Human Foods You Can Donate To Animal Shelters – Don’t Throw That Out!

Disturbing Lab Results Prove Top Dog andWe’ve all been there… you think you’ll finish those leftovers in the fridge only to end up feeling guilty when they spoil and go to waste once again. Or when you’re going out of town and know the food will be spoiled when you get home, but you aren’t sure who to give it to. Friends? Homeless shelter? What about the homeless pets at the animal shelter! The shelters actually need your leftovers, and you may never guess just how many items you can donate to them. 

- Peanut Butter -

DSC07198Shelters can’t get enough of this stuff! Whether it’s filling Kongs to keep pups occupied for the night in their crates or administering pill medication, shelters need as much peanut butter as you can give them!

DSC07210However: when purchasing or donating peanut butter for dogs, make sure it doesn’t have poisonous xylitol in it.

- Cheese -

cheeseHave you ever met a dog that doesn’t like cheese? Me either! Shelters love having it on hand as a quick treat for the dogs, and they love it of course! If you have a few uneaten packages in the fridge, or your family didn’t care for the new brand you tried, do yourself and the dogs a favor and donate to a hungry pup!

- Baby Food -

Jem thought the baby food pack made a great chew toy!

Jem thought the baby food pack made a great chew toy!

Baby food is always in demand at shelters. Have you met a dog recently that loves to eat dry dog food without a little wet food added in for flavor? Because my dogs certainly won’t! They’ve trained me to realize that they would rather starve before they eat dry food without wet food added. Baby food is a relatively easy thing to donate, and a perfect way for you to rid your pantry of old jars you’ll never use. Dogs love it!

- Canned Tuna -

Zoey and Jem aren't wild about the idea of eating tuna...

Zoey and Jem aren’t wild about the idea of eating tuna…

When I hear “tuna” cats are the first thing I think of! They can’t get enough of it, and I can bet that most of us have a few cans in the pantry that we had high-hopes for at some point but never ended up using. 

- Hot Dogs -

Halloween 2013!

Halloween 2013!

Shelters love to cut them up and use them as treats for the dogs. And what tastes better to a dog than a hot dog?! They’re practically named after pups. 


- Veggies -

DSC07041With the dogs eating so much dry and canned food, this may surprise you. Munchable veggies like carrots are awesome for dogs! Veggies like onions are toxic to dogs. Our family gets a big box of fresh organic veggies from a local farm every week, and we have never been able to eat it all because there’s so much! The animal shelter is an awesome place to bring the leftovers rather than letting the veggies sit in the fridge and go to waste. 

Dogs Can’t Eat Everything We Can

I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of times before, but dogs can’t digest all of the human foods that we can. For your dog’s sake and all of the dogs at the shelters that you’ll be donating food to, read our blog post on common foods that are toxic to dogs before you show up at the shelter with a box of avacados! 


Can you think of any other human foods the animals at the shelter would love? Or have you ever donated your food to the shelter?

“Walk for a Dog” App Donates To Animal Shelters Every Time You Walk Your Dog

335,000 miles and counting. That’s how far thousands of people and their dogs in all 50 states have walked to help raise money for animal rescues and shelters at no cost to them thanks to the Walk for a Dog app from WoofTrax.

For those of us who care so deeply about the helpless animals that are sitting in shelters but can’t afford to budget the extra cash to donate, there’s finally an app that easily relieves us of this stress! All you have to do is download the Walk for a Dog app, take your phone with you on the walk, press “start”, and watch as you raise money with every step! The app automatically finds the shelter closest to you, but you can change your choice of shelters as many times as you want. Donations range from 11-25 cents per mile, but the more people that use the app the more WoofTrax can donate!

The animals in shelters are depending on us, and all we have to do to help them is tell our family and friends about this amazing program. The money WoofTrax donates to animal shelters comes from sponsorships, advertising, and investors. As the number of people that use the app increases, the number of investors and advertisements increases which means more money going to the shelters! Let’s do our part to spread the word to all of our friends and our local shelters so they can help promote it as well. The shelters already receiving donations:

If you or your friends are dog lovers but not dog owners, you can still use this app to show support by walking the dogs at your local shelter by choosing the “Walk for Cassie” option or create your virtual dream dog on the app as your walking companion!

We can all make a huge difference by using and promoting this app, and all we have to do is simply take walks with our best friend– free of charge! I can’t imagine going on another walk with Zoey and Jem without using this app and will feel so great knowing we have saved shelter pets by simply adding one extra step to our daily walk routine.

See what people are saying about Walk for a Dog:

“I downloaded the Walk for a Dog app and used it today for the first time. Great to know that just by doing what I do every day, walking my dog, I can help the dogs at the Monmouth County SPCA. It’s also good to know how much I am walking – close to my first mile!” – Lynne, New Jersey