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How to Organize a Shelter Drive

  • January 9, 2013
  • 4:30 pm
How to Organize a Shelter Drive

Millions of animals enter animal shelters each year. One way to make sure they all have a good life while waiting to be adopted is to hold a supply drive for your local shelter. Local shelters often need supplies, and people of all ages have the ability to hold a drive. Commonly needed items are food (some shelters only accept a certain brand), toys, beds, towels, and office supplies. Here are some tips for planning 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.
  2. Select a date. You can have a drive any time of the year, but many people choose to have theirs in coordination with a holiday or event. And with all the holidays coming up, there’s no better time to schedule a drive, so talk to your school or town about putting something together (or just do it on your own).
  3. Find drop off locations for the supplies. Good places are your school, community center, grocery stores, pet stores, vet offices, and churches. Decorate large boxes and leave them in the places you choose. Make sure to obtain permission from the person in charge before leaving a box.
  4. Promote your supply drive. If you want your drive to be a success, it is important to advertise it. Make posters with all the needed information (date, location, which shelter is being donated to, what items to donate), tell friends and family, make an announcement at school, write letters to editors, or call the local radio stations and ask them to make an announcement. Make sure to post the information on all your social media pages as well.
  5. Deliver your collected supplies. Once your drive is over, call in advance and bring your goods to the shelter.
  6. Ask your shelter if they would like publicity. If so, you can call your local newspapers and TV stations to see if they would like to cover the drive.

Coordinating shelter drives will help support your local animal shelters and keep the animals healthy and stimulated. And 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.


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8:44AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013


7:14AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

We should all contribute to our animal shelters, recently I brought alot of quilts that they cut up and made dog size bedding with it. The time before I picked up their recommended floor & surface cleaners. My sister drops off a few bags of dogfood different times of the year.No matter how small your contribution is, just bring it is, it all adds up, and less they have to purchase.
On your income tax every year you can put your donation on your taxes if you like. So please help in anyway you can, the shelters could really use it. Just go to their internet sites, and you will most likely see their wish lists.


9:01AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013


9:19AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Thank you for the helpful tips and good reminders.

3:03PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

We should all do our part!

6:38AM PST on Mar 2, 2013


3:19PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

they are all little angels...and one day you will find out we need them as much as they need us...their love is unconditional,they are faithfull and loyal...thank you

6:16AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

I really need to do this.

Animal shelters break my heart.

10:42AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Great info. thank you!

3:56PM PST on Feb 9, 2013

Really helpful, thanks for sharing :)

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