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Operation Happy Sock | February 7, 2008

Thanks to a post on lifehacker.com, the “orphaned” socks at the bottom of my dresser drawer may finally have a new home.  The post mentioned Operation Happy Sock, a project founded a few years ago by Martha Powers.  Using goodsearch.com, I did some research and learned all about this wonderful undertaking.  Powers had the great idea to make toys for shelter cats using only donated socks, a little polyester fiberfill, and some catnip.  How simple/brilliant is that?  The idea caught on and girl scout troops across the country began doing this for merit badges.  Some Happy Socks even found their way to a shelter in Kuwait

Seriously folks, what are you waiting for?  It doesn’t get much easier than this.  Dig out your old, unmatched socks, buy a couple bags of fiberfill and catnip, and start stuffing!  You can find more detailed (yet very simple) instructions here.  You could also host a toy-making party.  Invite a few friends over for some vegan snacks and drinks, pop in a movie, and stuff away!  Then just drop off the toys at a local shelter and let the catnip work its magic.       



  1. Ooooh, this is a fabulous idea. Thanks for posting! There’s also cage comforters — which I have been meaning to make for months. I have a comforter that we’re probably going to have to get rid of soon, & I figure I’ll take the un-worn-out bits & make cage comforters out of those. I also have a sad amount of fabric lying around, so I could just sew cage comforters the regular way too.

    Comment by johanna — February 8, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

  2. I’ve never even thought of that. And just 2 weeks ago I threw out about 7 or so unmatched socks. I’m sure my 2 cats and my roommate’s kitten will love this!

    (Hi Jen! lol)

    Comment by Charysse — February 8, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).







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