Have you ever tried to sleep on a hard concrete floor with only a towel to soften the surface? For most of the homeless dogs and cats in New York City’s municipal shelters, that’s what bedtime means. That’s why New Yorker Susan Brandt launched the Mother’s Comfort Project, to give some of those animals a little bit of comfort while they’re housed at Animal Care and Control of New York City.
That comfort comes in the form of beds stitched together and delivered to New York’s three municipal shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The volunteers don’t just drop off the beds at the shelters’ front desks, either. Instead, they put each bed into a dog or cat’s cage — and, according to Brandt, the four-legged recipients quickly show their gratitude.
“Each animal has its own way of showing its appreciation — be it a big, slurpy lick or snuggling their faces,” Brandt says. “Like anyone who gets a visit from a friend while in a sterile location, the warmth goes a long way. We leave the shelter and see almost every animal lying on their new beds.”
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The Mother’s Comfort Project softens shelter life