How to Donate Blankets and Towels to Animal Shelters

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How to Donate Blankets and Towels to Animal Shelters
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Animal shelters and pet rescues are almost always in need of donated supplies for their animals. If you have blankets and towels that you no longer want or need, contact your local animal shelter or animal rescue by phone or in person and ask them when and where to drop off the items.

Learn What To Donate

Call your local animal shelter or pet rescue to find out exactly what types of blankets and towels they are accepting as donations. Most organizations are not picky about donations, but some do require that blankets are not stuffed with any type of padding. An example of this type of blanket would be a down comforter.

Wash all of the items you plan on donating prior to the donation. Animal shelters usually request that donation items be clean when they arrive.

Making a Donation

If you are unsure as to whether an organization accepts donations, animal shelters and rescues are normally more than happy to provide you with the information you need. Call the organization you want to donate to and find out when exactly they are willing to accept donations as well as where those donations need to be dropped off. Most animal shelters and charitable rescues that are open to the public will accept donations at any time during normal business hours. If the organization is not regularly open to the public, call them and schedule an appointment to drop off your donation.


If you want to be given a tax deduction for your donation, you will need to make sure that the organization in question is a legitimate non-profit and get a receipt for your donation. Most organizations will readily provide you with a donation receipt.

Some shelters may have donation information available online as well.


Some organizations may also be interested in bath rugs that have rubber backings. The rugs can be used to line the cages of older, arthritic animals to help provide additional traction and comfort.