Girl Scout Cadettes Jordan, Tanvi, and Ananya of Troop 60846 in Aurora delivered 20 “snuffle mats,” which they made, to the Aurora Animal Shelter on Saturday, March 7, 2020. “Snuffle Mats,” fun, engaging, stress-reduction tools for dogs and other animals, are made by tying fleece strips to industrial mats. Food is sprinkled over the mat and the animals search through the fleece strips to find it.
The Girl Scouts created the “snuffle mats” as part of their project to earn the Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Also, as part of their project, the girls are encouraging people across the country to make “snuffle mats” for local animal shelters. They even created a “how to” video and posted it on YouTube. Fellow Girl Scouts who make a “snuffle mat” for their local animal shelter can earn a patch, which will be sent by Troop 60846. Learn more here.
Jordan, Tanvi, and Ananya from Troop 60846 are making snuffle mats for Aurora Animal Shelter, and they need your help. If anyone makes a snuffle mat for an animal shelter and emails us a picture, then we’ll send you a FREE FUN PATCH! And, you’ll know that you’ve helped a dog in need.
Snuffle mats are enrichment tools for dogs, and other animals, too! They’re made by tying fleece strips to industrial mats, so they’re sturdy and machine washable. Sprinkle food or treats over the mat, and the dogs enjoy searching through the fleece strips for their treats. This is a fun, engaging, stress-reduction tool for the dogs. They love it!
12″x 12″ industrial rubber mat
112 fleece strips cut 1.5″x 12″ each
We bought the TrafficMASTER 36″x36″ commercial floor mat from Home Depot (cut into 9 pieces). Cost is $26, but that makes 9 snuffle mats.
We got fleece donations such as pajamas, blankets, and material from our neighborhood, so the fleece was free.
How to assemble:
Copy and paste this link into your browser to watch our video for instructions: youtu.be/UWr4612mqcY
Double knot each strip of fleece between each pair of adjoining holes in a grid pattern (both vertically and horizontally).
Send us a picture of you or your troop donating your snuffle mats to a local animal shelter, then we’ll send each of you a FREE FUN PATCH! Send pics, number of patches needed, and your address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for helping dogs in need! Have fun making snuffle mats!
The girls of Troop 4257 of Aurora decided to help Aurora Animal Shelter to earn their Bronze Award. The girls made cat toys and dog toys for the animals at the shelter. They also had a donation drive for the items needed by the shelter. The girls dropped off all of their collected items and toys and went on a tour of the shelter. The highlight of the tour were the kittens and puppies that were at the shelter. Good job girls!