By Andrew Puccetti
Millions of animals enter shelters each year. one way to make sure they have a good life while waiting to be adopted is to hold a supply drive for your local shelter. Commonly needed items are food, treats, toys, beds, towels, and office supplies. Follow these tips for a successful supply drive:
1. Find out what is needed. Give the shelters a call to see what they are in need of or check their website—shelters often have a list of needed supplies online. When it comes to donating food or treats, make sure to first find out if they prefer certain brands or types.
2. Organize drop-off locations for the supplies. Schools, community centers, grocery stores, pet stores, vet offices, and churches are all great places to collect supplies. Decorate large boxes and leave them in the places you choose. Always make sure to obtain permission before leaving a box.
3. Promote your supply drive. If you want your drive to be a success, it is important to advertise it. Get on social media, make posters, write letters to editors, or call the local radio stations and ask them to make an announcement. Make sure to send the info to the shelter so they can share the information as well.
4. Deliver your collected supplies. Once your drive is over, call the shelter to schedule a drop-off time. Don’t just leave the box at the shelter’s front door, as you want to make sure the items make it to the right people.
5. Turn any occasion into an opportunity to give back. The next time your birthday rolls around, ask for shelter donations instead of gifts. The same goes for other major occasions, like graduations, housewarmings, and holidays. It’s an easy way to collect a lot of items, and feeling like you’ve made a difference is always a great gift in itself.
Coordinating shelter drives supports your local animal shelters and keeps the animals healthy and stimulated. Planning these events is always more fun in a group, so see if you can get some friends together to help you. No matter what or how much you collect, you’ll be making a wonderful contribution to animals in need.