11 Holiday Gifts Shelter Pets Are Wishing For
Animals without homes for the holidays have still been good boys and girls. Giving them toys will give you all the feels.
Your pet wants you to read our newsletter. (Then give them a treat.)
There isn’t a more worthy recipient for holiday gifting than your local animal shelter. The cats and dogs who haven’t found homes yet this year are most deserving (and most appreciative) of new toys and treats. While non-profit animal organizations always need monetary donations to help animals, you should check with your local shelter to ensure they’re getting the support they need during the busy holiday season. Be sure to ask if they have any specific needs for products that you can either purchase or donate. Here are some ideas to add to your list.
1. Puzzle Toys
2. Hidey Beds
3. Kitten Bottles & Milk Replacers
4. Orthopedic Beds
5. Pee Pads
6. High-Quality Leashes & Martingale Collars
7. Cleaning Supplies
8. Pet Food
9. Human Food
Shelter staff and volunteers work 365 days a year to be a safety net for pets in your community. This holiday season, consider catering a lunch or dropping off cupcakes to show your gratitude.
10. The Gift of Your Time!
Add “volunteer for your local shelter” to your New Year’s resolutions list or simply offer to bring a shelter dog home for a foster weekend. Every organization is looking for help in many forms.
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Lindsay Hamrick, CPDT-KA
Lindsay Hamrick lives in New Hampshire with her three dogs, chickens, and an assortment of rotating foster animals. She forces her elderly chihuahua, Grandma Baguette, on overnight backpacking trips, can diaper a lamb with one hand, and while she’s a long-time Certified Professional Dog Trainer, 66.7% of her dogs still won’t lay down when asked.