- Cute leashes, bandannas, and collars--these all help make shelter dogs look like pets, which helps get those animals adopted. See, people (for the most part) are kind of lazy. I don't mean that in a bad way. Think of cute leashes, bandannas, and collars as the animal equivalent to dressing a house for sale. People are more likely to see themselves living in a home that's furnished and well, looks livable. In the same vein, people are more likely to see an animal as a potential family pet if the animal already looks like a pet. Puppies grow out of collars, your taste in leashes changes, and fabric scraps get leftover from sewing projects.
- Cardboard tubes from paper towels or bathroom tissue--great for small mammals to chew and bored kitties to examine.
- Towels, blankets, pillows, and cushions--wash them, but don't worry about stains, rips, or holes. These cushion cats in cages, provide pillows for puppies, dry dirty dogs, and generally help make life in a shelter a little more comfortable.