Items We Need The Most:
1. Pet food and treats– A lot of the shelter’s money goes towards buying food. Think about how many animals there are to feed there. You can really help them out by bringing in a few cans or bag of food. It goes a long way. Search online for coupons so you can get a good deal.
2. Towels and blankets– Shelters are often cold and animals like to have a blanket to curl up on. Towels are a big help to dry animals off after being bathed or if they come in wet. Towels can also be used to line the bottoms of cages. The towels or blankets don’t have to be brand new or in perfect condition. The animals won’t mind., as long as they’re usable.
3. Collars, harnesses, and leashes– Dogs who are taken out on walks need a leash and collar or harness. The shelter loses some because adopted dogs often go home with their leash or harness.
4. Grooming supplies– Grooming supplies can include shampoo, brushes, combs, haircutting scissors, etc. Dogs and cats often come in dirty or end up getting dirty. Grooming supplies can keep them fresh, clean, and adoptable.
5. Toys– You would get bored if you had to lay in a crate alone all day, wouldn’t you? Animals in shelters get bored, too. It keeps the animals from being so lonely and bored and allows them to get exercise. You could go out and buy new toys, or you could donate toys your pets or children may have not gotten much use out of. It’s as simple as that.
6. Crates and carriers– Animals need to be transported somehow, and the cost of multiple crates and carriers can add up quickly. You can donate ones you stopped using that are still in good condition or you could go buy one for a decent price. This helps the shelter tremendously.
7. Dog beds and dog houses– this can offer the animals a soft place to lay instead of a kennel or cage floor.
8. Laundry detergent, fabric softener, and bleach– Towels and blankets get soiled often so the washing machines are being used a lot.