Volunteers create comfy quilts for shelter pets at HSPPR

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Every year, thousands of pets are lost, abandoned, or given up to shelters in southern Colorado.

So to make their time in the temporary home a little easier, a group of kids in Colorado Springs is working on a project to keep them comfortable.

High Country Quilts invited volunteers to lend a hand in creating kennel quilts for pets at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

Several Girl Scouts and students from the National Honor Society at Liberty High School came out to help.

For many of them, it’s their first time sewing.

“I had a little bit of a challenge when I first started, but this second time around is much easier,” NHS member Ruth Anne Jeam-Louis said.

Sewing company Bernina just released a new machine that supports the Petfinder Foundation.

For every one the company sells, they donate a portion of the profit to help homeless animals, and High Country Quilts wanted to take the idea even further.

“Karen and Jean, who are the owners of our shop, decided they needed to support the local humane society,” Vickie Pabst of High Country Quilts said.

So they donated the fabric and machines for volunteers to lend a hand in making the kennel quilts.

“There is a variety of sizes just to fit every need that the humane society could have,” Andy Pabst said.

And each one is made with love.

“I feel better, and I’m glad they have somewhere warm to lay,” Jeam-Louis said.

Even the beginner quilters are able to finish a blanket in around 10 minutes, so just one day of work will provide comfort to every cat and dog at the shelter.

“It really does mean a lot. My mom and I volunteer at the humane society every Sunday on just a regular basis, and so being able to help them even more by making these blankets and making sure that they are going to be cozy in their temporary homes is just really, really important and really a great opportunity,” Andy Pabst said.

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