If you would like to order beds or other items, it is important you read this .
We are located in Terryville, Ct. If you are local you can pick up your order.
We will need to know a few things BEFORE we start working on your order. We will need to know: # 1-------- How many beds you need #2-------What size beds
If ordering jackets how many and what size-----if ordering toys how many.
We work with Alpha Dog Transport-----they are good enough to carry the beds to you at no cost-----PLEASE be courteous and make contact with Jeff before your scheduled meet to pick up your beds.
Alpha Dog has scheduled stops in the following states:Ohio---Missouri---Arkansas
Please tell us what city you are in so we can determine if you are close enough to their scheduled stop—if you are, you will need to commit to meeting the truck on that day at that time at that location.
Lastly, we cannot ship the beds. They are too big and bulky and the cost would be astronomical. We can ship the jackets and toys at your cost for shipping.
(Photo courtesy of Diana Madison Colello).
Thank you to Shelter Dog Bed Project for all the supplies we needed!
(All items made from donated materials!)
"Thank you for my Christmas gift," from the Pound Babies in Bibb County Alabama.
(I don't know which is cuter. The puppy jacket, or the puppy!!!)
Photo and comment courtesy of the Pawsitively Pom Rescue.
Rescues in need, please contact us. email@example.com or 860-940-7661.
This is just half of the AWESOME donation of fabrics we'll use for filling the beds. Thanks Janine, President of Dress A Girl Around The World, for thinking of us!
Workshop: 351 Main St Terryville, Ct in the garage.
Phone number: 860-940-7661
Alternate number: 860-261-5121
Donations can be left near door on driveway if I am not home.
Thanks everyone for supporting us!
Anyone local to Terryville, we could use volunteers. All kinds of things to be done. The garage is heated.
Hours: Monday - Friday 2PM - 4PM
(Please call to arrange a time)
Our workshop is at 351 Main St Terryville, Ct in the garage.
Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Our phone number is 860-940-7661
Alternate number is 860-261-5121
Donations can be left near door on driveway if I am not home.
Thanks everyone for supporting us!
From Rosalie DeCrosta: "This is a wonderful organization. Beds for dogs in shelters go out all round the nation. Winter is almost here, please don't let a dog that has been left at an animal shelter sleep on a cold concrete floor. Drop off linens or pillows to Patty. Thank You !"
Thank you to Patty At Shelter Dog Bed Project for the much needed beds! We have new dogs arriving and we needed them badly. Thanks Patty!! ❤🐾❤
They will be put to good use for the doggies!
(CT only please as we have no way to transport)
We have run out of storage space! We picked up a truck load of blankets today from Unitex. These are great to cover the crate to keep the doggie warm. Please get in touch come get some or we can deliver (we will ask for gas $) We also have lots of bedpads for the taking!
Okay folks! Here we are again. The garage is filled to the rafters with beds and other comfort items and not one request since late August. Did all the rescues close? Do all the dogs have warm beds? I am at a loss here.
We offer pickup. We offer delivery. All beds are donated so cost can't be a reason. We work with transports who deliver out of state. We answer every email promptly. We have an up to date website. I welcome any and all suggestions as to how to reach you. I guess it's up to you now. We're here!
Please CLICK THE "MORE" TAB ON THE RIGHT and scroll down to the CONTACT FORM. The contact form is one of the BEST ways to communicate with us. To bypass missed phone calls and dropped emails please fill out the contact form entirely. Please don't leave anything out. Thanks!
(phone, city/state, rescue, CT pick up, washer/dryer? What do you need? How many? What sizes?)
Mucho thanks Tammy of Critter Calvary for collecting pillows for us. And triple thanks for loading up your car with bedpads to go south!
So...When the World and the Guns and the Krazy get you to feeling Like
there's nothing you can do to change it. Don't. There is. Find A Cause. One with Paws, if you wish, or
hunger; or water, or a variety of ways to contribute to community; to make A Difference. It's really Easy.
Here's One Way...Do you often think of how Shelter Dogs are treated; even in Good Places. Patty Hichborn did. And, done something about it and still does.
Subject: Shelter Dog Bed Project
I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate
the dog pads you make. They are the greatest beds for the
little dogs when they are in their crates. The pads are easy
to wash in the machine and provide a soft place for the dogs
to sleep at night. Thank you again for all your help.
For the Animals,SuzyRescued
Hearts Animal Shelter
The truck full of johnnies. Thanks, Tony!!!
This is Chantilly[Lace] a foster that belongs to The Diamonds In The Ruff. She is so Happy. Thank You for helping our rescue!
We don't know if you guys have a washer & dryer. We do have items available that you can use and discard. We don't know what you all need, so PLEASE contact us! We are willing to deliver to you, but we need to know when you are there so please contact us to make arrangements for delivery! email: email@example.com phone:860-940-7661 Facebook: shelter dog bed project website: shelterdogbedproject.weebly.com
We would like to give a BIG BIG THANK YOU to the Shelter Dog Bed Project for donating these awesome dog beds, blankets, and toys for our dogs (and cats too)! They are based out of Connecticut and donate all of these supplies to shelters to help their animals. Please give them a shout out and like their page, follow their website, or help by donating supplies so they can continue to help homeless pets everywhere. Our animals thank you from the bottom of their hearts!
