We’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 -
Shelters 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!
However: when purchasing or donating peanut butter for dogs, make sure it doesn’t have poisonous xylitol in it.
- Cheese -
Have 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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
With 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?