Christmas is quickly approaching and it is a perfect time of the year to play Santa Paws for your local no-kill pet shelter. There are countless ways to help and not break your holiday budget. In fact, most of the ways are completely FREE.
|We volunteered at the Insane Inflatables|
5K run this weekend.
1. Volunteer your time at the facility. There are always things to do around the shelter such as landscaping, cleaning, interacting with the pets, and answering the phone.
2. Volunteer at shelter events. This is such a fun way to meet people, talk about dogs, and help shelters. Following the shelter of your choice on Facebook is a great way to find out about upcoming events.
3. Clean out the linen closet. Winter weather is especially hard on shelters. Pull out those old blankets, sheets, and towels to help keep a pup warm while it waits for a loving home. *Be sure to wash them before donating.
4. Buy a few flannel blankets. Christmas is a great time to find the cute printed flannel blankets on sale. Some are even as low as $2.99. Grab some to drop off at the local shelter. It doesn’t cost much to give a dog something to snuggle on to be off the floor.
5. Toys Does your house resemble a doggie daycare? Are toys scattered
from one end to the other? Is Santa
bringing even MORE? Gather all of the
toys in a pile, separate the toys your dogs are no longer interested in, and
bag them up for some dogs that will love them.
*Make sure all toys are clean and in good condition.
|The Humane Society of NW LA. received a|
portion of the entry for one race.
6. Easy to Make toys There are many types of toys that you can make while watching television. Click here for my Pinterest DYI Dog Toys board.
7. Donate quality treats Most shelters welcome dog /cat treats. Always call and ask your shelter if they prefer a particular brand or size in treats. *Many stores offer free bags of treats in their promotions. These make great items for donations.
8. Gift Cards If you are going heavy on gift cards this year; pick one up at a pet store or big box store for a shelter.
9. Cleaning Materials You can only imagine how many paper towels a shelter uses each day. It is always helpful to pick up a few rolls to donate.
10. Leashes and Collars It you have a gazillion leashes and only use half a gazillion, donate the others. Collars of various sizes are welcomed.
**Always check with your shelter before planning a donation.
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