Animal shelters depend heavily on donations given by animal lovers and pet owners just like you. And although monetary donations are certainly helpful, it’s not the only thing that is needed. As with shelters for the homeless, basic necessities and everyday consumables, including pet meds, warm blankets and other pet supplies, are extremely important in maintaining healthy and happy animals.
If you are interested in donating to an animal shelter in your area, view the list below of commonly needed and used pet items. Although this list is to help jumpstart possible ideas, you may want to contact your shelter first to see if they accept them.
- Pet Food – Giving both wet and dry cat and dog food is a big help to shelters and their animals. And even food or water bowls are always in demand. Also, consider giving treats, which could help with training programs, if your shelter has them.
- Blankets and towels – If you have unused towels or blankets, both of these can be used to keep pets warm, provide a sleeping surface or help clean up any messes the animals may make.
- Grooming supplies – To help keep pets looking and feeling their best, grooming supplies may also be overlooked. Items like brushes, dog/cat shampoos (no human products), nail clippers and pet dental supplies are sure to please almost any shelter.
- Leashes and collars – Shelters can go through many of these, especially since they are usually given to the owner of an adopted pet. For this reason leashes and collars in different sizes can always be useful.
- Cat litter and litter boxes – Cat litter is an ongoing expense for all cat owners and donating litter boxes is helpful since there are usually more cats than litter boxes.
- Newspaper – Instead of hauling your newspaper for recycling, see if your shelter needs any. It’s often used to line the inside and bottoms of crates to make clean up easier, which almost any shelter employee can appreciate.
- Toys – Being caged up all day can inevitably make animals depressed. By donating toys, you can help provide comfort and mental stimulation. Just check with your shelter to see if they accept these or not.
- Time – Even if you don’t think that you have any tangible objects to offer your local shelter, try asking about volunteering. Many of the pets in shelters need attention and care just like any other pet.
Donate Money to Support Homeless and Needy Animals
If you feel more comfortable donating money to help support animal rescue, below are a few nationally known organizations in need.