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Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • Do you have a pet and what makes them special to you?

  • What is your favorite animal that you are grateful for and why?

The Recipient

Approximately 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. These shelters are often overwhelmed and underfunded, reporting higher-than-ever rates of incoming lost or abandoned animals.

The Reason

Animal shelters across the country operate under extremely tight budgets. This means that most of the donations they receive go towards food and other essentials, not toys or dog beds. By completing this KyndKit, you’re providing shelter dogs with opportunities for fun that they might not otherwise receive. And who knows — the toys and personalized items might just allow these animals to show off their fun sides to a future adopter.

Unpack the Box

  • Take everything out of the box.
  • Lay everything out so you can find what you need to build the kit.

Create Your Kynd Code

Please follow the instructions on this card to create your own Kynd Code. This Kynd Code will be included in the final kit.

*Make note of your Kynd Code. You will use this code at the end of the project. 

Find the Kynd Card

This is for you to spread extra kyndness to someone in your own life.  Consider writing a note to a friend, loved one, or colleague that you are grateful for.  Address the note and send it in the mail or give it to someone in person.

DO NOT include this in the finished kit.

Decorate the Tote Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Tote bag
  • Sharpies
  • 2. Decorate the canvas bag
    • Use the permanent markers to decorate the tote bag.
    • Make this fun and colorful for the dog to take their new personalized items home in when they get adopted.
      • Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!

DIY Dog Bowl

Find the following items:
  • Ceramic Bowl
  • Paint pens
Decorate the bowl
– Using paint pens, decorate the bowl. Write a message or draw something. Get creative!
-After you’re done decorating, place the bowl in the oven before preheating. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once preheated, set timer for 30 min. Once the time is over, turn off your oven and let the bowl cool off inside for an additional 30 min before taking it out.
WARNING: Bowl may be hot. Use caution when removing!

Create a "Braided Tug Toy" for a Shelter Dog

1. Find the following items:
  • Fleece Fabric Strips (2 bundles of 4 strips)
  • Scissors (not included in kit)

**These strips are packed in stacks of four and held together with a rubber band. There are two bundles of fleece included. Find both bundles and remove the rubber bands.

*Keep the stacks of four separate. Each stack of four makes one complete toy.
2. Watch the following video for instructions:
  • Helpful Tips:
    • The tighter you pull your braid and knots, the longer the toy will last!
    • Don’t forget, you have enough material to make TWO toys.

Create a Dog Bed

1. Find the following items:
  • Blanket
  • Scissors (Not included in kit)
2. Fold the blanket in half
  • If you would like to make a bed for a smaller dog, fold the blanket in half and then in half again.
3. Cut the blanket along the folded edge.

(If you folded the blanket twice to make a bed for a smaller dog, be sure to cut along both folded lines).

4. Cut out the corners
  • Cut out a 4×4 inch square out of each corner of the blanket
5. Cut strips of fabric
  • Starting at a corner, cut strips of fabric, 1 inch wide and 4 inches deep.
  • Keep cutting along one entire edge
6. Tie double knots
  • Take the each piece that you cut and tie each one in a double knot.
  • Continue this process along the entire side of the blanket.
7. Continue the previous steps to finish
  • Continue the above steps on each side of the blanket, until you have finished all four sides.
  • You now have a dog tie blanket bed!

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the decorated tote bag and put it back into the original box.
  • Make sure the Kynd Code is included.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • Newspapers
  • Washcloths
  • Towels and blankets
  • Animal care supplies (leashes, bowls, etc.)
  • OR – give your local shelter a call or take a look at their website to see what kinds of items they accept.

Delivery Options

  • Deliver the kit to a local animal shelter.
  • Return your completed kit to be distributed to dogs at Dumb Friends League.
To get a return label, click HERE.

Share Your Impact

Post your experience on KyndHub.

KyndHub is an online community that gamifies volunteering, acts of kindness, and gratitude.

  1. Go to or download the free app.
  2. Create a free account or log in.
  3. Select “I Built a Kynd Kit” from the post menu.
  4. Post about your kit.


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