If you want to support your local animal shelter, make sure you're donating items they actually need instead of creating a burden for them. Items like an open bags of dog food, old toys, human personal care products like shampoo, crates and carrying cases and even stacks of newspaper are not only unwanted, they can cost the shelter money. These items are not needed, and the shelters are forced to dispose of them. The time it takes to throw away these items costs money and manpower, which can be used to help animals. If you want to donate, visit your shelter and ask for a shopping list.