I've cast on a new project which I'll share when it's a little larger. In the meantime, I hope you will not mind if I share a few thoughts on our furry friends with you.
Chris and I visited almost ten shelters and foster homes before we found our new girls, Rainy and Rosie. Some were modern, spacious, and clean, where the cats were allowed to walk freely (unless they were sick or new Moms). Others were in houses or rooms in houses where quarters were tight, and the needs of the cats seemed to overwhelm their caretakers. Cages were stacked on cages, because the weather had gotten cold, people had turned over stray cats they'd been feeding outside on their back doorstep all summer, and the shelter or foster home just couldn't say no.
I have a tremendous admiration for the volunteers who must see all manner of atrocities, and work so hard to give these animals a better life until they can hopefully be adopted. I know everyone is busy during this time of year, but I want to ask you, if you can spare a few minutes or resources, to please encourage the volunteers at your local shelters and the pets they care for. Here are a few ideas:
- a small check is a big help in covering veterinary costs for newly rescued pets
- a gift card or certificate to a local pet supply store
- cans or bags of food, cat litter, treats, bones, leashes, toys. Most shelters feed their own residents with donations, but the shelter in our previous city also had a pet food bank where seniors with tight incomes or people out of work could come and take what they needed. The shelter staff told me that many, many times when people found a new job they'd come back and replace the food to give to someone else. If you know someone out of work who has a pet, you could also gift them directly.
- old towels and blankets. The animal control officer in our new town cannot get enough of these, for bathing new rescues, and making those cages a little more comfortable. This one is easy, doesn't cost anything, and you get the benefit of more room in your linen closet too.
- There is a group on Ravelry called Helping Hands for Homeless Animals. They knit or crochet blankets and toys to donate to their local shelters, and there is a KAL going on now through spring. A great way to use up those leftover yarns.
Thank you in advance for anything you can do, before or after the holidays. It will be greatly appreciated!
Our nativity set got a little crowded this year (click to enlarge)