Your Ugly Old Sweaters Could Mean The World To A Shelter Pet


We all have them. Stacks of sweaters in our closet that we can’t quite justify letting go of. We have sweaters from our younger days that show how questionable fashion was! We have sweaters that our mothers found on sale with huge poinsettias on the front or pictures of a two foot tall Tweety Bird. There are sweaters our aunts knitted that have sleeves that are just a bit uneven and a head opening large enough to slide through a 22 pound turkey. But what can you do with them?

Here is a solution that can make you feel good about discarding those ugly sweaters. Donate them to your local animal shelter. Washington Animal Shelter in Tennessee collects every old and ugly sweater they can find. It is pretty simple to turn a sweater made for a human into a sweater made for a dog. In some cases the cut away arms can be used as sweaters as well.

Lucy (our name) is a stray, spayed poodle. Due her multiple health issues, she has been pulled by the WCHS. Please contact for adoption options.

Posted by Washington County, TN Animal Shelter on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Though animal shelters try to keep their dogs warm; it can be a challenge. There can be over 100 dogs in a shelter at any given time. Different types of dogs have different types of fur and it is hard to keep the thinly furred dogs warm without making the heavily furred dogs hot.

Sweaters can be used in any size. From small children sizes to over-sized adult sweaters, they have a dog that will benefit from it. As a matter of fact, it is the larger dogs that they have the biggest chore finding sweaters for.

Hello, I’m Karma and I’m a female retriever mix. I came in as a stray, so only I know my story. I have been at the…

Posted by Washington County, TN Animal Shelter on Friday, January 9, 2015

As you see and hear the stories of these beautiful and homeless dogs, your heart will be touched. As these animals are waiting for someone to rescue them and take them home, your donated sweaters can make them warm and comfortable. There is no better way to recycle your ugly sweaters!

Hello, I’m Ranger and I’m a male lab/dane mix. I really don’t like being in this place and I bark at people when they…

Posted by Washington County, TN Animal Shelter on Saturday, December 13, 2014

Do a community sweaters drive to allow your neighbors to assist the animals while clearing closet shelves. Let the children help by collecting sweaters at school in a “help the dogs” drop box. Use your imagination and let your sweater make you a hero.

Hello, it’s me Patches again. I’m still here waiting on a home of my own. Maybe Santa will bring me one for Christmas….

Posted by Washington County, TN Animal Shelter on Monday, December 8, 2014

So the next time you open the box and pull out the sweater with the reindeer that has a light up nose; smile and say “Thanks” and mean it. Just be careful at your next holiday gift exchange not to tell Aunt Martha, her sweater will look great on a Saint Bernard!

Contact your local animal shelter to find out more ways to help.

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