Inspired by Battersea Cats and Dogs Home’s mouse-knitting campaign, Irish knitter Jenny Harrow is running a similar campaign for Dublin SPCA.
Having volunteered both in the Dog Rehoming Kennels and in the Cattery at Dublin SPCA, Jenny understands the importance of toys for the cats, not just to entertain them, but to help them get used to socialising with people, thereby making them more appealing to families for adoption.
Jenny says: “When I saw the project at Battersea I knew that I could use my love of knitting to help the cats and kittens at the DSPCA too, so I set up Pawsitive Knits.”
Kitten season lasts from May to October, during which time hundreds of homeless kittens arrive at the shelter.
“The volume of kittens is so large, and the main resources at the shelter go towards the health of the kittens,” Jenny says. “But just as for humans, mental health and mental stimulation is important for animals too.”
With this in mind, Jenny is urging you to devote a bit of your time and some odds and ends from your yarn stash and knit a few mice or even knit a few mouselets using the free pattern provided by Kristiina Kolberg.
“The beauty of the patterns is that you can use up your leftovers from different projects, yarn weight and gauge aren’t really important and the toys take about an hour to knit so are really quick. So it won’t cost you anything to help these kittens, except the length of an episode or two of Coronation Street or EastEnders.”
You can post your finished cat toys to Dublin SPCA, Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, Ireland. Alternatively, donate them to your local cat shelter.
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