Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 86: Donated Old Towels/Blankets To An Animal Shelter


When I was going through my t-shirts yesterday, and decided that I was going to donate them, it got me thinking about what else I had around the house that could be easy to donate. So the theme for my random acts this week is going to be to take everyday household items and to donate them to different causes. I am sure there are plenty of organizations or people who could use things that we all barely use, never use or even appreciate the importance of.

One of the biggest challenges for animal shelters is to try to make animals feel at home and comfortable with their surroundings. There was a study done by The Compassion Action Institute in New York City which found that animals who were given used blankets and towels seemed to be more relaxed, happy and secure in their surroundings. Having an animal that is more relaxed and personable dramatically increases the chances that the dog or cat will be adopted. So today, for my random act of kindness, I am going to be donating some of my family's used blankets and towels to the local animal shelter/adoption facility. Although I would like to, I know I can't adopt all of the dogs and cats there, so I will try to do my part to ensure that they end up in a home as soon as possible. If you have any new or used blankets that are just sitting around, collecting dust, I bet an animal shelter near you could use them.

14 comments:

  1. I dropped off towels at an animal shelter a few months ago. Based on the reaction of the staff, you would have thought I had just signed a five figure check. Totally appreciated, desperately needed and put into use that very day!

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  2. You really are an inspiration; and it's so good to read about all the different ways you have found to help others. I have the"Versatile Blogger" Award for you, so if you have time, drop by my blog anytime from Friday 10:00am (BST) and pick it up. I hope many others will get to know about your amazing project through this :)

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  3. This is really a great thing to do, anyone who's got pets or otherwise are near animals will know that there is always a need for things like towels. I would think most animal shelters would be happy to take old towels, and I bet the animals there will be the most happy for it :)

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  4. This is an awesome idea, thanks for sharing!!

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  5. You have inspired me to take a big comforter to an animal shelter. I was going to put it in a donation pick-up bag until I read your post. Great idea!

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  6. Great idea! My sister is in charge of a dog shelter in Italy and I can guarantee towels and blankets are ALWAYS needed, together with cleaning products and obviously food! I don't know if any of your followers is from Italy, but just in case I'll 'advertise' our dog shelter here: www.lunadiformaggio.com - take a look at all the pictures and videos of cute dogs, I am sure they'll make you smile! :-)

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  7. So cute! I never even thought of that. I def have a few blankets laying around that I've only used for bonfires that could go to a shelter! Thanks :)

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  8. Super idea! I love animals too, that's so kind of you!

    Alissa
    ripleyadoption.blogspot.com

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  9. This is great! Too often, people just throw away things that could be used otherwise.

    Awesom!

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  10. Donating clothes and household goods are great ways to keep things out of landfills as well!

    My youngest just had a massive growth spurt (thanks, NewKidney!) so I'm going to have to go through her things to see what we can pass on.

    DeeDee
    www.KidNeedsAKidney.blogspot.com

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  11. Not nice to dress your Helly-Kitty Dog like that ;-)

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  12. Such a wonderful idea, and what a wonderful blog you have xx

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  13. It's so thoughtful of you. I'm sure all the speechless animals appreciate your kindness :)

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