We Urgently Need New & Clean, Gently Used:
Blankets and Pet Beds
Collars, Leashes and Harnesses
Stainless Steel Bowls
Crates and Carriers
Cat Trees and Litter
Dog and Cat Food and Treats
A comfort item like a blanket helps a homeless animal feel safe and warm, making them visibly relaxed. No longer shaking, tails begin to wag and ears perk up. When an animal appears in a home-like setting, their chance for adoption and survival increases dramatically.
What happens when a homeless animal is dumped into a shelter?
Homeless dogs and cats come from a variety of situations. Some are abused, abandoned, sick or dying. They are miserable, frightened and lonely. They sit and sleep on hard, cold cement floors, cowering in corners, shivering in dingy cages with steel bars 24 hours a day. The cats sit in cramped wired cages with just newspapers beneath them.
The only problem is that they don't have the needed comfort items to alleviate the stress created when an animal is isolated and confined. A soft item keeps them off the ground, insulating them from drafty, cold floors, while cushioning joints and providing each animal its own space. Even well-adjusted animals are stressed in a shelter. And if caged for any length of time, a once happy, well-adjusted animal spirals down into depression, anxiety, despair and dejection, making them a poor candidate for adoption.
By donating a blanket, you actually save two lives: One life when an animal is adopted and another life when that vacancy in the shelter makes room for another homeless animal.
What could it mean? In some instances, life or death.
Most homeless animals have been traumatized. Sadly, once inside a shelter or rescue facility, their trauma may not easily subside. Dogs may end up sleeping on cold, hard cement floors; cats may end up confined in wire cages. At overcrowded shelters, animals live in outdoor kennels, exposed to the elements. In these environments, animals are typically stressed, which can compromise their immune systems.
Studies show and experts agree that shelter animals with blankets and comfort items make them calm, feel safe and secure, warm and comfortable and are happier. The potential adopter can picture them in their home. This increases their chance for adoption which helps to save lives!!
How are your donations used?
Blankets and Comforters
- To provide warmth, a sense of safety and security, giving the animals the ability to be comfortable and relax.
- To keep the animals off the floor, insulating them from drafty, cold floors, while cushioning joints and providing each animal its own space.
- Animal Control officers wrap donated blankets around abused or sick stray animals for transportation to shelters.
- Comforters are used for sick or injured animals, before and after surgery.
- Bedding and in crates
- Birthing moms and their babies (puppies and kittens)
- Wiping down kennels and medical equipment
- Toys help lonely and bored animals get through the day
OBOL is Green Friendly
Recycled towels, bedding, and toys keep useful items out of landfills and help animals in need.