When I was in Lancaster PA with my husband and son a few weeks ago my son picked up a wish list published by the Humane League of Lancaster County and the Humane Society of Berks County. The list was broken down by individual species. Even though it was from two specific shelters, I think that these needs would apply to all animal shelters.
Dogs – dog treats, particularly for large dogs, dog toys, again particularly for large dogs, canned dog and puppy food, puppy training pads, Science Diet Small Bites (adult and puppy), pooper scoopers, dog beds, puzzle feeders, peanut butter, Kong dog toys, empty cereal boxes for enrichment (https://www.greshamanimalhospital.com/homemade-gifts-for-our-dogs-cereal-box-treat/) , paper bags for enrichment (any size), (https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/5-things-do-paper-bags), comforters/blankets
Cats – canned kitten food, kitten milk replacer, pet nursing bottles, canned cat food, cat litter, litter boxes and litter scoops, cat beds, cat toys, cat treats, catnip, shoe boxes, baby scale, yesterday’s news paper cat litter
Critters – CareFresh mammal bedding, small mammal food (rabbit, guinea pig and ferret), Hay, all mammal treats and enrichment toys, pine bedding, reptile filters, heat lamps/bulbs
Cleaning/Office Supplies – printer paper, bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels, glass cleaner, gallon, quart and sandwich size ziplock baggies, 75-100 heavy duty garden hose, Kleenex, hand soap and hand sanitizer, rubber dish gloves, sponges, dish detergent, dustpan and brush sets, garbage bags (any size), old towels, washcloths, rags, post-it notes, white out, binders of various sizes, cellophane tape, staples, pens, markers (all size tips), postage stamps, dry erase markers and erasers, batteries (AA and AAA), mop, bucket, plastic paper protector sheets, laminating sheets, Swiffer wetjet supplies.
There are some worthwhile activities that can be undertaken by clubs or scout troops to provide assistance to local pet shelters. One is a Bottle Baby Kitten Kit Program. These consist of canned kitten food, rice (not the minute type), tube socks, small blankets, 6 oz kitten milk replacer (this is urgently needed), Miracle Nipples and pet nursing bottles. These can be collected and dropped off at your local shelter.
There is another type of drive which can be held. It is called Spike’s Pet Pantry (#nopethungry). It consists of dry dog food, dry cat food, canned cat and kitten food, canned dog food, cat and dog treats. I would suggest contacting your local shelter for more details.
I know it seems like a lot of things to donate, but if you simply pick up one or two when you are at the store, it would help. If everyone picks up one or two items, it would make a positive impact in our shelters.
So there you have it.
I wish you a good year in 2019.
“You think that dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.” Robert Louis Stevenson