Spring is known for blooming flowers, heavy rain, and of course — cleaning. Out with the old and in with the new, as they say! Before you rid your home of old items, check to see if they can be of use to your local shelter. That’s right, your “junk” can help animal organizations in need. Take a look at this list of items and see if you can spare them this spring.

Donate Animal Beds

Sometimes an animal outgrows or isn’t very fond of their bed. If this is the case, don’t throw your lightly used beds away. Your local animal and rescue shelters may be able to use them to keep animals cozy and comfy. The information for your local animal shelters and rescue groups can be found easily at PetFinder.com. Call to see what bed styles are accepted.

Donate Toys

Another type of item that you can give to your local animal or rescue shelter is toys! We’ve all bought a toy or two that our animal friend didn’t take an interest in. Don’t feel like you’ve wasted your money. Instead, you can give your lightly used toys to your local shelter to help keep animals entertained as they await their forever homes.

Donate Clean Bath Towels and Linens

Have bath towels that no longer fit your home’s aesthetic? Please, don’t throw them away! Clean bath towels — along with new or gently used blankets, sheets, and pillowcases — are often at the top of shelters’ donation wishlists.

Donate Your Vehicle

If you’re looking to get rid of an old car, truck, RV, or boat, consider donating it! Many organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, use donated vehicles as a resource to help save animals and combat animal cruelty. These donations are also tax-deductible!

Other Items to Donate

That’s not all! Below are a few more items that your animal shelter may be able to use. As always, be sure to check with your local organization to see which items they are currently accepting.

  • Leashes, collars, and harnesses
  • Pet carriers and crates
  • Unused cleaning supplies
  • Trash bags and reusable grocery bags
  • Unopened pet food or baby food
  • Office supplies

We hope this list has inspired you to take a fresh look at the items in your home. If you’ve donated items to help animals before, or if you have other suggestions, let us know in the comments. Happy cleaning!

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