Mattresses, Pillows, Towels, Comforters, Blankets,
Mattress pads, and Sheets, all welcome materials for
making dog beds and tug toys!
Thank you to all who have donated!
Look at all these happy faces!
Thank you, Shelter Dog Bed Project!
Please contact us if you would like to have a raised dog bed.
Raised beds are available for Ct and pick up only due to restrictions with the transports.
This item is something that we do not normally make. We charge $5 a piece for these beds. GREAT VALUE for five bucks!
WE NEED PILLOWS!
Anyone -can you organize a pillow drive in your community for us?
I run a cat rescue called "Better Days RescueFund, Inc." We were fortunate to have received donations from the South Britain Congregational Church
Outreach Program. Part of the donations were your INGENIOUS pet beds! What a great idea and the cats love them!! We go through beds like crazy and they always get ruined becauseyou can't easily wash them but yours are perfect! They look like a lot of work to produce and I can't thank you enough for making such an effort to provide these beds. Thanks again for your good work!
Thanks to Mrs. H. for remembering us with a generous donation of all kinds of fabrics! We will make lots of pillowcases for the beds!
Let us know if you need beds, mats, tug-toys and more.
Meet Patty Hichborn of Terryville, Connecticut. She's a dog lover with a HUGE heart. She spends a lot of time in her garage making dog beds and she donates them to any animal shelter or dog rescue in need. And not just in Connecticut. She started the Shelter Dog Bed Project back in 2011 and it's grown by leaps and bounds. All of the beds are made by hand and filled with love. If you know of a shelter or a dog rescue group in need, contact Patty and she'll figure out a way to get them to you!
Contact Patty at 860-261-5121
Looking forward to working with you Jen!
ATTENTION ACO's: We realize some animal control facilities do not have a way to wash & dry stuff. These linens shown can be used and discarded. Get in touch if you need some! firstname.lastname@example.org
very much enjoyed! Thank you so much!!!
AWESOME donation today! THANKS!!!!!!!!! Kristy and Jeannie!
Your donation will go a long way to make the doggies comfortable!
What a wonderful afternoon!
Mucho thanks to Jill and Kim for getting 50 beds made today!
Kim is my right arm! We went to the Hartford facility today of Unitex. We stuffed the truck with more than 600 bed pads, then home to sort and bag them. We got over 450 in bags ready for all the rescues! The rest we spot bleach the spots and rinse, and then bag.
Thanks so much Kim for your dedication to the project!
We picked up the second load of bath blankets from McLean Home in Simsbury. Thanks Amy and Kathy for thinking of us! We have plenty now. We'll be cutting this bunch into quarters to make easier washing for the rescues.
We are backed up with ready to go beds-toys-pads-mats & towels!
Since we do not collect any money from the public, any money we do have goes to materials not donated.
We are offering delivery of whatever you need to you
we will ask for a small donation ($5 or $10 for gas).
We have a full size pickup truck so the more we can bring to you the better!
Please contact us! email@example.com or, 860-940-7661.
Please call 860-940-7661 before coming. (This is just to ensure we have some).
Also, if I won't be home I can leave them in the driveway for you!
Thank you, to everyone that has donated items to the Shelter Dog Bed Project.
Every bed is lovingly made from donated/recycled materials. Thank you, to all of the volunteers who have donated their time making and transporting the dog beds to shelters all over the country!
If you would like to donate or volunteer, please contact Patty. It's not only rewarding, but fun too!
Today we made an awesome connection with Unitex Linen Service in Hartford. We will now have an unlimited supply of these bed pads; waterproof on one side and quilted on other side- 34"x30". These are like the ones they use in hospitals and nursing homes.
Any rescue/shelter/animal control/foster/that can use these pads get in touch with us. Today Kim and I picked up 200. That's all that would fit in my car! Many thanks go to Dave at Unitex for the speedy reply and arrangements for pickup!
This is a car load of bedspreads, about 40 throw and bed pillows and sheets delivered to Terryville for Patty Hichborn. She is the Shelter Dog Bed Project and not only makes beds for shelters in Connecticut, she ships them all over the United States. She also shares her material to another organizations that makes cat beds ! She is great ! This is about 1/2 of what I delivered to her today and she can always use more. If you have anything for her, give me a call or email her and help make a shelter dog's life a little more comfortable ! Thank You !!
(Under the "More" tab above, you can access the "Contact Us" form if you'd like to get in touch with Patty).
More sheers! And all the other stuff too!
Kim went along to Charities of Hope in Wethersfield, CT to pick up a donation of bedding and pillows!
Came back home ready to work making beds. Got 30 done and ready.
Thanks so much Kim, for your hard work!
