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How Can I Give Back to Needy Animals for the Holidays?

It’s almost Christmas! We’ve all (probably) gotten all of our shopping done, if not all of the gift wrapping. We’ve bought presents for our human families and for our furry family members, and we’re working on getting the holiday meal prepped and planned. Tomorrow brings family, friends, food and presents from Santa!

We all want to enjoy the holiday season with our own fur babies and family this year, but let’s all also remember that there’s still time to make this Christmas and the New Year better for cats and dogs at our local shelters and rescue groups.

What Items Do Shelters Need Most?

A dog and cat with Santa Hats hanging off one ear.

You can easily contact the rescue group or shelter that you want to help and ask what they need most, but here are some of the most common items needed to help dogs and cats:

  • Food
  • Blankets, sheets, washcloths, towels (your old items, freshly washed, would be great!)
  • Cat litter, litter boxes, and pee pads
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dog and cat beds
  • Toys (especially toys like Kong, which can be stuffed and occupy time!) and rawhides
  • Scratching posts
  • Collars and leashes
  • Shampoo

Volunteer Time

A person reaching out to 2 dogs in a outdoor kennel.

Besides needing things like food and cleaning supplies, shelters and rescue groups need us to volunteer our time! We can be trained to walk dogs, clean kennels, help scoop poop, do basic training with dogs, foster pets, raise money, and many other tasks. If you have extra time each week or want to teach your kids how to volunteer in a fun way, then contact your local shelter or rescue group and ask them what they need help with the most. Make this your New Years’ Resolution this year!

Monetary Donations

A dog looking sad from inside a kennel at a shelter.

If you have the ability to give a monetary donation to your favorite rescue group or shelter, then that would be ideal! This way the animals can receive exactly what they need at the time you give your donation. Many times shelters receive lots of treats when what they really need is cat litter and bleach, for example. Anything you can afford to give helps a lot!

If you can help your favorite shelter or rescue group in one of these ways this holiday season, then lots of needy dogs and cats will be grateful and have a Merrier Christmas and Happier New Year!

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