All across the land people are making their lists for Santa and animal rescue organizations are no exception. During the season for giving usually when one thinks about donating to an animal rescue they think either money, time and perhaps a few blankets but there’s a whole list of unusual (and cheap) things on those wish lists. Here are 20 of those items:
Sometimes those newly rescued kitties don’t quite know how to say “I love you” and “Thank you” right away. Instead they act with their claws and the staff needs a few bandages as a result. It’s a good thing they forgive and forget, though.
2. Paper Towels
Spilled food, water, upset stomachs — they all lead to endless messes that need to be wiped clean.
3. Printing Paper
Plain white for those adoption documents or colored for making signs for the shelter and flyers for upcoming events.
4. Paint Supplies
Animals like chimpanzees paint just like humans as a de-stressing and creative outlet. Primate sanctuaries could use paint, brushes and canvases to give to their animals for enrichment activities.
Large sanctuaries have large patches of greenery for the animals to roam about, which is fantastic for them but also means a whole lot of lawn to moan and leaves to pile up. Rakes and other lawn tools make the job easier on volunteers.
6. AA batteries
Animal rescue organizations are usually understaffed and walkie talkies are essential for communication between workers so they can move between the various spaces as needed. Batteries keep that radio contact alive.
7. Squeeze Cheese
A dollop of cheese goes a long way in training and distracting pups. It may not be gourmet, but dogs sure love it as a reward.
Small critters like rabbits prefer veggies for their reward, thank you very much.
9. Baby Wipes
Perfect for sensitive skin, baby wipes disinfect and help clean sticky messes from animals’ fur around the shelter.
10. Hand Sanitizer
One of the worst things that can happen at an animal rescue is that one sick animal spreads their disease to all others. Hand sanitizer allows the staff to thoroughly kill all germs when going in and out of isolation rooms.
11. Fur Coats
Your grandmother’s fur coat is so not in style anymore but now it could keep an orphaned baby animal warm.
Whole or shelled, peanuts are a favorite for many animals at wildlife rescue organizations like squirrels, pigs and birds.
Remember those endless messes? Yea, sometimes they get really bad…
14. Dish Soap
Those food bowls need to be cleaned.
15. Manila Folders
Animal rescues keep records of animals adopted, donations made and events planned. All those documents need to be stored neatly in a filing cabinet.
Puppies who aren’t potty trained need them and so do smaller critters like ferrets and chinchillas that find shredded piles of it awfully cozy.
17. Gift Cards
Your good old go-to gift when you can’t decide what to get also works for rescue organizations, specially for big stores like Home Depot and PetSmart.
18. Garden Hose
There’s nothing more effective than strong water pressure to clean a dirty kennel!
19. Painting Materials
Don’t know what to do with that paint roller, tray and leftover paint now that your home improvement project is over? Shelters rarely have the budget for an upgrade so having the supplies will help them keep up appearances.
20. Tree Trunks and Stumps
Habitats for animals like goats and tigers need large tree trunks they can climb, scratch and play around.
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