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Detroit Lakes woman creates heartfelt gifts for area animals up for adoption

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FARGO – While many people watched a new TV show or two or ten during this pandemic, a woman from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota used her time and talent to make homemade gifts and donate to local animal shelters.

In January 2020, Colleen Schmit began sewing quilts together using extra scraps of fabric she had around the house. These creations became a passion project for newly adopted furry friends to bring home to their families forever.

“The cats seem to love them. Animals aren’t judgmental like that, ”laughed Schmit.

She has sewn about 70 Second Chance Quilts and cat toys and delivered them to the Marshmallow Foundation in Detroit Lakes and the Cats Cradle and Homeward Shelters in Fargo.

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“I really appreciate what these humane societies are doing and what families they are adopting,” said Schmit. “What a wonderful thing that you are going to a shelter and taking in these animals.”

Tasha Haug, executive director of Homeward Animal Shelter, said the warm gifts mean a lot to pets and their new families.

“These gifts are a wonderful way to give and share and just give the animals something special so that they can go into their new families,” said Haug. “It is a wonderful gift to the new families to say ‘thank you for the adoption’ because that is what this is all about.”

Schmit says this is the perfect retirement project after working for the Detroit Lakes Public School District for 42 years.

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