Fleece Cat or Dog Blankets

 

Make blankets to keep cats and dogs cozy!

What you need:

  • 1 or 2 pieces of double-sided fleece – 24″ to 36″ square
  • scissors

(more photos will be added soon!)

Cut out a piece of double-sided fleece that is 24-36 inches square (exact size is not important).  Try to make the edges nice and even.

If you want, you can cut fringes on the sides.

For a thicker blanket, stack two squares of fleece and sew the edges or tie the fringes together.  (Please note: do not add catnip!  While catnip can be a fun treat for cats in homes, the hyper behavior it often produces is not a good thing for cats in a shelter environment.)

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Hay Tubes for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

Rabbits and guinea pigs need to chew and chew!  They will enjoy these fun chew toys.

What you need:

  • Paper tubes
  • Timothy Hay from the pet store (do not use grass from your yard.  Wild animals may have left nasty parasites you would not want to give to a shelter bunny or pesticides on treated grass could injure the animals.  Get the timothy hay from pet stores and be safe.  🙂

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1.  Bend a side on the end of the tube to close it.

2.  Stuff empty toilet paper tubes with Timothy hay.

3. Bend in the open end to seal hay inside.

 

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Ping Pong Ball Cat Toys

This craft is from the Animal Humane Society website in Minnesota.  Check out all the great information there about Twin City area animal shelters that you can volunteer at.

Try making this fun and easy craft for the cats at your local shelter!

What you need:  Permanent markers and ping pong balls.

1. Take your ping pong ball and get creative!

This is a great craft to do with a Daisy or Brownie troop.  Just be sure to put down a plastic table cloth so that permanent marker doesn’t get on your table.  

Here’s a few examples we created. (Of course, you can do your own) :)

 

 

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Rice Heating Pads for Animals After Surgery

Make a heating pad for animals recovering from surgery at your local animal shelter.  This craft requires basic sewing skills using a sewing machine or by sewing by hand.

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You will need:

  • Sewing machine or needles
  • thread
  • uncooked long grain white rice (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • washed and dried 10″ square of cotton fabric
  • washed and dried 10 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ piece of cotton fabric

Take a 10″ square piece of cotton material (cotton only!), fold it in half (right sides together), and sew one short end and up the long side. Use a scant 1/2″ seam allowance.

Turn right side out. This makes a little sack to which you add 12oz. (about 1 3/4 cups) uncooked long grain white rice. NO converted, brown or “minute” rice PLEASE! Now turn in the seam allowance on the remaining open end and finish with sewing across it, locking your stitches so the rice can’t get out.  This is the heating pad the shelter will warm in the microwave for the animal.

Take another cotton square cut a little bigger, say 10 1/2″ X 11 1/2″. This is going to be the little pillowcase to put the rice bag in. I used a plaid cotton flannel. Sew up this piece like you did the sack, only finish off the open end like on a pillowcase on your bed. This will be what can get washed if it gets soiled. The rice bag itself cannot be washed once the rice has been added.

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Plastic Egg Toys for Cats

This craft is from the Animal Humane Society website in Minnesota.  Check out all the great information there about Twin City area animal shelters that you can volunteer at.

Try making this fun and easy craft for the cats at your local shelter!

What you need:  Permanent markers and plastic eggs(ping pong balls also work). Optional:  If you would like, have a grownup super glue the two halves of the plastic egg together.  wait for the glue to dry before decorating.

1. Take your plastic egg and get creative!

Here’s a few examples we created. (Of course, you can do your own) 🙂

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Hello world!

Hello!  Welcome to Animal Shelter Crafts!  I am in the process of getting all of the tutorials up for crafts you can make for dogs and cats in your local animal shelter.  I am Ellie and am setting up this website as part of my Girl Scout Silver Award project.

Thank you so much for stopping by and come back soon for the tutorials!  The first tutorial will be posted by August 18, 2012 with one then posted every one to two weeks after that.

Feel free to send links to animal shelter crafts that you would like to see a tutorial made for to make the instructions more clear.  🙂

See you soon!

Ellie

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