We can be reached at 860-940-7661 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our workshop is at 351 Main St Terryville, Ct. Donations can be dropped off anytime or we can pick up in Bristol and surrounding towns.
Thank you Shelter Dog Bed Project for all of the wonderful beds, blankets and toys! We can't wait to give them to our dogs! Lexi is already enjoying one!
I'm sorry for the delay in response. I have logged several hundred miles in rescue transportation the last four days and am exhausted. My rescue doggies love your pillows, blankets and tug toys! I love that everything is washable and the pillows can be wiped down. I had a lot of fun watching their reaction to the crinkling sound when they stepped onto the pillows. They are used to it now.
You sent plenty in January so I don't need any more in February. May I let you know as my numbers increase?
I'm working on getting some foster homes in place and would like to make sure everyone has bedding for the rescue
dogs. I have given your cards, that were attached to the pillows, to two other rescues in my area. They both do excellent work
and would appreciate the help. Your gift is such a blessing to this rescue and to me. I'm happy that you found us!
Thanks very much for everything you do to further animal rescue.
Ruby & Reba are available for adoption. These girls are incredibly sweet and adore children. They're 1 1/2 year old Terrier/Dach mixes and are fully vetted. If you're interested in giving them a loving forever home, please contact email@example.com.
Patty started making beds for shelter dogs after seeing an older Lab curled up on a cold, hard floor in a shelter. After providing him with a bed and seeing how comforted he was, she resolved to do the same for other dogs. The project has taken off and she has provided hundreds of beds to shelters around the country. Most of the materials are donated, and volunteers help with transport and other tasks. See more on Patty's project at http://shelterdogbedproject.weebly.com/, and at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelter-Dog-Bed-Project/165097376912809.
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This is just one way we are getting the comfort items to the rescues and shelters. Anyone interested in sewing these items, send me an email in the Contact Us form, under the "More" tab and we can arrange to get the fabric to you!
From Ruth: "Getting ready to deliver some kennel pads, blankets, and crocheted items to the local shelter (41 items total). Here's an overview of the pads, pillows, and blankets made from the fabrics you sent! Some of these are made with a combination of plush fabric you sent and what I had on hand....worked out great."
Thanks Paul(bie) for the bag of goodies you dropped off. All will be put to good use!
Working on the beds. Made a fantastic connection with Critter Calvary. They will bring beds to the south on their private transport! This is a huge shot in the arm for us!
Working on the pillowcases. Anyone interested? Thursday this week or the weekend anytime. Contact Patty at 860-940-7661.
We'd like to give our heartfelt thanks to Patty of the Shelter Dog Bed Project for the wonderful dog beds she made and donated, and also to Holly and Jill for bringing them to us. (Jill brought them here all the way from Connecticut!)
Patty started making beds for shelter dogs after seeing an older Lab curled up on a cold, hard floor in a shelter. After providing him with a bed and seeing how comforted he was, she resolved to do the same for other dogs. The project has taken off and she has provided hundreds of beds to shelters around the country. Most of the materials are donated, and volunteers help with transport and other tasks.
Recently, Patty received this amazing post from
9:16am Jan 5 Passion......is
doing something you LOVE!!
Well, our first "Motivation Monday" story is
about a woman that saw a dog at a shelter, without its own
bed...and well, she took it upon herself to do something
about it, make one!! What is amazing is that not only did
this one (1) dog get its own bed....but so did hundreds
more, and with our help even more will have a nice warm,
handmade doggie bed of their own too!!
Patty Hichborn, a local friend, has started making beds for
shelter dogs for a few years now, and continues to hold
"Make-A-Bed" day, once a month (open to the
public)....usually on a Sunday, from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm.
These sessions are held at 351 Main St. 06786, with parking
@ 353 Main St.
Patty, is on a mission to make as many beds as she
can....and as we all know with it comes a large supply list
too. Donation needs and much more information on this
amazing woman and her mission can be found on the "Patty's
Story" tab above.Please take a moment to read this inspiring story
and join me in thanking Patty, and all the wonderful
volunteers that have helped her, in one way or another, in
her mission to make sure ALL sheltered dogs have a bed to
rest on. Hundreds of beds have been made already, but there
are so many more needed.
If you would like to help, there are many things you can
do...without even having to sew, and trust me I
can't...but, I can sort cloth, use scissors, and YES,
our Youth can get involved also!
Thanks Karen, for the awesome donation of bedding items! We will put them to good use!
We are making tied fleece blankets to support the Shelter Dog Bed Project.
Blankets are 30"x40" in many different colors- $12 each
When ordering to be shipped, we can fit 3 blankets in a medium flat rate box.
3 blankets shipping included is $45.
Please contact form under the more tab above.
The official tally of beds donated in 2014 is----719!!!!!!!!
We didn't reach our goal of 1000 beds, but it is 719 more doggies with a warm bed!
To all the followers to the project, THANKS for your support!
Let's work on getting word to the rescues! free beds!
Most cases they are delivered! what more could they ask for?
