Get crafty for homeless dogs

If you are a dab hand with the needle and thread or you are keen to learn how to sew, then Battersea Dogs & Cats Home needs you. We are calling upon keen crafters to make scented doggie bags to help keep some of our 500 dogs calm in kennels while they wait for loving new homes.

Date:
24 October 2011

Doggy BagsThe doggie bags are part of Battersea’s kennel enrichment plan which aims to bring variety into the dogs’ day through the use of different smells, tastes and sounds to help reduce stress in the kennel environment.

The scented bags feature a Staffordshire Bull Terrier motif as part of the Home’s campaign to show the softer side of the breed and have been designed exclusively for Battersea by designer and author Helen Philipps. She says: “These scented bags are so cute and very easy to make, so even if you’ve never tried sewing before this is a great project to start on. It’s also a fun way to help a good cause – it won’t cost you much but will make a big difference to Battersea dogs.”

Scented doggie bags will be hung in the dogs’ kennels and can be filled with various dried herbs such as lavender. Claire Matthews, Canine Welfare Trainer at Battersea adds: “Not only will the doggie bags bring a bit of variety to the everyday smells in kennels, but they will also look really nice hanging in the dogs’ kennels and hopefully make the dogs stand out to potential new owners looking around!”

Download your Scented Doggy Bag Instructions (857 kb) [pdf]

Download the Staffie Outline that you'll need (464 kb) [pdf]

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions

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