NSYMCA Collecting Essential Pet Supplies for Local Shelters

  • The North Suburban YMCA is collecting supplies for pets at local animal shelters, as well as hosting an event on Feb. 27 to make pet blankets.

    The North Suburban YMCA is collecting supplies for pets at local animal shelters, as well as hosting an event on Feb. 27 to make pet blankets. Courtesy of North Suburban YMCA

Updated 1/21/2022 9:32 AM

The North Suburban YMCA's Social Responsibility Committee is collecting essential pet supplies during January and February.

The supplies will be donated to three local animal shelters including Wright-Way Rescue, Morton Grove; Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter, Deerfield; and Heartland Animal Shelter, Wheeling. Items may be dropped off at the Y's front desk at 2705 Techny Road, in Northbrook.


In addition, volunteers of all ages are invited to the North Suburban YMCA from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, to help create fleece pet blankets to donate to the shelters. The construction of the blankets require simple cutting and tying, with no sewing required. Space is limited and participants are asked to bring their own scissors and one yard of fleece.

"The community is encouraged to bring their pet item donations anytime between now and Feb. 27, the day of the pet blanket making event," said Karen Brownlee, chairwoman of the North Suburban YMCA's Social Responsibility Committee. "One of the easiest ways to teach our children about kindness and empathy is to treat animals well. The pet blanket making event helps to nurture compassion toward animals while providing opportunities for family fun and togetherness."

Recommended donated pet items include: One yard pieces of fleece material; paper towels; bleach; cat litter; laundry detergent; mops, brooms, and buckets; trash and contractor bags; unopened pet food; office supplies (paper reams, pens, highlighters, etc.); dog and cat toys; Kongs and puzzle feeder toys; leashes, collars and harnesses; and Royal Canin BabyCat Kitten Food.

Social Responsibility is a core belief of the North Suburban YMCA. The Y's Social Responsibility Committee recently hosted a successful Blessing Bag Packing Day in December. Many of the volunteers were intergenerational families who came together to help local community members experiencing homelessness. For information about the Y's Social Responsibility activities, contact Karen Brownlee at kbrownlee@nsymca.org.

To participate in the Pet Blanket making volunteer event, please register at nsymca.org or call (847) 272-7250.

The North Suburban YMCA services Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected and confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The NSYMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility and is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization, inclusive and welcoming to all in our community. Learn more at NSYMCA.org.

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