Cedar Park woman donates 100 blankets to Leander animal shelter


For two years, Cedar Park resident Marita Rush spent her free time making intricately colorful crochet blankets, eventually making more than 100. On Dec. 21, she rolled in to a Leander animal shelter with a trunkful and donated the whole lot.

An overjoyed staff greeted Rush as she brought armfuls of the blankets in to the Texas Humane Heroes Animal Shelter with the intent to give every animal a blanket to keep and take home with them when adopted.

“This is, first off, very overwhelming and surprising,” assistant director Christine Rankin said. “This time of year you really see the outpouring of love from the community and it’s really touching. Especially when it’s handmade. This is literally handmade with love knitted in every blanket.”

The blankets range in size and a kaleidoscope of colors, sure to draw attention to the animals in their kennels. Rankin said the blankets will provide comfort and warmth for the animals, especially for the colder months ahead.

Rush said she hoped the blankets made for a nice Christmas gift.

“There would be a lot of times where I wouldn’t have anything to do, so instead of being lazy I would make these blankets,” Rush said. “I would get sad thinking about the doggies and I decided I would help, and hopefully inspire others to help.”

The blankets will comfort the animals while they’re at the shelter, and once they’re adopted to a new home, taking their blankets with them will help with the transition, Rankin said.

Texas Humane Heroes holds about 200 dogs and cats between their 10930 E Crystal Falls Pkwy and Killeen locations. The shelters aim to provide relief to regional animal shelters and help them maintain no-kill status. Leander’s shelter usually sees a 21-day turnover for pet adoptions on average, Rankin said.

For more information, visit humaneheroes.org.