Saturday, June 19, 2010

Service Idea- Animal Shelters

Animal shelters are always in need of help, so I've compiled a list of things many animal shelters/humane societies need. Remember many are non-profit organizations and therefore depend largely on the donations of the public. Also keep in mind as the economy soured many people left animals behind in foreclosed homes, or simply gave them up as they were unable to care for them. Because of this many shelters have a surplus of animals. Some shelters have also started pet pantries realizing it would cost them less to give out pet supplies (and also make some owners very happy they can keep a source of joy in their life) then to deal with more pets in the shelter
  • Pet food. Whenever you see a deal for free or cheap pet food consider buying it to donate to a local shelter. Also, be on the lookout for free samples. These are also great to give to shelters. They usually accept both dry and canned food. Some shelters may also need bird, rabbit, and other types of animal foods.
  • Cat litter. 
  • Blankets, towels, sheets, pillowcases, basically any kind of linen you can think of. 
  • Cat Carriers. 
  • Trash bags
  • Clorox wipes
  • Toys
  • Pet treats
  • Money for all the things you can't donate (such as veterinary services).
  • Time. Many shelters are staffed by volunteers. They need people to walk dogs, clean cages, wash animals, feed animals, and plenty of other things. They also need foster parents for animals who need a little bit of special attention. Please check with your local shelter for specific details.
Go here to locate a nearby shelter (this isn't a comprehensive list, so you can also do a google search of your area). Most shelters have a wish-list, but are more than happy to accept donations for things they typically need. I hope you consider helping out some furry friends.
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