Cat Craft Fever

Sponsored by:

Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley

Project Champion:

Jenny Gardenswartz

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K through 7

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

1 class

Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes – Students will earn approximately 5 community service hours


This project is designed to help enrich the lives of cats and kittens during their stay at the shelter. Each year, the Shelter cares for about 150 cats who are brought to us as strays, surrendered to the Shelter, or transferred to us from other facilities. On average, each cat stays for about two months. While they are here we like to create an environment as homelike as possible!


By participating in this project, your class will make a remarkable difference in the lives of shelter cats. They will learn about cat behavior, body language, and how to properly care for cats!

Students will collect items to make toys (in class) for cats such as boxes, paper towel rolls, plastic containers, yarn, and pipe cleaners.

Students will decorate the cat rooms and create enrichment toys and plant catnip in the spring.

Class Visits & Field Trips

  • 1 class visit to discuss types of cat enrichemnt
  • 1 class visit to create toys for cats and kittens.
  • 1 field trip at the culmination of the project to plant catnip and deliver the toys

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