our dogs and cats comfy and warm during their stay with us. You can make small ones for the cats and bigger ones for the dogs.

THROW AND TUG TOYS FOR DOGS

Dog rope toys are great for heavy chewers and for the dogs to play with while they wait to be adopted. Made from any old t-shirt and a tennis ball, these toys are interactive, durable, and machine washable.  Please be sure to make the braids nice and tight!

CATNIP PILLOWS FOR CATS

Use the t-shirt scraps left over from making the dog throw and tug toys to make these huggable toys our cats lick, kick, and enjoy for countless hours.  Catnip toys enrich the lives of the cats at our adoption centers.

SNUFFLE MATS FOR DOGS AND CATS

It is no secret that dogs and cats have an amazing sense of smell and they want to use it!  These interactive mats allow our animals to sniff out hidden treats. Fun challenges like snuffle mats help keep our animals happy and engaged while in our care and, therefore, at their most adoptable. It’s so much more rewarding to hunt for your snack first!

CAT BOUNCER

Uses sharp tools and materials—not recommended for small children

This project may take a few more supplies and a little more skill to make, but the payoff is huge. Cats love these simple toys made of wire and twists of paper!  The movement of the pieces of paper at the end of a wire attracts a cat’s attention and awakens their natural instinct to hunt. Once caught and released, the paper springs back and bounces around erratically on the wire mimicking prey and making for hours of self-sustaining entertainment.

Homemade Goodies

We also accept homemade treats, just include a list of ingredients.  Below are some sample recipes to get things cooking!

(Credit: ASPCA)