If you want to support your local animal shelter, make sure you're donating items they actually need versus creating a burden for them. Items like open bags of dog food, old toys, crates, carrying cases, stacks of newspaper and human personal care products like shampoo are not only unwanted, but can cost the shelter money. These items are not needed for rescue animals, and disposing of them cuts into funds and manpower that should be dedicated to helping the animals. If you want to donate, visit your shelter and ask for a shopping list.
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