Most-Needed Donations to Animal Shelters

Just about all animal shelters and rescue organizations need the public’s help. Most of the time, people will offer cash donations to their local shelters to help fund their need for supplies, food, and medical care. What happens when, in a depressed economy, a cash donation may not be available to members of the public? Donations of other forms are also always needed by shelters and every little bit helps.

Food
Just a single bag of dog or cat food, or a small box of canned food, helps defray the costs of feeding the animals in a shelter. Some shelters house more than two dozen animals at any one time, each requiring at least one meal a day. Larger shelters may house cattle, horses, or other large creatures, and each one of them will need to eat. Most shelters may not be picky about the food they receive; however, when in doubt, phone ahead to double-check.

Cleaning Supplies
Shelters house their animals in cages and cubicles, stables and stalls. For the health of the creatures that live inside them, they need cleaning regularly. Bleach, for instance, helps kill off a lot of bacteria that can kill a dog or cat. Mops, brooms, scrub-brushes: anything that you can think of to help clean out an animal’s pen, usually with concrete floors and drains, would be very appreciated. Also, donating pet-friendly shampoos, both for pest removal or general washing, as well as grooming supplies is never a bad thing.

Equipment
Leashes and collars wear thin after repeated uses, and some shelters may even send a collar home with the new pet upon adoption. When possible, the animals are walked in some places to exercise them during the day, which requires the right equipment. Donating leashes and collars is a way to aid animal shelters. Old towels that someone might want to toss out in favor of new ones can be donated too: animals don’t care about a stain or a hole post-bath, or when recovering from surgery or illness.

Time
The most overlooked and least expensive donation a person can give a shelter is their time. Volunteering to walk the dogs, socialize them, play with them, or otherwise help the shelter in some fashion goes a longer way in some cases than a monetary donation. It’s good for the animals and good for the soul.