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Have you wondered how you can help your local pet shelter? Most pet shelters in this country have a constant need for our help and support. There are so many strays and unwanted pets that the shelter’s resources are never enough to cover all of their needs. Many times, shelters rely on our donations to take care of the animals they receive.
How Can You Help Your Local Pet Shelter?
If you have children, consider involving them in your donation to your local pet shelter. It’s important to help children understand our responsibilities towards animals in these shelters. If they’re old enough, you can incorporate a discussion on the importance of spaying or neutering your pet to help prevent overpopulation and unwanted pets.
Here are a few things that most animal shelters have a consistent need for:
- Paper towels and bath towels for cleaning messes
- Bleach, sponges, disinfecting wipes, laundry detergent and dish soap for cleaning
- New pet food, dental treats, catnip, and pet treats – sealed is the best
- New pet toys especially the larger Kong dog toys
- Pet blankets and bedding
- Pet waste bags
- Newspapers to line cages
- Unopened bags of bedding and hay for small animals
- New cat litter boxes and cat litter
- Pet chew sticks for small animals like gerbils and hamsters
- Pet beds in new or good condition
- Money or a gift card to your local store
It’s always best to check with your local shelter before loading up the car to drop off your donation. Some shelters may also accept dog houses that are in good condition if they have a large outside area for dogs to play in.
As you clean out your house for tag sales this summer, consider how you can help your local pet shelter. Many grocery stores have a drop-off point for your local shelter so consider buying an extra bag of cat food while you’re doing your weekly shopping.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She has been running a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont for the past three years. She’s a proud Mommy to 2 shelter kitties. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.