Donating to the Animals

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Hello everyone. Today, I’m here to share a short post with you all on the subject of giving. Lots of people have been posting their ideas on how to give during the holidays (and beyond), and most of this giving is focused on humans. Of course, there are a lot of families out there that could use our generosity this season, but there are also a lot of animals that could use the same thoughtfulness. Have you ever thought about donating to the animals at your local shelter?

Rarely a day goes by that donations don’t get dropped off at our shelter. So many kind souls find a way to make it out to us and drop off food, toys, bedding and more for our animals to enjoy. Rest assured, all the donations get put to good use, and it ensures that every cage is kept warm and cozy for our furry residents.

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Just as an example, we had a toy drive this past Saturday, and even though it was snowing and the driving conditions weren’t optimal, tons of people stopped by to show their support. It really warms my heart that so many make donating to the animals a priority. These are homeless furry friends without a family to enjoy the holidays with, and we make every effort to make sure they know they’re loved. In fact, we have stockings hanging from every cage with the dog or cat’s name on it. We pass donations out to the stockings, and when the dog or cat is adopted, the new owner gets the stocking with all the goodies inside.

While I don’t necessarily believe that animals are more needy than people, I still wanted to remind my fellow animal lovers out there that material or monetary donations to animal shelters are always appreciated.

If you’re wondering what exactly to donate, here’s a small list (and I’m sure there’s more):

  • Blankets
  • Sheets Cat
  • Towels
  • Comforters
  • Toys (we take used ones)
  • Food (also take opened bags, any kind)
  • Detergent (we use this to wash the bedding in the cages)
  • Pillow cases
  • Treats
  • Food bowls
  • Leashes, collars and harnesses
  • Beds
  • Carriers/cages

As you can see, there’s a lot of options. It especially melts my heart when those that suffer a loss donate to us. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to pass along material possessions that hold memories. So if you have anything that might be old or worn laying around, and you’re looking to put it to use, please keep your local animal shelters in mind this season. Many places have Facebook pages where they post a call for donations, or you can just give them a call.

Have you ever made a donation to an animal shelter? Did you realize animal shelters take donations?

Erin is a total goofball who sucks at writing about herself (though she finds referring to herself in the third person amusing). When she's not editing videos, she can be found messing around in Photoshop, laughing at her cats, watching YouTube videos, playing video games, chair dancing, sipping coffee, or any random combination of the above.

29 thoughts on “Donating to the Animals

  1. Love this post, E.M. One year for one of the kids’ birthdays, we had guests bring donations for the local animal shelter instead of gifts (for her friend party – she still got plenty of presents from the family party. :-) ) It was so fun for her to walk into the shelter and bless all of those animals. It’s important to bless our furry friends at Christmas time too.

    1. That is such a great idea! My landlord’s daughter actually made the newspaper with all the donations she raised this past Spring. It’s really sweet to see kids taking part in everything. They often have the biggest hearts.

  2. I have such a soft spot for this. I’ve never donated items, but I have donated money to different organizations. Breaks my heart to hear of homeless and/or abused pets. There is a special place in hell for people who abandon or abuse their animals. Or neglect them. And I’m going on a rant, but I wonder how many people will get pets for Christmas because they are cute when they are young, but a huge responsibility, then when they get older decide to get rid of them because they are too much work?

    1. Agreed on all counts, you don’t want to get me started either! It’s truly disgusting how some people treat their pets. Thankfully, there should be a registry coming out that will list all unfit pet owners, so that places don’t adopt out to them. We also take care to make sure our animals aren’t going to be “presents.” It’s a bad idea.

  3. Great post, E.M.! One of the things that drew me to B when we first dated was how he took in 3 kitties (emaciated and a couple had busted eyes) and nursed them to health so they could be adopted (he couldn’t keep them since he’s pretty allergic, so thankfully a lady took in all three so they wouldn’t have to be separated). It’s something that we actually never though of donating to, so thanks for planting that seed.

    1. Aw, that’s so wonderful to hear! I admire those that take animals in to rehabilitate them, especially when it can be quite costly. It’s something I would love to do in the future, possibly when all my debt is gone and we’re in a somewhat stable housing position.

    1. Thanks! I had a feeling some people might not have thought about it. To be completely honest, as much as I am an animal lover, my parents were never big on giving (mostly because of their debt situation), so I wouldn’t have thought about it either.

  4. I spent about $20 per month on bleach, peanut butter, paper towels, and laundry soap for donation to the shelter. It isn’t much, but i like to think it helps. I plan on starting to give my time soon – it is something I have wanted to do for so long, but haven’t been able to get around to yet.

    My two cats were “Internet rescues” – they never made it to as belter, but they would have if I hadn’t responded to the kijiji ad. And they are amazing animals… so quirky, and affectionate, and just overall awesome… Uh oh, my cat lady is coming out again.

    1. That’s great to hear! I am glad you rescued your cats. Both of mine are from a shelter as well. It’s so disheartening to see them there sometimes, as cats don’t get adopted nearly as often as the dogs.

    1. It’s so great to see kids getting involved in things like this. I think they have the most fun, knowing they helped out by raising donations. There have been school classes that baked dog biscuits which was really cute.

  5. It is great that this post served as a reminder to many that donating is not limited to humans in need. Animals need our love and care too even if that means giving or sharing a little of what we have to address the needs of animals staying in shelters.

  6. Great reminder! I’ll admit that I’ve never donated to a shelter, and honestly I’m not sure it’s ever crossed my mind. But I think this is a really awesome thing for people to consider and I’m glad you’re raising the issue. Cute pictures too! The orange one in that first picture looks exactly like one of our cats.

    1. I adore orange cats! We have currently have three orange kittens at the shelter and they are too cute. I’m glad I can make people aware of the option.

  7. I have not donated to an animal shelter, but I probably should! I’m a big animal lover and it’s hard for me to go to places like the humane society because I always find a few animals I want to take home with me. I really should consider donating money or goods this year.

    1. When I used to visit my mom at work I always found something I wanted to adopt, too. While they’re well taken care of at the shelter, it’s not the same as them actually having a home and family, and it can be really sad to think about.

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  9. We donate to our local animal shelter somewhat frequently. I can often get food, litter and treats at deeply discounted prices with coupons. A while back I was able to get 5 pound bags of cat food for $0.99 a bag. I was so thrilled, I bought bags and bags. We saved about 10 bags for our cats and the rest went to the shelter. All of our pets are rescues so it’s something we’re incredibly passionate about.

    1. Wow, that’s amazing! I’m always on the lookout for pet coupons, but I hardly ever stumble across them. That’s so kind of you! All our pets, besides our dog who passed, were from the shelter, too. Well, when you work there as my mom did, it’s really hard not to want to take everything home.

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