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Operation Happy Sock

Wednesday, September 04, 2013  
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Operation Happy Sock creates and delivers catnip toys to homeless cats in animal shelters and foster homes.  Volunteers of all ages make simple toys, called "Happy Socks," by stuffing catnip and polyester fiberfill in the toe of a sock and tying a knot at the ankle.  Simple, but a GREAT catnip toy!

Happy Sock catnip toys are more than mere playthings, however.  For stressed-out cats stuck in strange surroundings, a whiff of catnip can be very therapeutic, and a big, fluffy Happy Sock is the feline equivalent of a cuddly teddy bear.

Ready to start Operation Happy Sock with your Girl Scout Troop?  Then please contact Martha Powers at and ask for your FREE "Operation Happy Sock Info Kit” by email. You’ll receive a Word document that includes ready-to-use signs for collecting sock donations (featuring "Hugger” the Happy Sock mascot), suggestions for finding affordable supplies locally, and step-by-step instructions for each phase of the project. You can also read all the Info Kit at our blog:


Operation Happy Sock™ is a nonprofit project with no official affiliation to any other animal charity or organization. We always welcome sock donations and volunteer help. No one affiliated with Operation Happy Sock is paid for their work, and materials (catnip and polyfill) are paid for by individual project leaders.Catnip and polyfill for producing 100 or more Happy Socks cost about $25.

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