Recently, Patty received this sweet message from Debbie out in Helena, Alabama!
This is exactly why Patty with the Shelter Dog Bed Project does what she does!
This is Debbie Vines with Two By Two Rescue out of Helena Alabama.
Your wonderful group had sent us some beds and toys
last year. Our babies loved them and we are still using some
of the waterproof mats at our kennels. We have had such a
blessed year and have been able to place so many dogs in
loving, forever homes! We sent your tug toys and even a few
pocket beds with some of our puppies in their " going
home bags" when they were adopted. We have so many that
are still waiting for their homes to come and we would love
for them to have a bed or special toy to take with them once
their new families find them. I have 13 puppies at my house
along with several adult fosters abd they ALL love the tug toys.
Would it be possible for us to be blessed by your wonderful group again?
We will take whatever you can spare. I pray you have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
God Bless you for making all those sweet babies feel so special.
Thanks to all who donate and to all who help make the dog beds and dog toys!
Thank you, again!
Delivered 25 beds and blankets and toys to Jen at Brass City Rescue Alliance in Waterbury today! So happy to help the doggies keep warm!
Thanks! to Sandy & Kim at Mack& Molly's Pet Parlor (next door) for saving stuff for the project!
Thanks go to the thrift shop on Willow Street in Winsted for saving blankets for all the doggies!
Sharing a nice email the Shelter Dog Bed Project received recently from Ruth, a fellow animal advocate in Tennessee.
Thank you, Ruth for taking the time to make all these amazing dog beds! (3 Photos on the right)
I took some time to get a few
pictures of the beds/mats I’ve been making with the
fabric you sent. They’ll be going to the shelter
next weekend along with some others I’ve made
(crocheted & some sewn from other fabrics I
had) Thank you so much (and Jeff, too) for getting
this fabric to me! Our local shelter was asking for
donations just the other day, so I think they’ll be
happy with our donation.
Take care…..talk to you
For any new followers:
Check out our website: shelterdogbedproject.weebly.com
Anyone local to Terryville, Ct, we could use volunteers to help make the beds and other comfort items.
Please call Patty at 860-940-7661 if you are interested in helping to keep the doggies warm and cozy!
Patty delivered 15 Beds and 15 Pockets to PETS! Heading to a shelter in Birmingham, Alabama! Thanks, Kyle!!!!
Just made these tied blankets from the fleece scraps from Roseanne. Something else to keep the doggies warm!
This awesome donation is from the folks at DeLorenzo Apartments in Bristol, a senior housing building. Thank you so much!
Thanks again, Jill, for another pile of mattress samples from Jill today and a bonus of her helping to take the pieces off the cards too! thanks so much Jill for keeping us in mind!
From Frenzy Animal Rescue: Thank you so much Shelter Dog Bed Project for the wonderful beds. As you can see, the dogs love them and they are are so well made.
Let's all give Frenzy Animal Rescue a "Like" on Facebook!
Thanks Perry, for collecting all of these pillows for the dog beds! Way to go! They will be put to good use!
Thanks Jim, for the foam and sheets and stuff! This donation will make a lot of dogs really happy!
Thanks Marissa for the nice blankets and sheets! They will be put to good use!
This has got to be the most awesome donation yet! Thanks Jill, for thinking of us. These are samples from a mattress factory! This is what it is all about: Recycle/Reuse!
Thanks to whoever left the foam mattress today. These cushions will make like 6 beds!
Patty got a visit from an old friend. Thanks, Carol for the fleece pieces from your project. These make great filling for the beds!
What a wonderful donation from Kathy of West Hartford today! Thanks for collecting all this stuff for the beds!
Thanks to whoever left the nice comforter and pillows and a cute doggy pillow cover. It will all be put to good use!
What a wonderful turnout for our 4th Make-A-Bed Day!! We reached our goal of 100 beds made! Mucho thanks to Jim, Chris, Debbi, Lynn and Dave ! We never could have done it without you! — (With Lynn Couture Giordano and Dave Fuoco).
Wow! What a surprise! Sandi and Arlene came bearing a donation of stuff that will be used to make a whole bunch of dog beds. A whole truck full! Thanks so much, ladies!
Just met up with Jeff of Alpha Dog Transport. He'll be delivering 20 beds to Frenzy Animal Shelter in Indiana. Thanks again, Jeff!
Thanks so much to Emily and her co-pilot for carrying beds and goodies back to Pasadena, Texas Animal Shelter. We couldn't do it without you!
Thanks go to the nice person who left lots of fabric for the pillowcases! Thank you so much!
Thank you Jim B. of Southington for remembering us! Another great donation! We appreciate it. Thanks again, Jim!
Thanks to whoever left the comforter and pillows over the weekend! They will get put to good use.
We would love to thank you all personally. Feel free to sign the guest book when you drop off a donation!
Thank you, again!
Patty's sister Debbi reached out to Superior Threads in St. George, Utah and they sent some thread as a donation! Thanks Debbi for your support! And many thanks to Bob at Superior Threads!
