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Crafty neighbors encouraged to make toys for furry friends

by Carol Pezzula
Posted 6/30/19

There are many ways to help your local animal shelter, adoption, fostering, monetary donations, wishlist donations or volunteering. Maybe these are things you are unable to do or maybe you just …

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Crafty neighbors encouraged to make toys for furry friends

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There are many ways to help your local animal shelter, adoption, fostering, monetary donations, wishlist donations or volunteering.

Maybe these are things you are unable to do or maybe you just prefer to be more creative. Anything you do to help will be greatly appreciated by the staff and especially by the animals.

National Craft For Your Local Shelters Day is July 21. Making homemade toys and other items can provide shelter animals needed stimulation, play or comfort while they wait for their forever homes. A few ideas are:

• “Adopt Me” bandanas or vests

• Fleece blankets

• Dog or cat beds

• Cat toys such as catnip filled toys, kickers or scratchers

• Dog toys such as rope toys made out of fleece or old T-shirts

• Homemade Cat and Dog treats

This could be a great project for your scout group or other group looking for a group/community project or just a way to help the animals. There are many ideas and instructions online for these and many other DIY items.

The Humane Society of Rome has some loving dogs and cats who would love to have some homemade gifts while they are waiting to go to their new homes. King and Chance are just two of the animals waiting to meet you.

King is a 2-year-old male, Border Collie/Pit Bull Terrier Mix. He is a very sweet boy who loves to play fetch and he even has a love for the water hose. He may sound like he is all play, but he loves a good snuggle and belly rub.

He has endless potential and has even enjoyed meeting all the furry friends here, and he has even lived with cats. Come down to the shelter and ask to play with him in the yard.

Chance is a handsome 2-year-old, sweet but shy boy. He is new to the shelter and the staff just loves him.

But, they say he needs time to warm up to families because he is so new. Once you meet and you are both comfy with him being petted and sharing some love, he is sure you can be great friends.

He would be good in an adult-only home that is quiet and as the only fur baby. He tends to be an observant kitty and finds little areas, like his sleeping spot here, to settle in for the day. He is so easy to care for. What a breeze it will be to have him in your home. Come see me soon.

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