Knit Any of These Projects to Help Dogs and Cats in Animal Shelters

How would you like to help dogs and cats in animal shelters?

Sadly, millions of dogs and cats currently live in animal shelters. I hope that if at all possible, when you decide to get a pet dog or cat, you adopt a rescue.

Not all of us can adopt cats or dogs (or perhaps our homes are already full of furry friends!), however. So why not do the next best thing: knit for shelter animals!

Shelter workers are saintly and work hard, but there’s no denying that shelters aren’t the most ideal places for dogs and cats to live. Some great gifts to offer your local pet shelter include blankets, beds, toys, and sweaters.

Below you can check out the many great patterns you can use to create wonderful donations that will brighten the lives of dogs or cats awaiting adoption!

Pet Patterns for Charity Knitting

Indy’s Ball: Here’s a simple felted ball pattern that’s a great way to use up wool scraps. You can put a bell or squeak toy inside for a dog, or fill it with catnip for a cat!

Catnip Mouse: These little mouse toys are irresistible! Again, they’re designed for cats, but they can easily be modified for doggie playtime.

Super Plush Pet Afghan and Royal Pet Afghan: These two adorable Lion Brand afghan patterns offer Fido or Fluffy a super-warm spot to curl up for a nap!

Cables and Hearts Dog Coat: Many dogs need coats in colder weather, and this adorable coat definitely fits the bill!

Bark-A-Lounger: Want a real challenge for a very special gift? Try this stunningly beautiful Fair Isle knitted pet bed! It was designed for a dog, but I have a sneaking suspicion any cat would love it, too.

And there you have it – six wonderful patterns so you can help dogs and cats in animal shelters awaiting their forever homes!