Thanks to the person who dropped a box with blankets and towels! They will go a long way!
Wonderful work Jim! My neighbor, Jim dropped off a big box of tug toys he braided and took more to make! You will make lots of doggies happy!
I would like to say thank you to the folks who left donations over the weekend. All sorted and put away!
Another successful Make-A-Bed Day!
Millions and billions of thanks to Debbi and Vera today! Between the three of us, we got 47 dog beds made!
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Thank you so much for the dog beds you donated to our
shelter in August--the dogs love them!!
I am doing our fall newsletter and would like to mention the donation.
However, I don't know the name of your organization.
I would like to have the name and also a little information
about your organization.
Carol Walker, Newsletter Editor
Harmony Haven Animal Shelter
Terre Haute, IN
Many thanks to Linda for the bags of fabric which will be put to good use! Thanks again!!!
Thanks Lynn for coming to help make raised beds and double thanks for the donation of pillows!
What a great surprise! Thanks so much Jim for the ready made tug toys! So many happy doggies will get them! And thanks for the pillows too for stuffing!!!
Many thanks go to the homeowner in Bristol who put these out to the curb! We love donations. Thank you
Don't forget about this Sunday: September 14. Please join us for another Make-A-Bed Day. See details on our home page.
These are the frames for the raised beds we make. Waiting for the top piece to be put on. Any helpers handy?
What a wonderful surprise today! Thanks so much to the gal from Naugatuck for the foam! Jim of Terryville left the tug toys! We have been concentrating on the beds lately so these toys are just in time!
Thanks to whoever left this wonderful donation ! Every rescue needs towels!
Just look at this donation of goods from Help Willy's Friends! A whole truck load. After it was all unloaded and sorted, look what Patty's got to work with! This all equates to a lot of dog beds! Thanks again, Mark!!!!
This is another photo of what Mark sent us from Help Willy's Friends. So much stuff! Thanks millions Mark!
Came home on Saturday to these 3 bags of goodies. Thanks to whoever left them!
Though it's hard to see all the goodies, the whole truck is filled with bedding to make beds for the rescue dogs! Thanks so much Mark of Help Willy's Friends!
Sent off 20 beds to Beau&Bella the Beautiful Bichons in Maryland to be distributed, via Alpha Dog Transport. Thanks so much Jeff! We really appreciate you!
Thanks to the person who dropped off 3 bags of donations for us! It will all get put to good use! Thank you!
Remember: There is a Guest Book at the drop off site at 351 Main, in Terryville, CT. We'd love to thank you by name, if you are inclined to sign the book. But, either way, WE THANK YOU!!!!!
What an awesome weekend! Just finished stuffing Emily's van with 65 dog beds!!! She and Georgette are heading back to Vermilion Parish, Louisiana where the beds will be welcomed by a lot of shelter dogs. Safe driving Emily and Georgette! And thank you for your devotion to dogs!
Patty (pictured on the right) dropped off 20 beds to Jeff going to Maryland and then dropped off 20 more to Barbara in Newington. Barbara will deliver the beds to Mark of Help Willy's Friends in Durham. Mark will distribute the beds to the rescues he is in contact with. Such great teamwork!
Sharing another heart-felt message from Jerri Laubert. Thank you, Jerri for the kind message!
On behalf of Harmony Haven, thank you for the wonderful pet beds! Big thank
you to Jeff from Alpha Dog Transport who managed to get themto Indiana. I delivered them to the shelter today. They are awesome!! I'm going to try and get photos of the dogs enjoying their new beds.
August 20, 2014
Thank you, Jerri Laubert for the kind message:
I just wanted to let you know that we picked up the pet beds in Brazil, IN, which is closer than Indy. Worked out perfectly.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I know some furry little guys are going to be so excited about their new
beds! They smelled so good (cedar) when they put them in the car. I can't wait to deliver them Friday to Harmony Haven.
I told Anita that the stipulation was that the bed go with them to their new home, She said, "Of course!" I think your Shelter Dog Bed Project is a wonderful organization. These guys get so excited when I bring them their washed blankets and put them in the kennels for them I can't imagine what they'll do when they get their very own bed. I'm so glad we got this worked out and a big, "Thank you," to Jeff and Alpha Dog transport.
August 21, 2014
Harmony Haven Shelter
Terre Haute, IN
Awesome donation today from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. This will keep us in fabric for the beds for a few years!!! And look at all that filling, too in those bags!
Thanks a million!
Please join us on Sunday, September 14, for our 3rd Make-A-Bed day.
See our Home Page for details. Let's see if we can make 100 beds on that day!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all who participated in another successful Make-A-Bed Day!!!
68 beds were made today! Patty would like to thank Ann, Marie, Debbi, Chris, Sandy and Arlene.
You've all made a lot of shelter dogs very happy!
Patty looks forward to seeing you all again on Sunday, September 14. Everyone is welcome, so come and join us! See our Home Page for details.
