A London cat adoption center has put out a blanket call for er, blankets – hand-knitted, kitten-sized blankets to be exact.
The RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre in north London, UK has come up with a win-win project that benefits both people and pets: knitting wool blankets for their resident cats and kittens! If you love knitting or crocheting and care about cats, this is an excellent way to stay busy at home during the current coronavirus pandemic.
What do the cats get out of it? Plenty, according to Nicole Grover, a staffer at RSPCA Friern Barnet. “We give all of our cats a knitted blanket when they arrive here,” explains Grover. “It's something warm and cozy for them to curl up on in their pods, and when they find their forever homes it means they have something to take with them with a familiar scent. This helps (make) the transition from our center to their new home much easier and less stressful.”
RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre is located inside a “Pets at Home” store at the Friern Bridge retail park in North London. Eager knitters should be aware that not just any blanket will do, mind you: each one should measure 30cm to 40cm (roughly 12” to 16”) wide, and be crafted from machine-washable wool. Hand-knitted cat toys are also popular with the shelter's felines and help provide welcome stimulation for both knitters and critters!
“We're incredibly grateful to all of our wonderful supporters who spend time creating toys and blankets for our cats, so we'd like to say a big thank you,” adds Grover. Best of all, it doesn't matter where you are: send your kit-knits by mail to Pets At Home, Friern Bridge Retail Park, Pegasus Way, London, UK, N11 3PW.