Knitting blankets to help shelter cats

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter needs your help to keep cats awaiting adoption cozy and warm.

UPAWS participates in the Snuggles Project.  The goal of the project is to recruit volunteers to knit or crochet blankets for animals in shelters.

After receiving a large donation of yarn, UPAWS needs the help of some talented individuals.

“It helps keep the cats warm and comfy and less stressed here by giving them a real comfortable environment while they’re here at the shelter,” UPAWS Community Outreach Coordinator Melanie Bell said.  “So it’s a great opportunity for people looking to volunteer on their own time from their home.”

Yarn can be picked up at UPAWS for those interested in making blankets.  The activity is great for exercising creativity for a great cause.

“We usually make smaller blankets that are about two feet by two feet–cat sized afghans, basically–all different colors,” Bell said.  “It really depends on the person putting them together what kind of spin you’d like to put on it.”

The project is ongoing, and you can also help out by donating more yarn.

For more information about the Snuggles Project, including patterns for the blankets, head to