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Volunteer From Home: DIY Catnip Toys for Rescue Cats, Students Earn Service Hours

Would you like to make a difference and volunteer from the comfort of your own home?  And bring joy to cats in need who are waiting for their forever families by volunteering to make them a toy?  Then this is the project for you!  This DIY project is as easy as can be and volunteers of all ages can participate.

Our shelters and rescues are filled with cats and kittens sitting in cages as they wait to be adopted.  These pets would love something to keep them amused.  This  DIY catnip toy is one that cats love and will help keep them entertained until they can go home with that perfect family.  And each toy only takes 5 minutes to make. Win-win! 




  • Infant socks (only use infant-sized socks)
  • Stuffing: cotton balls or  fiberfill
  • Dry catnip  



Step 1:  Take an infant sock and fill it from the toe to the heel with stuffing. The stuffed portion of the sock should not be longer than 2 inches.

Step 2:  Add a pinch or two of dry catnip into the filling.

Add two pinches of catnip to the sock

Step 3:   Tie the top of the sock in a knot right above the filling.  Please never use string or ribbon to keep the sock closed, because these items pose a choking hazard for the cats.

Knot the sock to close it. Image credit: Pasadena Humane Society

Step 4:  Voila!  It’s just that easy, and your catnip toy is ready to make a rescue cat happy.  



Donate your finished cat toys to a local rescue or shelter.  If you don’t have an opportunity to donate them locally, we know several organizations who would love to have them. Please feel free to mail your catnip toys to:

  • Pasadena Humane Society, 361 South Raymond, Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Happy Strays Rescue, PO Box 12, La Canada, CA 91012
  • Small Acts Big Change, PO Box 1374, La Canada, CA 91012



Would you like to earn volunteer credit hours for school or another organization?  Every 6 catnip toys earns one volunteer service hour from Small Acts Big Change.  Please send toys to the above address with a request for volunteer credit certificate.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected].



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THANK YOU:   Thank you for helping make the world a better place by helping shelter cats.  We hope you had a great time participating in our DIY CATNIP TOYS FOR RESCUE CATS & KITTENS.


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Small Acts Big Change presents Make a Difference From Home. This blog is filled with fun DIY do-good projects to help people of all ages volunteer from the comfort of their own homes. Students can earn service hours on many of our projects. Thanks for making a difference!

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