Knitters for Critters

The new Knitters for Critters program is a fun opportunity for crafty people who are looking to help a shelter pet. Using basic knitting or crochet skills, program participants create blankets, toys and other enrichment items for cats and dogs – and all from the comfort of their own home!

Whether it’s making a soft knit blanket for a dog to rest upon, or a fun crochet toy for a cat to bat around their kennel, making these handmade items is a great way for people to enrich a shelter animal’s stay.

Interested in taking part? Use the collection of tutorials below to create a set of goodies on your own, or consider forming a crafting group in your community to make items as a team. Completed items can be donated directly to our main adoption center at 510 N. LaSalle Drive.

catnip squids

Catnip Squid Toy

toadstool toy

Toadstool Cat Toy

taco cat toy

Taco Cat Toy

dog toy

Dog Chew Toy

Tube Cat Toy

Knitted Dog Bed

Crochet Dog Booties

If you questions, or are interested in obtaining a Knitters for Critters starter kit, contact our Volunteer Services Department at

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