Do you like creating things? Do you love animals? If you answered yes to both of those questions, put a pawprint on your calendar for July 21st. It’s National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day! Making crafts for homeless pets is a great way to do something to help the sweet dogs and cats that are languishing in shelters, desperately hoping that someone will adopt them. It can also be a great rainy-day project for children! Read on as a local vet lists some things that you can make for your shelter.
R ope Toy
Fido loves playing Tug O War ! It only takes a couple minutes to turn old tee shirts or towels into rope toys for shelter dogs. Cut the material into thin strips, and then braid them together. Use different colors to make them look nice. Then, braid the braids together. Finally, tie the whole thing off with a big knot. You can also incorporate a tennis ball.
This one is great for kitties. Get a big bag of loose catnip, and some soft material. If you want to go all-out, you can make these into little mice. But here’s the thing: kitties really don’t care if their toys are shaped like mice, birds, or anything at all. You can also just make squares, and stuff those. They’re bound to be purrfect either way!
You can make a cute kitty tent for our feline pals out of an old tee shirt and a wire hanger in just a few minutes. You’ll make the neck into the ‘door’ and then use the hanger as support. This one is great for timid cats. Many kitties feel safer in enclosed spaces.
Get an old step ladder, and then attach some smooth boards onto the steps to widen them out into kitty napping platforms. Make sure that there are no sharp edges or splinters sticking out. Then, you’ll just cover the whole thing in carpet or sisal rope. Done!
Crafts For Smaller Pets
There are also many adorable bunnies, birds, and pocket pets in shelters. Little pets need love (and toys) too! You can make playthings for these smaller animals, using things like paper cardboard tubes, popsicle sticks, shoeboxes, and even plain copy paper. For example, you can turn an old toilet-paper or paper towel tube into a little ball by cutting it into small rings and reassembling it. Look online for more ideas and instructions.
Please contact us, your vet hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!