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Animal Shelter

Being Kind to Animals

I have a cat.

Do I cuddle with my cat?


Why do I have a cat then?

For a business relationship.


Well, we live on the edge of a field which is growing smaller all the time as new housing developments grow near me. As the houses are built, the mice are displaced and try to find somewhere else to live.

Since my house is on the edge of the fields, I dislike housing the now uprooted mice, so I, therefore, I have a cat.

Where did I get my really good mousing cat?

At my local Animal Shelter!

Wanting to do a service with my grandkids, I thought the Shelter would be a perfect choice and called to see if anything could be donated to help them out.



Did you know that some shelters care for more than dogs and cats?

The one in my area has:

  • Goats
  • Chickens
  • Rabbits
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • and other animals too!

The employees at the Animal Shelter were so informative and helpful to talk to when I called and said that I would like to do a family service.

They gave me a list of items needed at a wide price range, which worked well with my budget. 

As a family, we went to the store with our allotted money for this project, the list and shopped.

Here’s the list I was given:

  • Food for the cats, dogs, and other animals
  • Litter or bedding for cages
  • Toys for animals
  • Towels to clean up animalsAnimal Shelter 1

After visiting with the awesome staff and learning about how the animals were cared for at the shelter, the grandkids were allowed to go play with the cats – and boy did they have fun!
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  • I hope you will take this opportunity to contact your local Animal Shelter, ask what their needs are for donations, and take in a few items. 
  • Even just a few dollars worth of items will help out a ton.
  • Maybe you can volunteer, or stay and pet a cat or dog or two who needs a little love when you drop off your donation.

Animal Shelter 3 Additional Information:

Reader Linda wrote in:  My local shelter has turtles, rabbits, birds, mink, ferrets, emus. They could always use old blankets, towels, collars, and leashes. Any sweaters for the skinny or small dogs as they get cold or even freeze easy.

Blogger Pam suggested:  They are always looking for volunteers too. A couple of things we like to donate, that most people won’t necessarily think about are paper towels, plastic gloves, hand sanitizer and hand soap. Also, gift cards to places like Tar­get, Wal­mart, and Petco are awe­some too.

Blogger Diane added to the list above:  old blankets  

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015. 2017

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  • Carrie, I love your Kindness series. This is such a wonderful thing to teach children. And to teach by example. Thanks so much for sharing. (I tweeted this.)

    • Tasha says:

      I agree! What a wonderful way to teach children kindness. They will grow up to be responsible, caring adults because of it. We need a lot more of this kind of (grand) parenting in today’s society for sure!!

  • Helping a animal shelter is a great idea. Animal shelters are always in need of help and supplies. The animal shelter we got our lab from always need old blankets, etc.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you so much for writing this! Our very good friend owns an animal shelter and we try to help her out as much as possible. Most shelters are nonprofits and rely on the community to help them out.. Like you said, it doesn’t cost a whole lot or take much time. They are always looking for volunteers too. A couple things we like to donate, that most people won’t necessarily think about are paper towels, plastic gloves, hand sanitizer and hand soap. Also gift cards to places like Target, Walmart and Petco are awesome too. So glad you were able to help the one in your area!

  • Jennifer says:

    Our lovely little kitty, Mary, came from the Humane Society. She was a 9-month-old stray and she has turned out to be the perfect little family member. Great post! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop (


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