A Shelter Drive-By

11-16-12IH4TH logoThis time of year, my company is deep into Iams Home 4 the Holidays. This is the 14th year that we’ve partnered with Mike Arms and the Helen Woodward Animal Center to help get orphaned pets adopted and into furever homes–our goal this year is 1.2 million pets!

So right now a big focus of my work life is looking for ways to help get more orphaned pets adopted. And that makes me look for ways I can help in my personal life. And I’m really excited about an idea from Dr. V of Pawcurious: A shelter drive-by.

What’s a shelter drive-by?

11-16-12papertowelIt’s so simple! I had to go to my local warehouse store today. Before I left, I took a look at the wish list on the Greater Dayton Humane Society’s web site. Among the listed items was paper towels and paper bowls–perfect items to purchase from a warehouse store! Which is exactly what I did–along with all the rest of the things on my list. And on the way home, I dropped the paper towels and paper bowls off at the shelter. So incredibly easy! What a difference we could make by doing a simple shelter drive-by once or twice a month!

Take action!

So here’s my challenge to you: Next week, Thanksgiving begins the madness that is the holidays. Start a new tradition for the holidays that you can carry into the new year. Establish the habit of looking at the wish list of your favorite shelter or rescue. And once a month, do a shelter drive-by when you do your grocery shopping. If your finances are in good shape, do it twice a month. If we all do it, our shelters can take the money they would have used for supplies and use it for more worthy things–like saving more animals! Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?


3 thoughts on “A Shelter Drive-By

  1. Christie

    Awesome! I was definitely thinking that a Sam’s Club membership would be perfect for this type of thing. My shelter could definitely use a huge thing of laundry detergent!

    Christie from lifewithbeagle.com

  2. Carma Poodale

    People don’t understand how appreciative shelters are with “shelter drive bys” Most shelters have a limited budget and they don’t have the extra’s such as raw hides, kitty toys , extra cleaners etc. and when someone brings it in the shelter staff and volunteers jump for joy.

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