The Rational Animal Mother's Comfort Project held its 10th annual sewing event at the Flirt Boutique in Park Slope on Saturday, December 17th.
More than 30 volunteers came out to sew beds and toys for animals living in Animal Care and Control shelters in the three boroughs.
Kim Garode, a first-time volunteer from Williamsburg, came out to support the event because “it’s a great way to provide care and warm comfy beds and toys for these neglected animals in shelters,” she said.
The annual sewing event got its start when Susan Bradth as a child watched and helped her mother and grandmother nurture and care for neglected animals around them.
Through this experience Rational Animal was founded in 2002, because most city-funded shelters were unable to accommodate their animals.
With this in mind, Rational Animals focused on improving the lives of homeless animals, working animals and wildlife. This led to the creation of Mother's Comfort Project.
Using media and special events, the organization aims to increase public awareness for at-risk animals. At-risk animals live in shelters or suffer from abuse, according to Rational Animal board member Maggie Hurley.
Volunteers made roughly 80 beds and toys at the event, which will be delivered to Animal Care and Control shelters and placed in the animals’ cages.
This creates comfort for the animals, which makes them calmer and happier, Hurley said.
“When you offer love and protection to these animals they have a higher chance of being adopted,” she said.
Returning volunteer Heather Kahmine, who lives in Manhattan, made it her duty not to miss this year’s event.
“I always loved animals, especially cats and dogs,” she said. “I have two cats of my own I think it’s a good way to help them to and give them a little bit of comfort in a horrible place.
“Hopefully these animals will be more comfortable and adoptable,” she added.
To learn more, become a volunteer or donate to Rational Animal visit their Web site Rational-animal.org.