In an age where there are tons and tons of pet items for us to spoil our furry family friend, we all have some items that are slightly worn, in decent shape, or even never used that we could donate to our local shelter, rescue group, or humane society.
Our pets are spoiled with dog crates for every stage of life, toys for every holiday, leashes and collars for any trend you’d like, and outfits for every season. There are dozens upon dozens of dog treats, cat treats, and items we’ve all bought that were met with a huff and upturned snout or a head that turned away with disgust.
Instead of dumping the items, shelters and other organizations may be able to use the items you no longer need. The SPCA has local branches in many states and cities and accept donations. They often need blankets, towels, food dish, beds, and carriers. Shelters will accept slightly used or unopened toys, unopened food, and cleaned supplies.
Before donating wash the supplies so they are free of any germs and dirt. If you’re unsure what your local shelter needs, give them a call. Often times, your donation is tax deductible.
If you don’t have any items to donate but want to help animals, think about donating your time. Many shelters and organizations need people who will help socialize animals for adoption. Most places ask for a set number of hours a month, usually between 4 to 8 hours. You might help get a scared cat used to people by petting, playing, and spending time with it or you might be asked to walk a few dogs. You could also foster an animal if you have the space and time.
Most places will only allow people over the age of 16 to volunteer and have orientation meetings prior to getting started. This is to introduce you to their policies and procedures and also to educate you on how to to stay safe while spending time with the dogs and cats.
No matter what you do or how small it may seem, you’d make a difference in the life of an animal who is awaiting their forever home. So go through your closets and see if there’s an old blanket or some towels you no longer need, get rid of the leashes and harnesses that your dog no longer needs or you no longer use, and give away that cat bed that never gets used. There’s a cat and a dog in a shelter somewhere who would appreciate it!