A Shelter’s Christmas Wish List
Patra here! ‘Tis the season of gift giving. I should know, because I love purr-esents. Giving is always better than receiving. It makes me feel as warm and fuzzy on the inside as I am on the outside! I already made my list. I’m going to give my humans extra cuddles and Tiberius a bone. As for me, I don’t need much—but I know animals that do!
Thousands of animals will spend Christmas this year in a shelter. Like other pets, they need the same items to keep them healthy and happy, from a soft bed to medicine that prevents illness. Shelters cannot provide all of this on their own and rely on the generosity of humans like you to make these animals’ dreams come true!
I’ve come up with a list of items that a shelter would love to receive for Christmas. I would buy them myself, but I don’t think human stores take snuggles as a form of payment!
- Food and Water Bowls
Food and water bowls are a necessity for shelters. Each animal needs its own set; sometimes, two or three animals can share a set if they stay in the same cage. As more animals arrive at shelters, more food and water bowls are needed.
Sometimes we can get bored sitting in our rooms all day, so having a toy or a stuffed animal to play with can maintain our high spirits. Plus, when we get the opportunity to go outside and play with the human volunteers, toys can make it a lot more fun.
- Pet Beds
No one likes to sleep on a cold, hard concrete floor. Having a comfortable bed to sleep on at night allows for a more restful sleep, keeping us healthy. Some of my friends are older or have health issues that require something comfortable to rest on.
- Cleaning Supplies
The humans at the shelter make sure we live in clean conditions, meaning they go through a lot of supplies! Paper towels, Windex, laundry detergent, brooms, mops, and disinfectant wipes are just a few of the items used in daily operations to keep the shelters clean. Not all shelters utilize the same items, so you may want to check their website to see what they prefer.
- Pet Food
Shelters need a variety of food types to satisfy all the animals in their care. These varieties include:
- Wet, canned food
- Dry, bagged food
- Puppy/kitten formula
- Adult food
- Senior food
Because of the wide selection, it is best to call your local shelter to see what they prefer. And don’t forget my other furry friends! Some shelters also house animals like guinea pigs and rabbits.
- Dog/Cat Treats
Shelter animals love treats too! They’re great to put in food dispensing toys like Kongs. It gives us a fun activity with a delicious reward when we succeed. Dog and cat treats of all sizes and varieties are needed. Crunchy cookie shaped like bones, soft bacon flavored strips, dental chews, and pill pockets are sure to delight.
- Office Supplies
While the animals have no use for staples or postage stamps, the humans that take care of them do! From sending out donation letters, printing adoption forms, and documenting shelter-related information, offices supplies can be used quickly. Office supplies are necessary to facilitate a shelter’s operations, so the humans can find all of my friends a fureverhome!
- Cat Litter
Us cats have different needs, and these needs expand into our preferred choice of litter. That is why shelters need to have a variety of cat litter, such as clumping and non-clumping or clay and non-clay. Cats with more specific needs, such as newborn kittens or cats post-surgery, will require a non-clay variety. Check with your local shelter to see what they prefer for their feline guests!
- Gift Cards
Give a gift card from Petsmart, Petco, Office Max, Meijer, Target, you name it! A gift card allows a human working at the shelter to pick items that are of the highest priority. From puppy formula like Esbilac to food dispensing toys, each shelter has a different item that is most important to them.
- Heating Pads
PuRrrR! It can be cold on those concrete floors, especially during the winter! Heating pads are used in shelters to help older animals, newborn puppies or kittens, sick animals, or animals with issues like arthritis.
Please help make a shelter’s Christmas brighter by gifting items like these and make it a very meowy Christmas. To find out specifically what my friends in Texas need, contact the Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets today!
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