A HUGE thank you goes out to Olga, who insisted on delivering her donation of blankets to the project herself. Being 90 years old, didn't stop Olga from helping out the project, ultimately, making a lot of shelter dogs very happy. Thank you, Olga!
What a great team!
Jeff (pictured on the right) runs the routes for the Alpha Dog Transport and his wife, Kelly, runs the New England All Breed rescue in Leicester, Mass., which currently shelters 22 dogs.
Four bags of beds are being delivered to Harmony Haven in Terre Haute, Indiana (that makes 19 states!), which equals out to 20 dog beds and 10 pocket beds. Thanks, Jeff and Kelly!
We can not thank you enough, Jeff and Kelly! You've made a lot of shelter dogs very, very happy!
You can make one of these beds too. Please join us on on Sunday, August 17 at 10AM for our monthly, Make-A-Bed Day. See our home page for details!
Sharing a message from Carli Leavitt who read about Patty's love for dogs!
Thank you, Carli for taking the time to share your story. And you as well, have
made a couple of shelter dogs, very, very happy!
I was going to contact you about sharing an article about
who is liable in the event of a dog bite in Arizona for a
client of mine, but after looking at your site and reading
about what you do - all I want to say is, "Thank You!"
I am a Mom to two incredible rescue dogs, one of which was
saved from a high kill shelter, and the idea of him sleeping
on cement, scared and cold breaks my heart. Luckily now
he's in a cushy bed with a temperpedic topper, but still
here are so many dogs in shelters sleeping on the ground
alone and hearing about your project brought tears to my
eyes. Thank you so much for the Shelter Dog Bed Project!
I'm sure there are lots of pups who thank you too!
We would like to thank the person who left this wonderful donation of fabric and stretchy material. The fabric will be used as filling for the beds. The stretchy material will be used to make tug toys. Again: Thank you so much!
Patty met Emily (on the right) through Suzanne (below pic of Emily), who works through a rescue: Labs and More.
Suzanne recently transitioned from a rescue in Texas to her own rescue in Ct. She met Emily on the internet, they made quick friends and now Emily brings 10 dogs a month up to Suzanne to be adopted and placed in foster care. Emily works (volunteers) at Animal Aid for Vermilion in Lafayette, Louisiana, which is a high kill shelter.
Before Emily heads back to Louisiana, she stops in Terryville and loads up her van with beds and other items and distributes them to the shelters she passes on her way home. Just this last trip she brought 35 beds back!
Thanks so much, Emily and Suzanne! You've made a lot of dogs very happy!
The SHELTER DOG BED PROJECT is holding the 2nd MAKE-A-BED DAY!
When: Sunday August 17, 2014
Where: 351 Main St Terryville, Ct
Time: 10am-1pm (Rain date the following Sunday.
Parking will be available next door at 353 Main Street
Everyone is invited to join in making a bed or 2 or 3 for a rescue dog---all materials provided-- no special skills needed
Save the date and join us!
What a GREAT turnout! Thanks to everyone who came and made a bed or 2 or 3! Hoping to do this again in August! And thanks so much for the bedding donations! You've made a lot of shelter dogs very happy!
Just had to share this heart-felt message from Christine Dreton of Southbury, CT, that she sent to Patty at the Shelter Dog Bed Project:
We delivered the five large ones to REGAP (Rescued Greyhounds as Pets) that same afternoon, and filled the empty space in the car with Zen, Sue's new adopted
greyhound. He's an absolute love. REGAP was thrilled with the beds and after meeting all of her greyhounds, I can assure you they will be put to good use. I can't believe what a wonderful set up they have at REGAP
very clean, neat, the animals have plenty of room to run and lots of shade outside.
You've been such a good friend to SBCC (Southbury Congregational Church) and of course, to the
countless other people/groups you continuously make your beautiful dog
There will never be enough thank you's that I can send your
way but please know that they come from the heart.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
All the best,
A really awesome-wonderful-exciting day here. Suzanne (on the right) of Labs & More connected with Emily (on the left) of Vermillion Parish in Louisiana. Emily brought 10 dogs up this weekend. On her return trip, she stuffed her van with 40 beds and lots of other comfort items, which included towels, leashes, bowls and toys for all the doggies back home. Thanks Suzanne and Emily for helping the project to grow!
WHERE: 351 Main St. Terryville
TIME: 10AM - 2PM (Rain Date: The following Sunday)
PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT DOOR AT 353 MAIN ST. at Mack & Molly's Pet Parlor.
Everyone is invited to join in making a bed for a rescue dog. All materials provided. No special skills needed.
Tags will be provided to write a note to the doggie receiving the bed you make. We will be taking a lot of pictures for Facebook.
Anyone interested in helping out that day, please contact Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 860-940-7661.
We could use a second and third popup canopy for use that day for the event. Anyone willing to loan one, please contact Patty.
We welcome all volunteers. A calendar will be available for sign up. We can use help with a lot of different tasks: Cutting, Sewing straight stitch, Working on other comfort items and networking on the computer to reach the rescues.
