Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blanket-and-Bed Time at Yonkers Animal Shelter


39 BEDS are confirmed as purchased or pledged!!

Thank you to anyone who helped in this effort. I cannot tell you how much it means to those dogs.  The volunteer who organized this effort said she saw the new beds being put out, and the dogs were jumping up and down at being given something new, and sniffing, and wagging their tales.

We still need 5 more for the dogs in runs (that is, indoor/outdoor concrete areas), but with your help we're getting there.  Here is the updated link to a new kind of bed, for the dogs that like to chew or destroy out of boredom (these beds are practically indestructable), and we use them for dogs that can't handle the nicer heavy-duty cloth on the Kuranda beds in the previous link.

Thank you!! You have made the holidays a little brighter for a lot of little souls!

Occasionally I post something about Yonkers Animal Shelter, which is the place where I walk dogs on the weekends. Mostly we have pitbulls and I've learned, like many people, what a maligned breed they are. Fortunately it is a low kill shelter, so not only is that obviously good for the dogs, but we have a honest chance to socialize the would-be pets so they are more adoptable. It works! We get numerous dogs adopted each month. Just recently a dog I was worried about, Fido, whose picture I've posted in the left hand column, was adopted. Same with Patchy Patch, Tatey Tate, and Female Oreo (we had a girl-Oreo and a boy-Oreo, both black and white!) whose pictures also appeared. These were all favorites of mine and the other volunteers. Actually they are all our favorites, but never mind that.

You can drop off blankets, toys,  and food to the shelter any time and many people do. Here's an assistant principal who organized a week-long food drive in his school. We were so grateful! That donated food alleviates what the City has to pay and that means less pressure fiscally, which means more dogs stay alive longer.

On a related note, it's cold here in New York and that means it's the time of the year when we start to have blanket drives. This year, I'm happy to report that even if you don't live in the area you can be helpful.  The beds in this link are great because they are high enough off the ground that the dog stays warm, dry, comfortable, and -- they are the most durable beds on the market, bar none!  The best to order are either the standard 40 x 25 or the aluminum 40 x 25 which fit best into the dog runs.

Please consider buying a bed and donating it to the shelter. You just have to click this link and the bed you buy will go to a dog at Yonkers Animal Shelter.  It's an unglamorous place, to be sure, but one where the dogs get a great deal of love, attention, plenty of treats (and food), and many people looking after them. We are just a municipal shelter, so spending any money on nicer beds is a tough case to make. I've bought one of these for two senior dogs we house together and it's held up really well. (They are the shelter's unofficial mascots, Debbie and George, and they literally are like two old people). FYI -- the bed they are on in this picture taken outside is not the one I bought; that was just to keep the rickety old people comfortable while they sunned themselves.)

So if you live in the NY, NY area, please look around your house for sheets, blankets, towels, comforters, pillows, even tablecloths, and bring them in.  If you are not in the area, please consider buying a bed for a dog this holiday season.