Knitters urged to create warm winter woollies for needy dogs

Knitters urged to create warm winter woollies for needy dogs

There are often campaigns at this time of year for warm clothing and blankets to be donated to help the homeless. However, have you ever heard of a winter woollies drive to help dogs in a shelter?

That's exactly what's going on in the East Midlands, where Jerry Green Dog Rescue recently launched its first-ever Great Doggy Knit Off campaign, the Northamptonshire Telegraph reports.

Anyone with a passion for knitting has been asked to put their crafty skills to good use and create miniature jumpers, hats, blankets and even tiny snoods for the canine residents of the kennels who have no permanent home but still deserve a present this winter.

Head of fundraising Catherine Foster told the newspaper: "Short-haired and older dogs particularly feel the cold this time of year. That's why we're calling for people to get crafty with their knitting needles and donate items for dogs to enjoy in their kennels and during walks."

Sadly, the rescue centre is almost at maximum capacity at the moment, so the staff will welcome any knitted creations they can get with open arms for their 160 doggy residents.

If you think you can help this worthy cause using your warmest chunky yarn, there are five centres able to receive your woollies in the East Midlands - Blidworth, Gilberdyke, Broughton, Algakirk and Thirsk. However, you may also be able to help from further afield, so get in touch with Jerry Green Dog Rescue if you're interested but don't live in the area.

Of course, bear the dogs in mind when you plan out your designs and avoid any little embellishments that could be pulled off and chewed or choked on. Remember that things like blankets will get a lot of wear and tear too, so don't use a stitch that will unravel quickly - and do tie those ends off with several knots!

It comes after the charity Cats Protection also ran a campaign for knitted blankets and even woolly toys for its feline residents last year.

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