Good giving

The Husband and I had recently discussed volunteering at our local animal shelter, but this had never crossed our minds -- donating to an animal shelter.

I came across this post on Apartment Therapy and just had to pluck it. It really resonates (as I'm sure it does with a lot of you out there) particularly because our pooch is one we rescued 7 years ago from our local humane society.

And because a post with pics is so much better, here's another shot of Hiro in all of his rescued-corn-tortillas-fritos-smelling glory:
10 Household Items to Donate to an Animal Shelter.
• Blankets. Fleece blankets are especially good for pet bedding. They keep animals warm and comfortable, and hopefully make them feel at home in the shelter until they find a cozier permanent home.
• Plastic bags (with no holes!). Because doggy doo happens. We’re not sure how much of an effect the plastic bag ban in SF has had on shelters’ supplies of plastic bags, but we know that plastic bags are always welcome donation items.

• Heating pads (good condition, only). They’re used to comfort and keep newborn kittens, puppies, and wildlife infants warm.

• Cleaning supplies. Keeping shelters clean and sterile is a huge job. They are never at a loss for paper towels, large trash bags, bleach, dish and laundry detergent, buckets, mops, brooms, etc.

• Batteries. Some shelters need AA and AAA batteries to run their microchip scanners.

• Baby food. The strained meat variety is used to feed kittens.

• Latex and rubber gloves. For animal handling and cleaning purposes.

• Office supplies. Pens, pencils, staplers, etc, to be used for administrative purposes in the shelter offices or front desk.

• Other bathroom linens. Some shelters also take bath mats and fluffy toilet seat covers to line animal crates.

• Cell phones. Donate them in the name of your favorite participating animal shelter (or other good cause) at Participating shelters earn commission from cell phones that are donated in the name of their cause. The Web site allows donors to print a postage paid shipping label to send in their old phones.

Some other items that readers added to the post:

-newspapers for lining cages

-paper plates for serving cat food

-old pillows

-volunteer your time

Of course, it’s always a good idea to call your local shelter before dropping off donations to see what they need most. Thanks for reading =)


  1. Great post! I never knew you could donate these items to animal shelters!

  2. Awesome tips...thank you for spreading the word. The school Jay teaches accepted donations (monetary, food, necessities) for the Humane Society last year. It was something that I had never even considered.

  3. Dogs just melt my heart.

    Thanks for the heads up, FC!

    And Hiro looks like a sweetie in that pic : )

  4. great post! I have a bunch of blankets that I plan on donating to our local animal shelter.

    and Hiro is adorable!

  5. What a great post! Half of our pets are shelter babies.

    Love the pic of Hiro, oh how his life has changed!

  6. Hiro is too adorable. Excellent post - I love animals...sometimes more than people.

  7. Your're so welcome! So good to hear from all you animal lovers out there =)

    M, that's so fantastic that Jay's school did that!
    SS, I hear ya on that one. Sometimes I prefer the company of animals to certain peeps out there =)

    And thank you for loving my sweet Hiro, everyone!!

  8. I have to chuckle at this post...because last March I went to the shelter to donate towels, sheets and old bed pillows (those are awesome for temporary dog beds). And I left with Maggie the lab/pit. :-)

    Thanks for posting it. The little furry guys need all the help we can give them.


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