Updated: Nov 11, 2018
In shelters, comfortable pets are happy pets, and happy pets are more likely to be adopted. Make a difference by donating a pet blanket to the Riverside Animal Shelter, San Jacinto Animal Valley Campus.
Not everyone can adopt a pet from a shelter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help out shelter animals by donating old blankets and towels. Most animal shelters don’t have enough money to buy comfort items like blankets and toys, so many animals suffer from exposure and stress. Read on to learn how you can help make the lives of these animals better.
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Most pets that arrive at shelters and rescues are frightened in their new surroundings…and sadly, many are forced to sit and sleep on hard cement floors and go without warmth during cold weather, since shelters and rescues don’t normally have the budget to supply soft, warm bedding.
The Compassion Action Institute in New York City did a study and determined that shelter animals given blankets and comforters feel more relaxed, happy and secure in their surroundings…and of course, being more comfortable increases their chances of being adopted.
Shelters can go through hundreds of blankets and towels each month and depend on donations from the public–so here is where you come in.
How You Can Help!
Gather up any extra blankets, towels, sheets and pet beds in decent condition that you are no longer using and drop them off at the Drop off location below:
San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus
581 South Grand Ave
San Jacinto CA 92583
If you are not in the Riverside, California area, check online to see if there is an organization in your area that is specifically dedicated to collecting blankets and other pet bedding for local shelters and rescues.
If you have children, run a youth group or teach young children, suggest they organize a community blanket drive and collect blankets, comforters, sheets and towels for the local animal shelters and rescues. It’s fun for kids–and a very rewarding project.
If you aren't able to physically donate a blanket but would like to help provide blankets for homeless pets in our community, please make a donation through Operation Empty Cages and please note “blanket drive” in comments.