News dog in a knit sweater

Published on September 27th, 2016 | by Eric


Inmates knit dog sweaters to help them find homes

Inmates at a prison in New Zealand find time to help some four-legged furry friends…

dog sweater pom knit

Knitting for animals is nothing new. However, the knitters we heard about this week aren’t like the great-granny and grandpa that we reported on before. These knitters are inmates at the Arohata Prison in Tawa, New Zealand, who came up with a great idea to help stray dogs to find a better life. Dog sweaters.

While the sweaters do keep the dogs warm, their main purpose is to make them look cuter and more appealing to potential adopters. They help the dogs stand out and hopefully find a friendly home. The project benefits the inmates as well because, as we all know, knitting can be a wonderfully therapeutic activity.

pugs in sweaters

According to the prison, the women are very committed to making high-quality sweaters, and take great pride in their work. Hopefully learning to knit will be a life-long skill that they will take with them after they’re released.


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is a photographer, copywriter, rock climber, skier, traveler, and aspiring knitter. His work has been been published in many international newspapers, magazines, websites, books and even a billboard in Brooklyn. Crochet is the best.

Last updated: September 26th, 2016.

2 Responses to Inmates knit dog sweaters to help them find homes

  1. Arvind Kumar says:

    This is really cool, do you supply in India as well.

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