Basically, people create snuggles (little blanket pads) in any size from a small kitten size to a large mastiff size, that are then donated to participating animal shelters around the area. It’s all over the United States and if your favorite one isn’t listed, there’s a FAQ sheet on how to get them involved.
-Great for beginner knitters/crocheters as you’re creating simple rectangles and can make them any size.
-You can use up stash yarn very quickly.
-It is very inexpensive, as cheap acrylic, washable yarns are a good thing here (yea, red heart super saver prices); even recycled yarns from old afghans, sweaters or terrible unfinished projects can be used.
-Some little animal gets something soft and their own to make their stay a bit more comfortable and secure.
So the pic above is of my first Snuggle. It’s a little lopsided (I should not have tried to crochet the border at the same time as the main body with the eyelash yarn…too easy for me to miss stitches) but I think a little kitty or puppy would be quite happy laying on it. It was made with one strand of red heart super saver yarn and one strand of eyelash yarn crocheted together in a hdc stitch (half double crochet).
Oh! And I found a Snuggles Project group on Ravelry too!