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This National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, give thanks to your local shelter!

This week is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, a time to express our gratitude to those who care for homeless pets and help them to find forever homes. If you’re looking for ways to say thank you this week, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few suggestions that can really make a difference at your local shelter.

 

Volunteer your time

Often there is a myriad of volunteering options available at local pet shelters, with jobs from administration to dog walking and everything in between. Each shelter is different in their requirements and time commitments, but if you do have the time to give, volunteering is one of the best ways to give your local shelter a boost. Who doesn’t want to spend a day surrounded by pups and kitties?

Donate

Since shelters are non-profit organizations, they are often strapped for resources. This doesn’t mean you need to break out your checkbook (though if you have the means, that is definitely an option)! Shelters often need even basic items like plastic bags.

Here are a few other recommendations:

  • Blankets – not only are blankets helpful in keeping pets warm and cozy, but shelters often use blankets to help transition adopted pets into their new homes. The familiar scent of the blanket calms many pups and kittens and helps to make their new home feel more familiar.
  • Pet food – healthy food can sometimes be in short supply in shelters, but shelter pets are much more adoptable after they have been fed a nutritious diet. Just remember, if you’re bringing Freshpet, ensure the shelter has the means to keep the food refrigerated.
  • Treats – shelter pets deserve a special treat, but often these are overlooked in food donations. Treats are also extremely useful in training pooches, which can help speed along the adoption process.

 

Get creative

We work with quite a few pet shelters here at Freshpet, and we’re constantly amazed by the great ideas people come up with to gather donations! Consider hosting a bake sale or garage sale for your local shelter, and donating the proceeds.

 

Say it simply

A simple “thank you” goes a long way, and that applies to your local shelter as well. Whether it’s dropping by with a homemade card, or some Dog Joy Ready to Bake cookies (and maybe a few human cookies, too), your shelter will appreciate the gesture.

 

Support those affected by Sandy

Many pet shelters in the areas of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey are suffering in the aftermath of Sandy. Consider donating time, money, or goods to shelters in the area- many are currently using Facebook to put out requests. Or, donate directly to the Humane Society Disaster relief fund here.

 

To keep up with the work that Freshpet is doing to give back to shelters and rescues, visit us on our website!

 

 

Have You Spotted the Freshpet Food Truck?

Deuce and the Freshpet Food Truck Picture - Picture of the Freshpet Food Truck

Deuce drove the Freshpet food truck. Not too fast or the dogs on top will start whining!

Anyone who’s ever watched a food show on TV can tell you that food trucks are a very hot trend right now. The Freshpet Food Truck has tongues (and tails) wagging all over New York City. It’s the first food truck for dogs! It travels all over and introduces Freshpet fresh dog food to New York’s best friends.

We go to adoption events and help out local shelters with food donations, too. We know those adoptable dogs have been through a lot, so giving them some fresh, healthy dog food is the least we can do!

The truck has a counter that invites big dogs to “paw up to the bar,” a doggie door for smaller dogs and schoolbus-style signs that pop out and invite dogs to “paws” for a minute.

The pack of dogs on top looks so real that people on the sidewalk stop and stare. Drivers honk and wave while tourists take pictures.

The Freshpet Food Truck has its own Twitter account (@FreshpetTruck) so New Yorkers can find it on its appointed rounds. Sometimes Deuce even makes an appearance! Follow us and come out and introduce yourself while your dog tries fresh dog food. We’d love to meet you.

Do you want the Freshpet Food Truck to come to your event? Drop us an email at online@Freshpet.com.