A Stitch In Time Saves Lives



A stitch in time saves lives
11th October 2017

By Karen Pickwick

The RSPCA is calling on knitters to put their skills to use this Wool Week by whipping up leg warmers for sick kittens, snuggly nests for baby hedgehogs and jumpers for chilly dogs.

John Wilkins, head of volunteering at the RSPCA, said: “The RSPCA uses lots of different practices and techniques to help animals recover from injuries and illness. Some are based on science and veterinary practices but sometimes they just need a bit of love, comfort and warmth. And that’s where we’re hoping you might come in!

“Many of our centres and clinics use special knitted creations to help orphaned wildlife or poorly pets, and we could always use more! So, if you fancy helping out this winter perhaps you could break out the knitting needles and make some of our furry and feathered friends something special?”


Every year, the RSPCA is inundated with nestlings and fledglings, from robins to blackbirds to owlets. The charity’s four wildlife centres (East Winch in Norfolk, Mallydams in East Sussex, West Hatch in Somerset, and Stapeley Grange in Shropshire) and some of the other centres and branches do their best to nurse as many as possible back to health so they can be released back into the wild.

Groups of knitters play an integral part in creating lots of little knitted nests for the baby birds to stay warm and cosy while they grow in size and strength. But it’s not just baby birds who benefit from these cosy little beds, they can also be used for other orphans including hoglets.

And when extremely emaciated animals – particularly dogs – come into the charity’s care, staff and volunteers not only need to feed them up but also keep them warm. So they use specially created jumpers to help the dogs maintain their body heat while still being able to move freely around.