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Friday, June 1, 2018

Best Items to Donate to an Animal Shelter

The special someone in your life may just be your pet, whether it be your dog, your cat, your chicken, your horse, your pig, or your hamster! Here at Charity Navigator, you can bet that we love animals of all shapes and sizes, and many of us have adopted animals before (our Marketing Manager, Sara, grew up with a total of 7 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, 1 hamster, 30 fish, and 11 horses).

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But in your quest to hug almost every dog on the street, you often stop and wonder how you can help all of the animals out there without adopting every single one. Even one dog can be enough for some people once you realize its full size.

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So before heading to the animal shelter for the third time this week to stare at the puppy you reeeaalllyy want to get but can’t figure out how to squeeze into your already-full house, consider donating some of these items to the shelter instead! Donating items can help animal shelters provide for even more animals and spread the love around. 

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Here are items that most animal shelters take -- be sure to check with your local shelter before donating these items to make sure they are able to receive these donations: 

  • Pet food or litter
  • Newspapers, which they can shred into bedding for the animals
  • Towels and blankets for any and all dog grooming needs
  • Scraps of fabric like t-shirts or even from leftover crafts. These can turn into soft beds for cats or dog toys!
  • Plastic bags to pick up dogs waste (not all shelters accept them, and they mustn’t have any holes)
  • Heating pads for sick/injured animals 
  • Gently used pet carriers, leashes, collars, bowls
  • Empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls which can be chew toys
  • Scrubs for animal care staff
  • Household items like bleach, dish soap, paper towels, kleenex, zip-lock bags, disinfectant wipes, powdered laundry detergent, garbage bags, mops, brooms, sponges
  • Copy paper, pens, pencils, post-it notes, staples -- buy them so the org doesn’t have to!
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Don’t have the money to donate these items? There are other ways to give to your local animal shelter. 
You can also

  • Donate your time by cleaning and caring for the animals
  • Donate your skills by creating websites for each adoptable pet or taking a great photo highlighting each animal’s personality
  • Foster! 
  • Donate for your event or wedding registry



Written by: Sara Nason, Marketing Manager

3 comments:

Barbara Duno said...

Animal Shelters AJ ways welcome quality treats such as dried liver.

Ali Raza said...

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