5 Surprising Things Your Local Animal Shelter Needs Right Now

Hint: you’ve probably got them at home

Brooklyn, NY –  July 29, 2010: Kelly Clarke, a volunteer at The Pixie Project–an animal rescue and adoption service based in Portland, OR–would love for you to look around your home and think about what you can spare. “Some people don’t have cash to donate but they have hundreds of other items in their homes that are needed,” says Kelly.

The Pixie Project, along with 250 other animal shelters and nonprofits across the country, have posted their needs on TheGivingEffect.com, a new website that connects donors with local causes that need stuff.

According to TheGivingEffect.com the top five things most local animal shelters need are:

1. Office supplies (computers, printers, fax machines, phones, paper, pens)
2. Cleaning supplies (bleach, laundry detergent, Fantastik, Windex)
3. Blankets, sheets, and towels
4. Miscellaneous items that can be sold to raise money
5. Building supplies (to construct fences, crates, dog runs)

Maybe you’ve thought about dropping some of these things off at the Salvation Army or Goodwill. But here’s an alternative: find a local shelter on The Giving Effect and donate there. Most shelters are 501c3 nonprofits, so you’ll get the same tax write-off that you would elsewhere.

Shelters on TheGivingEffect will also send you a public “thank you” which you can easily post to Facebook and Twitter or email to friends: by spreading the word about your gift you can inspire other animal lovers to support causes you care about.

Visit www.thegivingeffect.com to find animal shelters in your area.

About The Giving Effect

The Giving Effect is the first website to connect donors of in-kind donations (clothes, shoes, food, etc.) directly with the organizations that need their items. The goals of the free website are to dramatically increase public awareness and in-kind donations, to change millions of lives by getting things to people in need, and to do so in the easiest and most fulfilling way for all parties. The Giving Effect is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.

For more information about The Giving Effect, please visit www.thegivingeffect.com