Most local animal shelters and humane societies can always use donations from caring members of the public. If you want to make a donation on a large scale, be sure to check with your shelter and/or humane society to see exactly what items they need the most right now, and then host your own donation drive!
If you belong to a group, see if the other members are interested in getting involved in making it a big group effort. Generally the more people you have involved, the more you can collect and give to homeless pets in need. After you gather all willing parties and find out what you need to collect, it’s time to find a location to host the drive and to let people know that you’re hosting one.
Sometimes drives are held outside of grocery stores and people donate things as they leave the store. To do this, you have to get permission from the grocery store. Ask to speak with a manager and explain to them what you want to do. This method also works outside of pet stores or other areas of high traffic where people would have access to the items you want them to donate.
There’s also the option of hosting a private donation drive where you let your friends/family/coworkers know that you’re trying to collect items to donate to the shelters or humane societies, and then tell them what you want and when you need to have it by. That allows people to buy the items and bring them to you before the end of your drive. This is often a good method of collection if you want to host a drive in your office or school.
At the end of your drive, tally what you received, take it to your shelter or humane society, and pat yourself on the back for doing a great thing for homeless pets!
Have any of you ever hosted a donation drive? Do you have any tips or stories to share?