When provided with a comfort item like a blanket, the animals snuggle in and visibly relax, seeming to feel safer and more secure and warm. No longer shaking, tails begin to wag and ears perk up. When an animal appears in a home-like setting, their chance for adoption and survival increases dramatically.
We provide aid and comfort to homeless animals in shelter, rescues, homeless people with their pets, low income seniors with pets, veterans with pets and wildlife sanctuaries.
We URGENTLY need new and gently used:
- Blankets, Pet Beds and Towels
- Collars, Leashes and Harnesses
- Stainless Steel Bowls
- Crates, Carriers, Cat Trees and Dog Igloos
- Shampoo and Other Grooming Supplies
- Dog Clothes
- And CRITICALLY Needed Dog and Cat Food and Treats
These items are needed every day.
Shelters have NO budget for any comfort items!
What happens when a homeless animal is dumped into a shelter?
Homeless dogs and cats come from a variety of situations. Some are abused, abandoned, sick or dying. They are miserable, frightened and lonely. They sit and sleep on hard, cold cement floors, cowering in corners, shivering in dingy cages with steel bars 24 hours a day. The cats sit in cramped wired cages with just newspapers beneath them.
The only problem is that they don’t have the needed comfort items to alleviate the stress created when an animal is isolated and confined. A soft item keeps them off the ground, insulating them from drafty, cold floors, while cushioning joints and providing each animal its own space. Even well-adjusted animals are stressed in a shelter. And if caged for any length of time, a once happy, well-adjusted animal spirals down into depression, anxiety, despair and dejection, making them a poor candidate for adoption.
What could it mean? In some instances, life or death.
Most homeless animals have been traumatized. Sadly, once inside a shelter or rescue facility, their trauma may not easily subside. Dogs may end up sleeping on cold, hard cement floors; cats may end up confined in wire cages. At overcrowded shelters, animals live in outdoor kennels, exposed to the elements. In these environments, animals are typically stressed, which can compromise their immune systems.
Studies show and experts agree that shelter animals with blankets and comfort items make them calm, feel safe and secure, warm and comfortable and are happier. The potential adopter can picture them in their home. This increases their chance for adoption which helps to save lives!!