For all you non-sewers out there...Learn how to make an easy shelter cat or dog bed with fleece, a ruler, sharpie and a scissors!
Pillows for Paws Director of Sewing & Crafts, Simina Calin, shows us how to make our PFP catnip toys in this video for shelter cats or for your own companion animals. Suggested polyfil and catnip
Not into sewing? Collect a bunch of clean, gently used or new socks and layer polyfil and light catnip. A chopstick can help to push down the filling and add until it feels like a soft pillow. Make sure you have room at the end to tie a knot. You have just made a shelter cat very happy. Suggested Catnip Toy Supply ListN
Take a TP roll and fold in the cardboard on 1 side to make a bottom. Then, stuff it with as much Timothy Hay as you can. Add a couple Vitacraft or Kaytee rabbit/guinea pig treats throughout. That's it! OPTIONAL: If you want to make your rolls even more fun and still edible: use brown uncoated & unwaxed Craft Paper, Jute Twine, & Non-Toxic Markers. Cut craft paper to go around TP roll, cut twine and tie off on each side. Take markers and write messages or designs with notes to help bunnies and guinea pigs get adopted. Final product should look like a tootsie roll! Suggested Supplies
If you are sewing shelter cat and dog beds at home, we are asking all our volunteers to please add a patch with our name on it so the shelter knows we sent them! Here are 3 easy ways to do this. 1) Take a non-toxic fabric marker and draw a heart with our name in it directly on the bed. 2) Sew a piece of muslin or light fabric onto the bed and then add our name in a heart with fabric marker. 3) Sew a heart onto the bed itself. To the left are examples!
Any animal shelter always needs TOWELS! Whether you are ready to replace your old ones or want to buy them new from our Wish List HERE (for NYC) - TOWELS are always welcome and appreciated! You can also start a TOWEL DRIVE on your own with neighbors, friends, colleagues or classmates!
Watch this video of AMAZING kids who talk about their love and what they are doing for animals. Co-produced by Pillows for Paws and the YAP Club and created by Branding Shorts.
Kids can make a difference!
Collect towels, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, and any machine washable fabrics that are cozy for animals to sleep on at the shelter.
Dogs love to chase them and it's a great way for them to stay active.
These “cuddle buddies” provide comfort and warmth for kittens and cats in their cages in a stressful shelter environment.
Students & parents can collect toys, canned food & treats for shelter animals.
Join with animal loving friends and find ways to promote animal compassion
in your community. Encourage your school cafeteria to serve more vegetarian and vegan options.
Have a bake sale or throw a party with proceeds going to purchase toys and treats for your local shelter.
Your donation will help us to bring beds, toys and treats to NYC shelter animals waiting for their forever homes.