Thousands of dogs are sitting in shelters, waiting with so much hope in their hearts that one day, their new family will step up and whisk them to their forever homes.
Up until that day, staff and volunteers work really hard with these deserving canines to ensure they are loved and cared for.
Its truly one of the most rewarding thing a dog lover can do.
There’s a particular lady in the UK affectionately known as Maisie Green and at 89 years old, she’s achieved something rather heartwarming – Maisie has knitted over 450 blankets and coats for shelter dogs, to help keep them warm while they spend their cold nights in kennels.
Dogs Trust in England called forth the community to help knit dog coats a couple of years back.
“Nifty with needles or handy with a crochet hook? We’re calling all crafty types to contribute home-made dog coats for our Hope Project Christmas hampers,”the shelter wrote on their Facebook page.
The initiative has also seen homeless dog owners able to keep their four legged companions warm on those freezing winter nights.
Maisie loved the idea and she has always been a fan of knitting, being rather talented at it too. What better than to put her talent and passion to use for a good cause?
“I love knitting and I love dogs, so this combines both wonderfully! It takes me three days to knit a blanket and one day to knit a doggy coat. It keeps me busy and often, I like to knit whilst watching television. I’m delighted to be helping the four-legged residents at the center in some way,” the 89-year-old Maisie said.
Maisie Green has been involved with the initiative for 3 years now and with help of her family, goes to drop off her donations 3 times a year, with more than a dozen handmade goods at a time for those deserving pups.
“Maisie regularly brings along her knitted donations and we are so grateful for her support. With the chill of the winter months really starting to creep up on us, I know our dogs are very pleased to put the items to good use – and love feeling extra cosy!” said the Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Basildon.
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