Local animal shelters are always in need of financial donations and volunteers to help find forever homes for the many animals they bring in. If you can’t donate money or time, the next best thing is to donate things they need. Collect newspapers and shredded paper from your office, which the shelters use to line cages. But many don’t accept shredded paper that has gone through the new machines that shred paper into tiny, confetti-style pieces instead of long strands. Most shelters do not want old T-shirts, pillowcases, sheets and towels; those items becomes trash and more work when they are donated.