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.
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):
- 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
- Food bowls
- Leashes, collars and harnesses
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?