When the RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre welcomes a new cat into its arms, they’re immediately gifted a knitted blanket. Because the London-based center rescues cats from abandonment and neglect, many of these cats have had rough home lives or a traumatic few years – having their own blanket allows them a sense of security.
“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,” said Nicole Grover, an employee of the RSPCA.
Because the hand-knitted blankets go with the cats from the shelter to the furrever homes, the shelter is always in need of more. Every cat that’s taken in needs its own brand-new blanket – just for him/her. Because of this, the RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre is asking the public for help. They’re asking for knitted blanket donations for these cats.
Even if you’re new to knitting, this self-isolation/quarantine period is the perfect time to learn the craft! And making blankets is totally beginner friendly.
Because of COVID-19, all RSPCA locations in the UK are closed to the public. No fosters or adoptions are being had at this time, though more cats are still being rescued. The organization could use your help and blanket donations now more than ever.
Common Questions About The Blankets
What size should they be? A4 or bigger – in Inches, that’s 8″ by 11″ or larger.
Where do I send the completed blanket(s)?
RSPCA, Inside Pets at Home
Friern Bridge Retail Park
Pegasus Way, N113PW
Is there a certain material the blankets should be made with? Any machine-washable yarn is great. Avoid delicate, hand-wash yarns (like most “natural” fibers, including wool, silk, cashmere, etc).
I crochet, but I don’t knit. Is that ok? Yes! Crochet blankets are welcomed.
Do they need/accept any other hand-made items? Yes! They welcome knit or crocheted cat toys (pictured below). As with the blankets, the biggest requirement is that they’re made of machine-washable yarn.
Here are some photos of donated knit blankets: