Knit for pets program celebrates 6 years and 5,343 blankets

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Lillian Campbell (left) and Kimberly Laska (right) pose together to celebrate the success of Precious Pieces. (Courtesy Heritage Humane)
Lillian Campbell (left) and Kimberly Laska (right) pose together to celebrate the success of Precious Pieces. (Courtesy Heritage Humane)

When it comes to caring for pets, there is one particular group in Williamsburg that is especially tight-knit.

Volunteers at Heritage Humane Society’s Precious Pieces program have been knitting blankets for recently adopted pets for the better part of the past decade.

According to a news release from Heritage Humane, the program was started in 2010 after volunteer Lillian Campbell turned a personal project of knitting hats for soldiers into a public project of knitting blankets for adopted pets. What started as a one-woman endeavor has evolved into a group of more than 20 dedicated volunteers.

“The blankets give the adopters something to remind them of how much the volunteers and staff care about each animal,” said Kimbery Laska, executive director at Heritage Humane. “Precious Pieces takes a very personal approach to every animal that comes and goes through our shelter doors. The blankets are a special touch that nobody anticipates, and it’s something that sets us apart from other programs.”

Since the program’s founding on July 27, 2010, Precious Pieces volunteers have produced approximately 5,343 handmade blankets for Heritage Humane as of July 27, 2016, the release stated. Last fiscal year alone, Precious Pieces volunteers gave 5,176 hours of their time to create the blankets.

Learn more about Heritage Humane and the Precious Pieces program at heritagehumanesociety.org.