Charla Mankey and her seven year-old rescued Bichon Frise, Fiona, work on knitting blankets for the Snuggles Project in their home in Ada. The Snuggles Project provides blankets for cats and dogs in animal shelters around the country.
Charla Mankey and her seven year-old rescued Bichon Frise, Fiona, work on knitting blankets for the Snuggles Project in their home in Ada. The Snuggles Project provides blankets for cats and dogs in animal shelters around the country.

ADA - When Charla Mankey and her husband, Steve, lost a precious canine family member three years ago, they vowed against ever owning another dog. Little did they know that a pint-sized ball of fur would find her way into their home and lead Charla to an opportunity to give back.

Approximately a year after losing their pet, Charla was once again pining for a furry companion and began a search for a Bichon Frise. Her search led her to a dog rescue in Dayton called Luv4K9's. Luv4K9's rescues dogs and puppies from puppy mills and dog auctions around the area. Following an extensive application process, the Mankeys were approved for adoption and they found a seven year-old Bichon named Fiona. Fiona spent the first six years of her life in a cage in a puppy mill. She is still jumpy around loud noises but she has definitely made the Mankeys' house her home.

Inspired by a book about knitting and crocheting for charity, Mankey and her friends began to knit blankets for homeless shelters. They then stumbled upon the Snuggles Project, an organization that provides blankets for cats and dogs in animal shelters.

Mankey currently has 21 knit blankets in various sizes ready to donate to local shelters. She has been in contact with one in Hancock and Auglaize counties, and is planning on contacting shelters in Hardin and Allen counties.

If you or someone you know is interested in donating blankets or materials to the project, you can email Mankey at cmank@embarqmail.com.