We do not accept money donations. We gladly accept gifts of gas cards to help pay for the delivery of the beds.
Light refreshments will be offered to show our appreciation for your help.
Thank you to the nice person who left the fabric today!
When dropping off donations, please sign the guest book
which is located on a table in the driveway so that we can
properly thank you. Thanks again!!!
Thank you, Karen of West Hartford for the amazing donation that you left at the Shelter Dog Bed project! We appreciate you using the Guest Book. Thanks, again!
PATTY MADE THE NEWS!!!!!
Comfy dog beds that were picked up and delivered to two rescue organizations. Thank you, Chris for your help in delivering these beds! We could not do this without the support of our volunteers! Thanks again!!!
Recently, Patty was interviewed by Mr. Scot Haney of WFSB, channel 3 regarding her Shelter Dog Bed Project.
Be sure to watch the segment which will be aired this FRIDAY: JUNE 27 AT 3 PM!
You can also watch the segment on their website at: http://www.wfsb.com/category/211200/better-Connecticut
Also: Last week, Patty received a generous donation of materials in which to make a lot of dog beds. We would like to thank Mr. Scot Haney for the donation! Thank you so much, Mr. Haney. We'll be posting pictures of all the dog beds that will be made from your generous gift!!!!!
Patty has several boxes of warm fabric pieces and 2 huge boxes of couch cushion cover fabric, which is the perfect size for a mat for a kitty. She is very limited on space and would love to give this fabric to somebody willing to make the mats for the cats. You can do this independently or in conjunction with the project, or use the fabric for whatever you want. Patty just wants the fabric and remnant pieces to get used! Pickup if local, and arrangements for 1/2 way meet available.
Again: Thank you to all who have taken the time to donate to the project!
Whoever left this AMAZING donation of blankets, sheets and towels: "THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!" We will post pictures of the dog beds that Patty will make from this generous gift! Again: THANK YOU!
If it were not for people like YOU, who take the time to donate your used items, Patty could not do what she does. If you haven't already, click on the Patty's Story tab above and read more about how Patty got started with this dog lovin' project!
And again: Thank you to all the volunteers and to all who donate to the Shelter Dog Bed Project!
Received a big donation on Saturday. Someone left a huge comforter, some sheets, a mattress pad and a blanket under the canopy. Thank you, whoever you are! We very much appreciate your thoughtfulness!
Patty was interviewed today by Scot Haney!!! The segment will air in 1-2 weeks. Scot will call and let her know for sure when she'll be on TV!!! You will also be able to catch the interview on WFSB 3's website if you happen to miss it! Good going, Patty!!!
Listen up, Shelter Dog Bed Project fans: Last week, Scot Haney of WFSB, 3, out of Hartford, CT, contacted our very own, Patty Hichborn. He's going to be at her house on Tuesday, June 10th! YES! She's going to be interviewed by Mr. Haney regarding her amazing Shelter Dog Bed Project! More to follow!!! Stay tuned!
Thank you, John, who dropped off another big box of discarded Tyvek pieces. Patty was able to make 20 beds from this donation! Thanks again, John!!!
If you've got a donation to make, you can always drop your goods off at 351 S. Main in Terryville, CT. If Patty isn't home, just leave your donation at her front door. Leave a note, too, so we know who to thank!
Patty received 2 donations today. "A couple stopped by this morning with some towels and sheets then a girl who may volunteer to help sew, dropped off some pillows and blankets."
A BIG shout-out to the volunteers who donate to the project! THANK YOU!!!
Patty was contacted by a rescue group in Arizona regarding the dog beds that she makes. She just mailed 6 beds to Ruby Ranch pet rescue in Phoenix. Thanks for contacting the project, Ruby Ranch! Spread the word. Use the contact form in the "more" tab above. Patty would love to hear from you!
Three big bags of comfort items were put on transport with PETS on Saturday May 24th. The bag will be picked up by a volunteer from Ewenity Herding Dog Haven in Bradenton, Florida. This adds another state to our map of 14 giving us a total of 15 states we have delivered beds to! "Woof!"
As is our policy, Patty runs this entire project with no money exchanged. Everything is donated. Materials, time and gas. Our volunteers do a lot of driving, and put a lot of miles on their cars delivering beds to shelters all over the state of Connecticut. If you would like to donate a gas card, please send Patty an email (email@example.com) and she'll make arrangements to either pick it up, or you can mail it, or drop it off at 351 S. Main in Terryville, Ct. THANK YOU, again, to all of you that have helped make this project possible! :)
Patty and her volunteers do it again!
Julie of Pawfect Life Rescue in Uxbridge, Mass sent her husband Jim to pick up the carload of beds and comfort items meeting Patty in Sturbridge Mass on Sunday- Kathy from the SPCA in Alabama will bring the items back on her return trip and distribute the items where needed.
Thank you, Julie, Jim and Kathy!!!
