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About Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL)  
Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL)   Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL)   Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL)
OBOL brings 100s of blankets and towels to a shelter.
 
Eileen and Brad with volunteers delivering several hundred towels donated by Glen Ivy Spa.
 
Ginger helping us deliver emergency pet items to a shelter.

Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) is a grassroots, community-driven nonprofit animal welfare and emergency relief organization founded in 2008.  Our unique purpose is to improve the well-being and survival of homeless animals and increase chances for survival and adoption -- with the ultimate aim of eliminating animal homelessness.  Most importantly, by improving homeless animals' quality of life, our services help them become more outgoing and affectionate, leading to increased adoptability and reduced euthanasia.

OBOL provides comfort and care items to shelters, rescues, pets of the homeless, sanctuaries, and fosters to improve the well-being of stray, sick, abused, and neglected homeless animals, increasing their chances for adoption which saves lives.

OPERATION BLANKETS OF LOVE - Eileen Smulson, Founder and Executive Director

A Short History
Operation Blankets of Love was created in January 2008. I was a former school teacher and a founder of a singing telegram balloon delivery business at 25 in New Jersey and a fundraiser in the non-profit world for twenty years in Los Angeles. Some of the charities I worked as an executive were the American Cancer Society, Anti-Defamation League, the largest human rights agency in the country and Magen David Adom, Israel's emergency and disaster relief/rescue services. During my years of non-profit work, I raised millions of dollars for many non-profits causes helping people and won national awards.

I like to think outside of the box and use my entrepreneurial attitude and passion for animal welfare issues to now help the animals that have no voice.
It all started on a cold rainy day in January 2008 when I saw puppies shivering at an animal shelter near my home. Disturbed to think of my first pet, Ginger, a four month terrier mix that I adopted in 2003 lying on a cold,  hard cement floor I  expressed my concern to the head of the shelters. The following day I met the shelter manager.  She explained that there is no budget to purchase much-needed blankets and towels. I offered to help and in just a few weeks I collected over 800 blankets and towels. When I learned about the animal rescue groups that needed not only blankets and towels but for other comfort/care items (e.g., leashes/collars, carriers, crates), I established 20 drop-off locations and collected over 3,000 more items in several months. Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) was born.

Buoyed by the success, I dedicated myself full time to the cause. This passion and compassion motivated me to later form Operation Blankets of Love as a nonprofit in March 2009.  Since that time, with the help and dedication of my husband Brad and volunteers, OBOL has gained incredible momentum, meeting the comfort/care needs of tens of thousands of homeless animals in Greater Los Angeles, 9 California counties, as well as out-of-state and internationally. By establishing 70+ community accessible drop-off sites and organizing community volunteers, OBOL has collected over 2 million animal comfort and care products to date, valued at over $3.5 million.

We have grown leaps and bounds and have an extensive Humane Education Learning Program (HELP) and an anti-cruelty campaign “We Dream of Justice, Too” and put on pet adoption events.

I have been featured in local and national television and cable shows, radio shows, magazines and newspapers Media Link and received many awards of recognition Awards Link.
 
   
"I would like to thank you for the wonderful dog pillows, beds and blankets that you gave to me over the weekend.  I am very grateful for this donation that was much needed. The temperatures are dropping into the thirties up here in the high desert regions, so they couldn't have come at a better time. Also thank you for the food as well. So for all you do to help those that are desperately trying to rescue and help animals I thank you for the work you do."
-- Lisa Napier, High Desert Angels For Animals
 
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