#GivingTuesday is a national day of giving to kick off the giving season and encourage charitable activities! We’ll be celebrating the day by giving to our local shelters and rescue organizations, and encourage all pet lovers to do the same and start a new philanthropic tradition that you can enjoy every year. While giving monetary support in the form of donations is always appreciated, your generosity can take many forms! You can give your talents, your time, items on a shelter’s wish list which often include older items you may have been about to throw away anyway, like older sheets, blankets, towels, newspapers, and more. Sometimes organizations will have auctions or tag sales, and will accept your higher value or lightly used items as a donation too.

If your local shelter or rescue doesn’t have a wish list posted on their website or Facebook page already, we suggest asking before filling up your car and making a delivery! Some shelters have limited space as well as funds, so may only be able to accept specific items. You can find shelters and rescues near you by doing a Shelter/Rescue Search using your zip code here.

If you’re not already volunteering with an animal welfare organization, you can also register with our Adopt-a-Pet.com volunteer database. Once you sign up, you can search through any volunteer opportunities that shelters and rescues have posted, as well as wait to see if shelters and rescues contact you directly.

Have a happy #GivingThursday and rest of the holiday season this year!