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Animal Shelter Etiquette: Toys
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Animal Shelter Etiquette: Toys

Every animal shelter needs toys, especially at the rate the dogs go through them. There's huge variety of toys out there, and the shelter will undoubtedly be happy with whatever you can bring them.

Stuffed Toys

Dogs love stuffed toys, but if you give one to a dog, please go back later and clean up the mess before the kennel attendants have to. There is nothing worse than coming into work in the morning to a kennel with stuffing mixed in with the nights poop. Stuffing cant be rinsed down drains so the kennel attendant has to pick through and seperate all the fuzz out.

You will not be on the attendants good side.

But if you clean up after yourself stuffed toys are great for dogs.

Squeak Toys

Squeak toys are awesome fun! But if its a flimsy one from grocery outlet, just watch that the dog doesn't eat it. Dogs that are stuck in kennels all day have nothing better to do than shred things. Its not their fault they get bored.

Really, any toys you can get, as long as you keep an eye on them is good. Kongs are also allot of fun. You can take about fifty or sixty, fill them with peanut butter or pre-made kong filling and freeze them overnight. then anytime after the attendant has cleaned the kennel pass them out to all the dogs. I say after the attendant has cleaned because if you do it before the attendant will have to pick them up as he/she goes to avoid getting bleach or other cleaners on them. Its good animal shelter etiquette also to grab a few of your fellow volunteers afterwards to pick them back up before the next day.

Not SAFE?

Large cow bones/joints. The dogs absolutely love them, its true. But what typically happens is that they break the bones up into a hundred tiny pieces which then get caught in the drain system the next day no matter how hard the kennel attendant tries to sort through the debris (poop!) to find all the fragments. Then the kennels cant be cleaned because the drains are overflowing and kennel sewage is spilling into the walkways. Not good for the public image of the shelter, or the health of the dogs who have to be in that overflowed row.

So remember to always ask your supervisor/ volunteer coordinator for permission whenever handing out animal bones, thus using proper animal shelter etiquette.

As a side note, anything with a high concentrate of green dye probably isn't a good idea either. It tends to make the clinic staff a little nervous, thinking the dog might have swallowed rat poison.

So cheer up a shelter dogs life with a few presents now and then! You'll both be happier for it.


Street Talk

Johnney  

Nice article. My dogs favorite toy is an empty potato chip bag, go figure. She has tons of store bought toys but her favorite is the potato chip bag, or a plastic water bottle. Those might get a little noisy in the shelter with multiple dogs though. Keep up the good work and thanks for helping the dogs.

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  about 6 years ago

Hey thanks for reading! Yeah, empty bleach bottles are my grandmas dogs favorite. All their fancy toys and an old bleach jug is their favorite.

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  about 6 years ago
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