Saturday, December 4, 2010 is the first annual "Shelter Supply Saturday", encouraging people to drop off necessary supplies to their local shelters. If your shelter hasn't published a wish list, consider these items which are often needed.
Shelters can always use money, of course. Donate in honor of a beloved pet for added meaning. If you prefer, donate directly to the vet your shelter uses and earmark the funds for their veterinary expenses.
It's easy to forget it, but animal shelters have offices and paperwork, too. Office supplies such as pens, pencils, paperclips, and rubber bands are frequently used and often in short supply.
With pets and people coming in and out of the building regularly, cleaning supplies aren't always long-lasting in a shelter environment. Bleach, all-purpose cleanser, and paper towels are on most shelters' wish lists.
Any shelter that takes in pets will probably need blankets and towels. You can sometimes find great prices at Salvation Army or Goodwill stores.
Pet food is constantly in short supply at many shelters. Check to see if they have a preferred brand or brands before you buy it. In addition to food, donate pet supplies like dog and cat toys, or collars and leashes.
If you're short on funds yourself, donate some of your time instead. Volunteer to walk dogs, clean cages, file paperwork, etc.
Great list and, from one who has fostered (and adopted) a crew of animals, every little bit helps. And, every single dog breed out there has a rescue so please, people, neuter and spay to save unwanted future pets from a homeless future.
So many ways to help the homeless animals and make it easier for them to be adopted too. Thank you for your great list. Many shelters are registered online in specific places so people can check to see where they are listed and give out of town to the local NO KILL animal shelter they choose to support.Praying for the animals is always needed.
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