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Patty was up at 6AM. She delivered beds to Alpha Dog Transport, which will be heading to Maryland. She then drove an hour to Danbury to meet PETS to deliver beds which will be going to Alabama! RIGHT-ON Patty and THANK YOU to all who donated materials so that Patty could make these amazing dog beds!
On Sunday, May 4, Kathy from the Marion County SPCA in Alabama is bringing 6 dogs to Julie of Pawfect Life Rescue in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. On Sunday, Patty is driving to Sturbridge Mass. where she will meet up with Julie to deliver a carload of beds and other comfort items. The items will be sent back with Kathy on her trip back to Alabama. Pictures to come upon delivery!
Remember: Patty is always looking for donations. She's helping a lot of shelter dogs stay off a hard, cold floor. Thanks for all of you that give to the project.
It is easy to contact the Project through the Contact Us form. Click on the "more" tab above.
Drop off site: 351 S. Main in beautiful Terryville, CT.
Disregard the date on the photo. This is a recent photo, but do we know how to change the date on the camera? Nope. We'll figure it out though. :)
Look what Patty is working on today!
She took the wires out of an electric blanket and made a tied blanket. That's a lot of wires! More blankets to come!
Nothing goes to waste. The wires from the electric blankets are saved and used to tie the bundles of beds together. (Patty Is very creative and resourceful).
This is what donations do for the dogs!
Always in need for more blankets and pillows. Drop off at 351 S. Main Street in Terryville, CT.
Thank you everyone!
Patty transferred 10 beds and 20 comfort items, all going to Best Chance Rescue in Tennessee via Alpha Dog Transport! Way to go, Patty!!! Donations made this happen! Thank you!
Patty received a donation of 4 couch cushions. That's enough batting to fill at least 40 beds from these 4 cushions! Ya. Forty Dog Beds!!! Woof.
On the left: The donation of Tyvek before I cut and sewed it. The Tyvek came in a 9ft wide roll, so I had to cut the roll into strips first, then into pieces 25x25 then sew each piece on 3 sides.
On the right: The beds made with couch cushion foam- I had to cut the foam into pieces 10x20 then cut the foam so it was thinner. I will sew the beds closed today and put the pillowcases (already made) on and they are ready to be distributed.
We are still in need of filling for the beds. Anyone local wishing to donate pillows, we can pick up in Bristol and surrounding towns. Just waiting for warmer weather to open the workshop again. Thank you!
Please use the CONTACT FORM page if you would like to contact us. We encourage rescues to use it. We are very pleased that Best Chance Rescue in Tennessee did use it. They will be getting beds via transport in the next few weeks! We'll keep you updated.
Patty delivered 25 beds and 20 mats and pockets which were put on a transport with PETS. Beds went to Animal Care & Adoption in Texarkana, Arkansas. Teresa, a volunteer, will meet PETS on Wednesday morning at 5:30 am to pick up the beds in New Boston, Texas- about 30 minutes away from Texarkana!
Our facility is bursting at the seams!
The Shelter Dog Bed Project has recently experienced a growth spurt. We donated 100 beds to a shelter in New York, which was the biggest donation we've ever made! (Most rescues request 10 or 20 beds).
We are blessed with a steady supply of donations to make the beds and other comfort items.We really need a local, rent-free space to operate the project more efficiently. We are reaching out to those interested in becoming a sponsor for the project.Our goal is to donate 1000 beds a year for the next 5 years! We are proud of the fact that the project has always operated 100% without money. We don't have the funds to support a bigger space. A sponsor could support a new space for a year or 5 years. We would be forever grateful for any help. Anyone with the means to make this wish come true, please contact Patty: firstname.lastname@example.org. OR: Shelter Dog Bed Project on Facebook.
Using the recent donation of rolls of fabric- we can get 600 pillowcase backs from 1 roll of sheeting.
We can get 88 pillowcase tops from 1 roll of fleece.
Our goal is to donate 1000 beds a year for 5 years!
Patty needs a bigger place!
Beds on the right: Made of Tyvek. Great waterproof dog beds!
February 26: Chris (on the left), just picked up 30 beds from the Shelter Dog Bed Project. She'll be taking them to the Southbury animal shelter, which is about 30 miles southwest of Terryville, CT. Thirty dogs were recently rescued and placed with the Southbury shelter.Thank you so much, Chris! You've just made a lot of dogs very happy!
On January 15, Patty received an email from a volunteer at the Hempstead Animal Shelter in New York. Soon after, Chrissy Roselli DeAngelo, a volunteer at the shelter, drove all the way to Terryville to pick up a donation of 100 beds from the Shelter Dog Bed Project! Chrissy found the Shelter Dog Bed Project on Facebook.The project, located in Terryville, Connecticut, normally donates 10 or 20 beds at a time.
“We were thrilled to make this donation happen,” says Patty Hichborn, the project’s founder. “We hope word of the Shelter Dog Bed Project reaches more rescues and shelters.”
Patty welcomes any dog rescue to get in touch with her regarding dog beds.