Fluffy’s Blankets: It’s Never Too Late

While two years old, it’s never too late to spread the word about Fluffy’s Blankets. The following is a press release from Penn State University (Cooperative Extension in Chester County), originally sent out on May 10, 2010.

West Chester, PA:  May 10, 2010 – When a pet is sick, both the animal and the owner suffer discomfort, stress, and anxiety. A local group has created a novel program for providing comfort to pet owners and their beloved pets. Fluffy’s Blankets is a cooperative effort, sponsored by Friends Home in Kennett, the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, and 4-H Creating Community Networks of Chester County Extension. It provides donated blankets and emotional support to pet owners with sick or injured animals.

“Fluffy’s Blankets is a community-inclusive project that involves all ages,” says Laurie Szoke, Extension Educator for 4-H Creating Community Networks, and a pet owner herself. “When one of my dogs was seriously injured, I saw the toll it took on me and realized that there was a need to support pet owners during difficult times.” Szoke found that comforting her dog in a blanket reassured her pet and quieted her own anxiety, which led to the idea for Fluffy’s Blankets. She approached several community leaders and found they were receptive to the idea.

The program is gaining momentum and earning attention from individuals and organizations that see an opportunity to help their community in a direct way. Dr. James Beach of Walnut Hill Veterinary Clinic in Avondale has agreed to serve as the Veterinary Medicine partner.

A Fluffy’s Blanket gift includes two blankets, a heating pad (seasonal), comfort food, gift coupon for a treat/cup of coffee at a local business and a personalized card from the giver to the recipient.

Sponsors are needed for heating pads and “coffee/tea/treat” coupons from local businesses. To learn more about how you can become involved in Fluffy’s Blankets as a donor or recipient, contact Patrice Bradour at 610-444-2577 ext. 212, or Laurie Szoke at 610-696-3500.

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