Mother’s Comfort Project is making sure that shelter animals can enjoy the comfort of their own beds while they wait to be adopted.
The project holds monthly sew-a-thons, where animal loving volunteers come together to create beds and toys for their furry shelter friends.
Board member at Rational-Animal.org, Maggie Massimine explains that there are over 7.6 million animals living in shelters, meaning, “there’s always a need for beds.”
The video below covers a sew-a-thon that took place at Brooklyn Care Animal Centre where anywhere from 50 to 100 animals are usually housed (plus the 21 human volunteers on this particular day).
It so happens that there is a lot of turnover at this particular shelter, which is great because animals are finding homes, but only makes the demand for beds even higher. Some beds can be washed and reused for up to two years, while others need to be thrown out completely if say, an illness goes through the shelter.
Regardless of how long an animal uses a bed for, it is all worth it to witness the moment when a dog or cat is first introduced to their new beds and toys. Maggie says, “You can tell they’re happy to have something comfortable there.”
Mother’s Comfort believes that their handmade beds made with love are a better option to mass produced alternatives. Part of this is because the smell of humans on the beds makes the animals more receptive to people in the shelter.
One volunteer added, “The animals can sense the love that went into them,” making the project a win-win for the animal loving seamstresses as well as for the cats and dogs who get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
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