Gifts Needed by Animal Shelters

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 16th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/tvbyrpq7/
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It is almost Christmas, your local Animal Shelter needs donations. In fact they need donations all year long, these are the things that animal shelters need most. Written with the help of my wife, who worked at an SPCA for 5 years.

Cash

The number one donation needed by Animal Shelters, SPCA's, pet rescues, and Humane Societies, is cash. Cash can be used by the shelter on anything they need, even paying of bills. Cash is also the easiest thing to give, and most shelters are registered as charities, meaning they can give you a tax receipt for your generous donation.

You can make cash donations in your name, your pets name, or somebody else whom you wish to remember, or honor, this way.

Some shelters allow you to specify how you wish the money to be spent, that is to say they may have special funds, such as an emergency care fund, a spay/neuter fund, or even incentive funds to help certain pets get adopted.

Pet Supplies

Of course animal shelters always need pet supplies but some are in more demand than others.

Pet Food - Always phone ahead to see if they feed a specific brand, or need food for a specific animal.

Toys - Often shelters need toys for larger breed dogs and puppies.

Cat Litter - Again always phone ahead, some shelters only use one type of litter (either clumping or non-clumping).

Treats for Small Animals - Carrots for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and so forth are often needed on a regular basis, but of course only if the shelter houses such animals.

Blankets - Most shelters use towels as bedding in the cat kennels, and blankets in the dog runs. Typically large dogs destroy the blankets rather quickly so an additional supply is often needed. There is no reason to purchase blankets for this reason - simply donate your old bed sheets!

Stainless Steel Bowls - Most animal shelters will only use stainless steel bowls as plastic cannot be properly disinfected, however they need a variety of sizes of food bowls, some for puppies, some for cats, some for dogs with long floppy ears.

Cages and Carriers - These can often be donated used if they are still in good shape. You should wash them with bleach before donating. Shelters that cannot make use of your item should be given permission to give it away with an adoption, or to sell it.

Nylon Collars and Leashes - Dog walkers must have a collar on the dog, and a good leash to use. Used collars and leashes are fine, if they are in good condition. Don't rush out and buy new without contacting the shelter first to see if there is a size they need, or a style they prefer (most shelters do not use retractable leashes or choke chain collars).

Office and Cleaning Supplies

There are other things that most people may not have thought of that animal shelters require on a regular basis.

Paper, pens, bleach, rubber gloves, garbage bags, treats for the staff, and so forth are all things that most shelters can make use of. If you have something you are unsure of you can always phone ahead and ask.

Things Shelters Often Do Not Need

Here are some things that most shelters do not need, and often toss out. Phone ahead before donating such items.

Plastic bowls - They cannot be properly disinfected.
Plastic litter scoops - These also cannot be disinfected.
Open bags of pet food - Might be stale or have some other problem.
Meat from your freezer - If you don't want to eat it, it shouldn't be fed to the dogs either.
Choke Chains - Most shelters do not approve of their use, and opt for better training.
Broken Items - Garbage, shelters do not have time to repair many such items, and some are dangerous to the pets.

Other things you can do to help

Volunteer your time to play with the cats, walk the dogs, socialize the bunnies, or whatever is needed.

Volunteer to help with fundraising, website maintainance, promotions and awareness.

Foster a pet! This is short term care, often fostering is for special pregnant animals, or orphans, just until they are old enough for adoption. It is not a way to get a "free" pet.

The best thing you can do, other than adopting a pet itself, is by spaying or neutering your own pet, and encouraging others to do the same, and by keeping good care of the pet, or pets, you have.

Links

Getting Rid of an Unwanted Pet

Information on Pet Rescues

Working at an Animal Shelter: How to Get the Job

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar johnnydod
16th Dec 2010 (#)

A very important message.. thank you for this Mark, to me anyone who love animals is a good person

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author avatar christopheranton
16th Dec 2010 (#)

Something there Mark, that we should
all remember.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Dec 2010 (#)

This is a very important message Mark. Price Chopper has made it easy for people to donate food to the local shelters. They have placed huge bins in the front of their stores where their patrons can place pet foods that they purchase for delivery to the shelters.

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author avatar passion4life
16th Dec 2010 (#)

Great information Mark! You are so right, there are so many things that we forget about when thinking of an animal shelters needs.

I have taken many of the children I work with to the humane society to volunteer their time, it also acts a great therapeutic measure for many of them being around the animals. Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Denise O
16th Dec 2010 (#)

Well written article on a very worthy cause. Good job Mark.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
16th Dec 2010 (#)

thumbs up and tweet, thanks:)

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author avatar Carol
16th Dec 2010 (#)

Great article Mark, such a worthy cause!

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author avatar LOVERME
18th Dec 2010 (#)

UR AN EXCELLENT WRITER U HAVE LESSER FOLLOWING
THAN I HAVE AMASSED BUT YOU ARE AT
A SCORE I SHALL NEVER REACH IN THIS LIFE
UR GR88888 MARK CONGRATS

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author avatar LOVERME
18th Dec 2010 (#)

how does one ever earn a star page in poetry

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Dec 2010 (#)

in poetry you can still get STAR PAGE status.
having sections - perhaps 2 poems on one page, then another Section - called LINKS - with links to no more than 4 of your other poems...
have pictures..
to be fair poetry does not get many views overall.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Dec 2010 (#)

in poetry you can still get STAR PAGE status.
having sections - perhaps 2 poems on one page, then another Section - called LINKS - with links to no more than 4 of your other poems...
have pictures..
to be fair poetry does not get many views overall.

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author avatar Conny
19th Dec 2010 (#)

This is one of the best articles I've ever read. I hope it reaches thousands of people as it carries a very important message. Thank you Marc, I didn't know you cared about animals so much.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing

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