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Thursday, December 6, 2018

7 Gifts to Give Your Local Animal Shelter this Holiday Season

It's that time of year again! The holidays are upon us and we're creating gift lists for our families and friends. 

This year, consider giving a gift to your favorite local charity too! Today we're sharing gift ideas for the animal shelter in your community. These items will go a long way toward keeping pets fed and warm while they wait to find their forever homes.

  • Pet food and treats
    Give your shelter a call to find out what kind of food and treats (brand, type, etc.) they provide to the animals they care for and drop off an extra bag or two!
  • Food and water bowls
    Shelters can always use bowls to feed and water the pets in their care.
  • Collars, leashes, and harnesses
    Many shelters will send a new pet home with a collar (and leash/harness) so pet owners have everything they need to take their new family member for a walk.
  • Towels and blankets
    These help keep pets warm and cozy, especially during the winter months, while they wait for their forever homes.
  • Litter and cat boxes
    These may not be the most "fun" purchase, but they are critical for keeping cats happy! Plus, some shelters may send new cat owners home with a cat box and litter to ensure they have everything they need to help their new pet adjust.
  • Crates and carriers
    Pets need to be transported and need a space to call home once they get there. Many shelters collect these items to help first-time pet owners take their new family member home and help them as they train and adjust to their new surroundings.
  • Toys!
    Who doesn't love to stroll through the pet toy aisle? Shelters can use an assortment of brightly-colored, crunchy, squeaky, and bouncy toys to keep pets entertained and happy as they wait to be adopted.
Do you have other gift ideas for your local shelter? Comment them below!

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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lambchop19 said...

Clean, empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls!
Apparently they are used as toys for cats and dogs, and cubbies for hamsters and other small animals. :)
Other great items...
Paper towels still on the roll :)
Laundry detergent
Disinfectant wipes
Plastic grocery bags
Your time!

Erica Seelig said...

Giving to local animal shelters, sanctuaries and other organizations that help animals in need (spay and neuter assistance programs) is a wonderful way to give this or any season. Spring is especially important after unwanted litters are born or after a natural disaster. Non-human animals need our help too!

Unknown said...

Our county (Los Angeles) shelters also ask for newspapers, Kongs (a grooming / shampooing brush), peanut butter, linens (not just towels and blankets but sheets, too), rodent cages & water bottles (gerbils, hamster, guinea pig, etc.), scratching posts, baby wipes, potty training pads (sometimes called puppy pee pads), pet poop bags, newborn and kitten bottles, syringe feeders, heating pads, pacifiers, all grooming items (shampoo,tools), and hay. Our shelters also have wish lists on Amazon for items we can buy to donate, and I suspect many others may, as well, but if not, this list might give some additional ideas: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/33UMEA6M3MAQT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_OUqXBbM4YPMC7

Unknown said...

Medicine bottles. The vet suite can use the bottles to send home any meds (such as pain medicine for post-neutering or spaying) and that’s less money spent on that and more that can go toward something else.
And newspapers. Save up the newspapers and bring them in!

Far-Out Freya said...

I take old or "lonely" socks and make toys from them. Stuff a sock with other singleton socks or worn-out pantyhose, tie off the end - instant cat toy!

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