Everyone has a least one or two tucked away in the dark recesses of their closet — ugly old sweaters that, for whatever reason, haven’t been worn for years. But instead of hanging onto those neglected garments as a reminder of your lack of style, they could go on to make a real difference in the life of a shelter dog.
The Washington County Animal Shelter in Tennessee devised a wonderful way to keep its residents cozy and warm over the colder months. For the last few years, the shelter has been appealing to the public to donate winter clothing for pets to wear.
The shelter does have a heater for when it’s extra chilly outside, but it can still be a challenge to ensure everyone is comfortable while they’re in the play area outside.
“We have doggy doors that lead to our outdoor cages. Those are left open during the day, which lets the cold air in,” one shelter staffer told The Dodo.
Unfortunately, with around 100 dogs waiting for adoption at the shelter at any one time, there’s usually a shortage of sweaters to go around..
“We never have enough of the bigger sweaters, so we can use any amount of them,” the staffer said.
Dogs at the Washington County Animal Shelter aren’t the only ones who’d be happy to wear your old sweaters. Countless shelters across the country, and particularly those in frigid climes, would likely be thrilled to receive donated cold weather clothing for shelter pets.
A single sweater can be used to make three separate dog sweaters. Here are some helpful instructions for upcycling sweaters for larger dogs, and instructions for upcycling sweaters for smaller dogs.