This article was featured in WYDaily on 9/23/22.
When human companions find their perfect furry friend at the Heritage Humane Society, the joy is wrapped with the gift of a handmade blanket from Precious Pieces, a volunteer group within the Shelter’s family of supporters. This year marks the 15th anniversary of this keepsake initiative that has resulted in 15,086 blankets given to newly adopted pets as they begin their next chapters.
A forever hug
The fear and anxiety that comes with being abused, lost, and abandoned can be overwhelming for homeless pets. Although they are treated with great care by the Heritage Humane Society staff and dedicated volunteers, adjusting to new surroundings takes time. When they are adopted, it means another change. That’s where the Precious Pieces program’s handcrafted blankets serve as a warm, forever hug from the shelter as they transition to their new home.
Founded in 2007 by Lillian Campbell, the one-person initiative quickly grew. Over the years, dozens of volunteers have donated their materials, time, and skills to ensure every adopted dog and cat leaves for their new home with their celebratory gift, which is often treasured the same as a child’s lovie by the pets.