December 17th 2009 7:39 pm
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So, 'tis the Season to GIVE. Give to reputable shelters/rescues. But if you can't give financially, how about donating another precious commodity--your unused stuff? Contact shelters/rescues and ask about their "Wish List". Many times shelters/rescues are looking for items that you may have around the home. Here's AN EXAMPLE--the Wish List from my and Burt's Shelter, the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster, Indiana:
13 and 55 Gallon Trash Bags
Windex and refills
Powder-Free Latex Gloves
Mop Replacement Heads (large stringy kind)
6-Foot Nylon or Leather Leashes & Collars
Stretch and Scratch cat execise cage attachment
Double Dish Plastic Puppy Bowls
Cat & Dog Shampoo (regular, flea & tick)
Bagged Timothy Hay (for Rabbits)
One Touch Ultra Test Strips
Large Dog Crates
Kongs/Dog Toys/Cat Toys
Kuranda Dog Beds
Rabbit & Guinea Pig Food
KMR (Kitten Formula)
Esbilac (Puppy Formula)
Gift Cards (Petsmart, Walmart, Meijer, Target, Office Max, Staples, Petco, etc.)
Gas Cards for Animal Transport Vehicle
20lb. Copier Paper (colored and white)
Card Stock Paper (colored and white)
dry erase markers
So, look around your house. Look in the closets. In the basement. In the attic. In the garage. You may have many unused, unneeded items that your local shelter/rescue would welcome with open paws (plus it would declutter your house and add to the positive Fung Shui). :D
Been raiding Dollar Tree to take stuff to ours.... got lotssssssssssssss for very little cash.
Animals dont get snooty about hi $ brand names...
Moms bringing 5 bags of dogfood and 5 cartons of milkbone dog treats to the shelters. Hoping that every dog, cat, feathered, and hooved pet gets a new loving home for xmas
Dixie, mom's work does a giving tree and there are tags from a few charities on the tree. One is a local shelter. Mom took the "Dog Toys" and "Kong Toys (all sizes)" tags. We went to the store and bought a few new ones (for the puppies and for the bigger dogs). Then.....we went through MY toybox. OMD! We found so many toys that I don't play with! Mom brought in two big bags of stuff for them! And, when she went to drop off the bag, there was a whole great big pile of stuff for the animals! YAY!!!
p.s. When we moved, we donated all of our extra sheets, towels, blankies and furniture to the NHSPCA! And my auntie Jenn donated her loveseat and overstuffed chair to the NHSPCA! They will take pretty much anything, you just have to call to see if they want it, but mom has NEVER been turned down, even for file cabinets and office supplies.
OH! And it's important to get the word out that they will take (lightly) stained/bleached/discolored/seasonal/holey towels. Our shelter said they would take them and use the for rescues (like in hoarding situations) and not feel too bad about tossing them after use. It's OK to donate them too :)