I am curious as it seems many of you are dog rescuers as well as Breeders. If you donate to shelters or rescue centers, what would you suggest looking for in that shelter? (I am not sure if we can post names, although that would help me alot). I am asking as I get alot of requests to donate and I do to about 4 right now every year (some are monthly), mainly local ones. I wanted to see if there were more out there that could use it more than others. (I know they all need it, some are better at using it wiser than others). Thanks in advance for the suggestions :-)
I donate to the local SPCA. When I do transports for this rescue that takes from high kill shelters I always bring along something to pass on for donation. Treats, toys, blankets, towels etc. They always need common things.... stamps, paper towels, envelopes, bleach, etc.
OH Riley! I never thought of cleaning products. OMG what a great idea! I take them toys, beds, food etc plus donate money as it breaks my heart everytime I go to these places. My hubby has forbidden me to actually walk in a shelter anymore lol
Yep, both our SPCA's have wish lists with cleaning products for the kennels and laundry. I never actually go in, I leave the donations at the doorstep on days they are closed. Because otherwise I walk out crying.
Any dog shelter or dog rescue that is listed on Petfinder is a good one to donate to. Some have wish lists on their page. Here is a good list of what to donate to almost any shelter or rescue:
Royal Canin Baby Cat Food KMR Formula: Milk Replace for Kittens Cat & Dog Shampoo and Conditioner Blankets Newspapers Canned Puppy Food Towels Laundry Detergent Fabric Softener Sheets Heating Pads Hot Water Bottles Gallon jugs of white vinegar Small and medium-sized rectangular litter boxes Wood stove pellets Jingle cat toys
The other thing that I do for local shelters is to go onto dog and cat food manufacturers websites and apply for coupons. I cut out coupons in the newspaper as well. Then I mail the coupons to the shelters and rescues - along with money to buy "Better dog food" - makes me feel better to know that they're not having to eat crap food.
Last Christmas I found fleece material on sale and made a bunch of mini blankets for the dogs... when a dog was adopted he/she got to take his "receiving blanket" to his new home.
Don't forget: rubber gloves clorox wipes disposable cameras (for the adopters who wanted to catch it all on film - but forgot their camera) tennis balls
I donate to our Humane Society, which has just become a "no kill" shelter and I am thrilled about that. I too donate money, cleaning supplies, food, dog/cat dishes, toys, collars, leashes, old newspapers, they can use just about anything. We participated in the Mutt Strut again this year which is a fund raiser for them and we had a great time once again. Over 200 dogs and their owners participated, raised over $4,000.00, not counting the two van loads of donated items.