British woman quits job to knit outfits for cold shelter greyhounds

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Since Greyhounds are so notoriously lean, they don't carry around much body fat. Thus, they tend to be super sensitive to the cold.

Jan Brown, a 52-year-old mom in Seaburn, UK, was moved by the plight of these super frail pups-- so much so that she quit her job in 2012 to dedicate her time to knitting sweaters and keeping them warm.

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According to her website, Brown "started off hand knitting dog coats to raise money and awareness for the Greyhound Rescue Northeast." However, after becoming "inundated with orders for coats, hats, neck warmers for all shape and size of dog," Brown decided at the beginning of 2012 Jan decided to "finish work and knit full time."

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Tully at play in a South Boston dog park runs to keep warm wearing his red sweater. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Dewy the umbrella cockatoo wears a blue jumper at the Island Parrot Sanctuary on December 14, 2010 in Kerrera Island, Scotland. Heavy snow is set to bombard Scotland yet again this week, but these two comfy looking parrots are fully braced for the big chill, in their nice warm winter jumpers. Dewy the umbrella cockatoo sports a trendy blue jumper while Ozzy the greater sulphur crested cockatoo looks dapper in yellow. Yvonne McMIllan, 50, runs the Island Parrot Sanctuary on the small west Scotland Island of Kerrera. Dewy and Ozzy suffered trauma before their rescue and like many parrots plucked their warming feathers from their bodies. Yvonne carefully knitted the fetching jumpers to prevent her birds from catching a chill in the wintery Scottish winter. Donations to the Island Parrot Sanctuary can be made at www.parrotbehaviourconsultant.com (Photo by John Linton / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
Ozzy the greater sulphur crested cockatoo in a yellow jumper at the Island Parrot Sanctuary on December 14, 2010 in Kerrera Island, Scotland. Heavy snow is set to bombard Scotland yet again this week, but these two comfy looking parrots are fully braced for the big chill, in their nice warm winter jumpers. Dewy the umbrella cockatoo sports a trendy blue jumper while Ozzy the greater sulphur crested cockatoo looks dapper in yellow. Yvonne McMIllan, 50, runs the Island Parrot Sanctuary on the small west Scotland Island of Kerrera. Dewy and Ozzy suffered trauma before their rescue and like many parrots plucked their warming feathers from their bodies. Yvonne carefully knitted the fetching jumpers to prevent her birds from catching a chill in the wintery Scottish winter. Donations to the Island Parrot Sanctuary can be made at www.parrotbehaviourconsultant.com (Photo by John Linton / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
A small dog wearing a knitted pullover walks between dykes of snow on the sidewalk in central Berlin on December 2, 2010 after heavy snowfall. The first snowfall in the German capital overnight followed a week with sub zero temperatures down to minus 12 degrees celsius.(Photo credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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This Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 photo shows Toby, a 4-month-old standard poodle, who wears his knitted sweater when he accompanies his owner, Ruthie Kolb, to the Knit Knack shop in Arvada, Colo. When the weather is bitter cold, some of our pets -- especially small dogs with short hair, such as Chihuahuas, pugs and several breeds of terrier -- need to wear a sweater or coat. Find patterns at fabric stores or search online, such as at Pinterest, for do-it-yourself instructions that repurpose sweaters, turtlenecks and T-shirts into warm doggy wear. (AP Photo/Jennifer Forker)
Bruno, a dog from the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, N.Y., models fashion designer Lisa Barnes' turtlebacks organic wool knit sweater during the "Last Bark for Bryant Park," the Fashion Institute of Technology's second annual pet apparel fashion show, in New York, Monday, April 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Afton Almaraz)
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Since then, she says she has knitted for over 4,000 hours.
So far, Brown has knitted over 300 sweaters for greyhounds, each taking up to 20 hours to complete. Some even include festive holiday designs.

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As all the profits from her business, aptly named "Knitted With Love," go towards supporting shelters across the UK, Brown truly is motivated by her intense passion for helping animals. "It's really sweet seeing them in their festive Christmas jumpers and it's giving much needed help to the rescue centers," she said in an interview.
What a heart (and Greyhound) warming thing to do.

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