3. Pet Food
Shelters go through a lot of pet food every day; it becomes even more urgent when the number of animals under their care explodes during natural disasters. If possible, call the animal shelter before bringing your pet food donations. While it’s unlikely they will refuse a generous donation, some shelters have preferences because their animals have grown accustomed to a certain food type or brand.
Did you know some pet food manufacturers do their part too and coordinate with animal shelters during natural disasters to lend a helping hand? “[The Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region] had a lot of help from Hill’s Science Diet during our last two fires,” says Borremans. “They were able to provide a lot of dog and cat food for us, for which we were very thankful.”