The holiday season is not just about hot chocolate, exorbitant amounts of food, or piles of presents. It's not entirely about watching Christmas movies snuggled in a warm blanket while hugging your dog and your partner and just being cozy and happy. It is also about giving back to the less fortunate, to the ones in need who do not have a warm home and plenty of food in their bowl. As a New Yorker, you must know how hard it is to see all the stray dogs shivering in the winter, looking for their next meal. This holiday season we encourage you to give back to the dogs in need!
Best Friends Animal Society helps to save homeless pets and provide new homes for them. It is located in SoHo, 307 West Broadway, where you can drop off your donations. You can give money which will go to the spay and neuter services and the adoptions program. The organization also needs chew treats, dental sticks, wooly mats, pet beds, leashes, dog food, harnesses, and poop bags.
With two locations in NYC, in Glendale and Freeport, Bobbi and the Strays helps to rescue, foster, and care for homeless animals. They accept donations and they always need clean towels, toys, beds, treats, leashes, collars and harnesses, air-tight containers, dry and canned dog food, as well as sanitizers, stainless steel bowls, poop bags, rubber gloves, and paper towels.
ASPCA is a non-profit organization that helps pets in need and works to stop animal abuse and neglect. They are located on the Upper East Side, and they accept tax-deductible monetary donations as well as bequests from your will, a charitable gift annuity, and holiday honor gifts (sending a holiday card while donating to them). You can also donate your old car to help them pick up animals in need.
The Animal Care Centers of NYC helps find loving homes for abandoned pets and you can help them by donating money or dropping off some of the items on their wish list. They need kennels, doggy toys, interactive dog feeders, clean towels, leashes and collars, wet and dry dog food, and treats. They can also use crate beds, blankets, dental sticks, puppy pads, and poop bags.
Located on 306 East 59th Street, The Humane Society of New York helps injured, ill, and homeless animals in need, and has done so for over 100 years. You can assist them by donating some of the items they always require such as high quality canned or dry dog food, biscuits, towels, blankets, sheets, chew toys, harnesses, puppy pads, and cleaning supplies.
Pets of the Homeless has several donation sites in New York where you can drop off dry and wet dog food, blankets and towels, leashes and harnesses, as well as treats and toys for the less fortunate pups. If you are a vet, you can also volunteer and offer your services to them, to help treat and neuter the homeless doggos.