Do you like making crafts? Are you an animal lover? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then you may want to put a pawprint on your calendar for July 21st. It’s National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day! This is a wonderful way to do something to help the cute dogs and cats that are languishing in shelters, hoping someone will adopt them and love them. It’s also a great rainy-day project for kids! Here, a vet lists some things that you can make for your shelter.
Many of our canine pals absolutely love playing Tug O War ! It only takes a few minutes for you to turn old tee shirts or towels into rope toys. Cut the cloth into thin strips, and then braid those strips together. Alternate different colors to make them look nice. Then, just braid the braids together. Finally, tie the whole thing off with a big knot. You can also include a tennis ball for extra tail wags.
Here’s a purrfect option for kitties: get a big bag of loose catnip, and some material. Cut the material into squares of matching sides. (If you want to go all-out, you can cut the fabric into mice shapes.) Place them together, with the outsides in, and then sew around the edges. Leave a small hole, which you’ll put the catnip through before closing it up.
You can make a kitty tent out of an old t-shirt and a wire coat hanger. You’ll turn the neck into the ‘door’ and use the hanger as support, just like tent poles. This one is great for timid cats. Shy kitties tend to feel safer in enclosed spaces.
Get an old wooden stepladder. Next, attach some smooth boards onto the steps to widen them out into kitty platforms. Make sure that there are no sharp edges or splinters sticking out. Then, cover the whole thing in carpet or sisal rope. Done!
Don’t forget about all the bunnies, birds, and pocket pets in shelters. These guys need love too! You can make toys for them using things like paper cardboard tubes, popsicle sticks, shoeboxes, and even plain paper. Turn an old toilet-paper tube into a little ball by cutting it into rings and reassembling it. Or, make a hanging toy for birds out of rice cakes, popsicle sticks, and plastic shower curtain rings. Look online for more ideas and instructions.
Please contact us, your local vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!