Your Ugly Old Sweaters Can Make A Huge Impact To A Shelter Pet


Everyone has one of those sweaters that you will never ever wear but for some reason you still have in your closet taking up space. But instead of hanging onto those eye sores,  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 their residents cozy and warm over the colder months by giving them little sweaters. The shelter is always on the lookout for donated winter clothing for pets.

Fortunately, transforming an old sweater into a dog sweater is a rather simple task.


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.


With around 100 dogs waiting for adoption at the shelter at any one time, there’s is a large need for sweaters.

“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 get recycled sweaters. There are a lot of shelters across the country, and especially those in frigid climates, would likely be thrilled to receive donated cold weather clothing for their 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.


We encourage you to Contact your local animal shelter to find out more ways to help. And please do yourself and others a favor, GET rid of those hideous sweaters!


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