Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pet Adoption Weekend

Celebrate National Pet Adoption Weekend. Make and donate an Amigurumi Sardines Cat Toy with this free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn.
Amigurumi Sardines Cat Toy  Pattern
from Lion Brand Yarn
This weekend, May 13-15, is National Pet Adoption weekend. This is when PetSmart Charities all over the country make it extra-easy for families and individuals to adopt a new cat or dog.

I'm happy to know that PetSmart also funds programs and clinics to make spay/neuter services available at a more affordable rates to animal lovers. Helping reduce pet overpopulation is such important work.

But back to adoption. If, like me, you're not able to add a new pet to your family, consider this idea that I found on the Lion Brand Yarn blog. Instead of adopting, donate toys or other needed items to your local animal shelter. Can't afford to buy toys? Make them! Lion Brand has a page of suggestions for animal lovers who know how to knit or crochet, including free patterns for dog and cat toys, pet beds, and sweaters.

What a wonderful idea!

While I'd love to bring a new pet into our home, it just isn't practical right now. But I do know how to crochet. When I showed Sylvia the pictures of these free patterns, the cute Crochet Amigurumi Sardines Cat Toy (pictured above) definitely caught her eye. I liked the colorful Crochet Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy. Both choices take a minimal amount of yarn and very little time to make. The cat bed patterns are easy, too, and would make a wonderful gift for your local animal shelter.

All pets need forever homes and there's definitely something very special about adopting a shelter pet, but only if you have the time and the means to properly care for one. If you don't, then bless your local shelter by donating money, time, or or a few made-with-love dog or cat toys instead.

We appreciate PetSmart's pet adoption initiative. As Sylvia and I always say, rescued pets love longer!

8 comments:

  1. I wish I could add a cat to my family. However, I can't due to having a dog who does not like cats. I do think the cat in the photo is beautiful. I use to own one that looked similar I rescued from a feral kitten years ago. I sure do miss him. His name was Bones.

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    1. Sandy, dogs and cats together sometimes certainly present a challenge. I like the name "Bones" for your rescue cat. He must have been beautiful! Appreciate the visit and your comments!

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  2. Terrific suggestions, I hadn't thought about donating our former pet's things - Love your new project here too, looks terrific!

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    1. Glad you like the site, Barbara, thanks! Yes, donating our former pet's things really is a good idea. In fact, I have some things that need donated right now. Must get on that!

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  3. May is the perfect month for adopting a pet, therefore having National Pet Adoption weekend this month is also purr-fect. We have adopted several pets in the month of May simply because we usually bring home dogs and need the good weather for training outside.

    I love the crocheted sardines! Really, really cute. I bet my grandkitties would love them too. Better get out my hooks!

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    1. Great point about the month of May, Cynthia. I hadn't thought about the weather issue, but that's an excellent point. Aren't those sardines cute? Bet you could crochet up a can of them in no time! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this article Susan, it's so important to get the word out about rescues. All they want is to be loved :)

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    1. That about says it all, Fay. Lots of love to go around if people are willing. Appreciate you!

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