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How to Organize a Shelter Drive
Millions of animals enter animal shelters each year. One way to make sure they all have a good life while waiting to be adopted is to hold a supply drive for your local shelter. Local shelters often need supplies, and people of all ages have the ability to hold a drive. Commonly needed items are food (some shelters only accept a certain brand), toys, beds, towels, and office supplies.
Here are some tips for planning a successful supply drive:
Find out what is needed. Give the shelters a call to see what they are in
need of or check their website--shelters often have a list of needed supplies
Find drop off locations for the supplies. Good places are your school, community center, grocery stores, pet stores, vet offices, and churches.
Decorate large boxes and leave them in the places you choose. Make sure to obtain permission from the person in charge before leaving a box.
Promote your supply drive. If you want your drive to be a success, it is important to advertise it. Make posters with all the needed information (date, location, which shelter is being donated to, what items to donate), tell friends and family, make an announcement at school, write letters to editors, or call the local radio stations and ask them to make an announcement. Make sure to post the information on all your social media pages as well.
Deliver your collected supplies. Once your drive is over, call in advance and bring your goods to the shelter.
Ask your shelter if they would like publicity. If so, you can call your
local newspapers and TV stations to see if they would like to cover the