1. Cleaning Supplies:
Basic cleaning supplies are always welcome. Dish-washing liquid is needed for cleaning bowls and kitchen utensils. Laundry detergent is always a hot commodity in an animal shelter, where mountains of laundry are commonplace. And bleach is a required cleaning supply at animal shelters.
Treats help for training and for rewarding good behavior in the shelter. Unopened jars of peanut butter, meaty type jerky training treats, and unopened bags of cat treats, dental chews, catnip, and other treats make great donations.
Cat toys and dog toys are always welcome. A bored caged animal makes for an awful existence. Having toys for dogs and fuzzy mice or scratching posts for cats helps make their stay at the shelter a little more tolerable. Birds and other small animals will appreciate toy donations as well, so don’t forget to see if the shelter has a need for those, too.
If you’re looking to clean out your linen closet, feel free to donate whatever items you no longer need. Clean towels, blankets, and sheets can be used as bedding materials for cats and dogs, so the fluffier the better. Of course, actual dog beds and cat beds are always received with open arms as well. If you have the means to do so, purchasing a fancy orthopedic or heated bed for either dogs or cats would be a fantastic donation, too!
Monetary donations are always first and foremost on any shelter’s wish list. Monetary donations allow for animal shelters to treat ill or injured animals that come to the shelter as a result of abandonment or cruelty cases. Although most shelters will ask for a surrendering fee to cover basic inoculations upon entry to the shelter, most individuals that are in need of surrendering don’t have the financial means to pay these dues. Additionally, a lot of non-profit animal shelters rely on monetary donations to remain open and to help the community at large.
Here are direct links to wishlists from some of our local animal shelters in our area on exactly what they are needing.
KC Pet Project