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Animal Rescue Donations - What To Donate to an Animal Shelter

Updated on May 9, 2011


It's always good to donate to a non-profit organization. It really makes you feel good to know that your $5 will help somewhere in the foundation.

For animal lovers, you may want to consider donating your spare change to your local animal shelter because they typically always need something, whether it's cash donations or supplies. 

If you can't spare a few bucks in change, you don't have to. You can always donate your dog's old collar that doesn't fit him any more, or your cat's old travel crate that she doesn't need. You don't have to donate brand new products to help the animals; just make sure that the products aren't so badly used that they're falling apart. You don't want to donate an old leash that when the dog tugs one good tug, it breaks, or a snap collar that doesn't close properly.

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  • Pet shampoo
  • Bath towels (new or used)
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Liquid hand soap
  • bleach (typically the Clorox brand)
  • Laundry detergent (powder or liquid)
  • Batteries
  • Copy paper
  • Chew treats
  • Dog/cat toys
  • Dog/cat food/water bowls
  • Flea and tick prevention- Capstar, frontline (all sizes)
  • Collars
  • Leashes
  • Lawn hoses
  • Crates
  • Cat litter
  • Small gravel or sand for play areas
  • Kiddie swimming pools for the dogs
  • Rubber backed rugs to use in crates and kennels
  • Canned cat and dog food
  • Dry cat and dog food
  • Pooper scoopers
  • Puppy/kitten milk supplements
  • Puppy/kitten vitamins

Also consider gift cards as a nice donation, if you don't want to give cash or supplies.

  • Gas cards are great if shelter uses a van for adoption off premise
  • Wal*mart/ SAMS gift cards
  • Petsmart/ PetCo gift cards

Other Fundraising

Some animal rescue groups will have other fundraising tactics, so you may want to check with your local animal shelter(s) to see what other programs they may be involved with to help raise money for the animals.

Some shelters will collected empty printer and copier catridges to send in, as well as old cell phones and cell phone accessories.

You can also check to see if your local shelter(s) will accept your old junk- clothes, gadgets, movies, CDs, toys, and pretty much anything you would normally sell at a yard sell. Some shelters will collect the stuff you don't want anymore and have a yard sell to help raise money.

If you want to help, you don't have to adopt a new pet (although that is great if you have the ability to do so). You can consider some of the options listed here or you can come up with some of your own. And, remember that if you have a spare hour or two, animal shelters are always in need of volunteers.


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      7 years ago

      My animal shelter is letting me volenter if i have my parent with me im 14..... i have a dog from a animal shelter that place is so sad i want to adopt them all...... So im donating lots of things this christmas for them....

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      7 years ago from Texas

      Great tips! Shared & linked! :)

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      Sally Branche 

      7 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Thanks for all the good ideas for supporting the local animal shelter! Voted up and rated! :)

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      7 years ago

      Very good useful and informative article. I like that you stress the "local" aspect. This way you know your money will be used for the actual care of animals, as opposed to p.r. or administrative costs like larger organizations. Lots of good suggestions for non-cash donations as well. I know where I worked we were always in need of towels and bedding.

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      9 years ago from Georgia

      Call the shelter. More than likely you're too young, but could probably volunteer with a parent or guardian.

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      9 years ago

      i would like to volunteer at nevada humaine society because i have no animals. but i am only 12 and i dont know if i can.

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Hear Hear. I have posted a hubpage today for a UK charity that desperately needs funds. They are all so worthy.

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      ginn navarre 

      9 years ago

      Whitney, this is a habit I have followed most of my life---go girl.


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