Animal Care & Control
Youth Involvement Projects
You must be 18 years of
age to volunteer at our
agency. However, there
are other ways that you
can help the animals in
your community. Here are
some ideas to help you
get started. NOTE: Items
marked with an asterisk
(*) are especially needed.
Cat Litter or
The shelter can always
use donations of cat litter or small bags of newspaper (no glossy ads – they are
too slippery for the cats) to line the cages.
Donations of kitten, puppy, cat, and dog food (wet and dry) are always appreciated!
In addition, *puppy and *kitten formulas (you can buy these from a pet store) are
always helpful so that staff can foster young animals that have no mother.
You can collect bags or boxes of dog biscuits and cat treats or better yet you can
bake your own and wrap them up as a gift. *(If your school has a home economics
class you can ask the teacher for permission to have students make treats for the
homeless animals – just make sure all the ingredients are pet friendly!)
Towel and Blanket Drive
Shelter animals enjoy cuddling with *blankets and *towels. They are also used at
the shelter to dry the animals after they receive a bath.
When someone adopts a pet from the shelter they can be given a new (donated) toy
to take home with their pet. You can help by setting up a collection point for toy
donations (i.e. supermarkets, pet stores, etc.) and then bringing them to the shelter.
You can also gift wrap these toys and write a note “from the animals” to the new
You can set up collection points in your classroom and around your school. If every
person donates just a penny you can raise hundreds of dollars to donate to the shelter!
Aluminum Can Drive
You can collect aluminum cans and donate the money you receive to your local animal
shelter. This is a great project because not only do you help the homeless animals,
but you benefit the environment at the same time!
Host a Donation Drive such
as a Walk-A-Thon, Car Wash,
or a School Dance and donate
the proceeds to the animal
For more information, please
call our Volunteer Coordinator
at (800) 472-5609.