I give a monthly gift to my local Humane Society and today I received a letter from them thanking me for my efforts and inviting me to do more. Their accomplishments this year include placement of 91% of the animals that were brought to them for help, and providing assistance to more than 2,700 families in my community in the form of low-cost veterinary care and spay/neuter services. It feels tremendous to know that I have had a part in this, helping pet owners and more importantly, the pets themselves. This reminds me that safe for your pet is really all about safe for all pets. While I am sure that I will try to increase my monthly gift in 2016, it is not always possible to give financially. My pets have challenged my budget in recent months, my Boston Terrier had a malignant tumor removed from her leg a few months back and my aged Beagle has become incontinent and always seems to need another test, another medication.  So the best of intentions can’t always become a reality. Considering the season, I thought this was the perfect occasion to talk about the countless other ways to help the homeless animals in your community.


How You Can Help Local Shelters and Rescue Groups


  • You can be a foster in your home and give a pet more than just food and shelter
  • Donate your time. This is a significant way to help by caring for the animals and helping the facility keep clean and running.
  • Shelters need help taking great photos and videos of available pets
  • Donations help keep a shelter running and many of the items necessary include:
    • Pet food
    • Towels and blanketsfile2461321236524
    • Newspaper
    • Toys
    • Kitty litter and cat boxes
    • Grooming supplies
    • Leashes, harnesses and collars
    • Crates and carriers
    • Dog and cat beds
    • Paper towels
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Laundry detergent, bleach and fabric softener
    • Flea and tick treatment
    • Food and water bowls
    • Garbage bags, mops and brooms
    • Rubber gloves
    • Hand sanitizer

If you are interested in giving a monthly monetary donation, you may wish to consider the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,  ASPCA. For close to 150 years they have made it their mission to end animal abuse and neglect.


12 comments on “Tis The Season – How To Give To The Animals That Need The Most

  • Very well done. I am not a fan of cats so would rather see dogs on the header. But still well done. In scrolling through your pages I landed on the affiliate link to Wysong Dog Food. That works as expected. Scrolling down I noticed you stated that Wysong dog food can also be purchased on line at wysong with no link. I am sure they appreciate your referral but can’t you make it an affiliate link and receive compensation for the endorsement? If not, I would just use the Amazon link

  • Hi Erin
    Oh! I love animals so much! This is such an awesome site. The product reviews are a very nice touch too. Animal safety and health are very important and I wish everyone else thought so too. It’s really great to see others that care so much about animals. Thank you for the great information.

    • Hi Alyx,

      Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your positive comments. Animals are so important to me and I feel that we all have a duty to be the best advocate for them that we can be. Come back and visit often!

      Take Care,


  • Very thoughtful post, I have joined some communities but not to help pets. I think these are great ideas I may be able to work on when I have more time off from work. Sometimes I see some cats in the neighbourhood and it saddens me on how skinny they look.

    Thanks for this post and reminding us what we can do to improve on the life of others.

    • Hi Anh,

      Thanks for your comments. It is sad to see cats that are indeed too skinny and are left to roam outdoors. Agencies that help animals like these need our help to keep doing what they do.

      Take Care,


  • I really enjoyed your animal site and the needs of these shelter dogs (and cats). What adorable pictures and you are so right they do need so many supplies. Here is a thought, people that do a lot of couponing could purchase things for their local shelter. Every bit helps, Thanks for your informative site.

    • Hi Angela,

      I agree people can use coupons for pet items and donate that way. Even saving newspaper, old linens, blankets and towels – these are great items to donate to your local shelter and rescue groups.

      Take Care,


  • I am a complete cat fan (though i like dogs too) and often try to help out local animal rescues. I like that you included a list of some of the items that can be donated to local pet rescues as often people think that they only take cash donations and not everyone can afford that every month. Often rescues are crying out for items – I especially see quite often requests for blankets and old towels. I donate cat food flavours that my cat doesnt like (especially when you buy a multi box – there is always a flavour your own pet doesnt like.)

    • Hi Evie, Thanks for visiting my site and for your comments. Animals rescues really do need so much and as you point out, so much more than just cash. I think a great way to include rescues in our donations is to use the coupons that are available online and in the newspapers to purchase food and supplies that cats and dogs need and donate those. The rescue and the animals will appreciate all that you do!

      Take Care,


  • Hi Erin, the Humane Society has definitely done a fantastic job in helping our pets out. I’m quite strapped financially and haven’t been able to donate as much as I would like to.
    I never thought about donating items in place of money, this is a great idea. I just happen to have a lot of the things on your list that I could donate. I’m glad I came across your article.

    • Hi Kim,

      It is always the season to help those that help the animals in need. Basic items are just as beneficial as cash donations and I am glad that you are able to help!

      Take Care,


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