Category Archives: Good Giving

5 Ways to Help During Kitten Season

They're cute, they're fluffy, they're funny... and there are 70,000 puppies and kittens born EVERY DAY (compared to 10,000 new humans arriving each day) in America. That's nutty.

Image result for kittens outsideSince a kitten can have kittens of her own at 4 months (4 months!) she can produce as many as 100 kittens in her lifetime.

Despite the Crazy Cat Ladies of this world (unite!) there are just not enough homes for that many kitties, so we have to help them.

  • Make sure your own cats are spayed or neutered (of course).
  • Help trap community caps for trap-neuter-return. 
  • Foster kittens!
  • Have a kitten shower to collect supplies for local organizations taking in these babies. 
  • Share adoptable kitties on social media channels to find as many good homes as possible. 



50 Ways to Help Homeless Animals

puppytHelp them stay out of the shelter in the first place!

  1. Spay and neuter (or fundraise for spay/neuter programs.)
  2. Trap, neuter, return (TNR) feral kitties.
  3. Support your local pet food pantry. You might be surprised who comes to them for help.
  4. Volunteer for (or start) an AniMeals program in your community.
  5. Pitch in at a fencing project so a dog that was on a chain can be safe (and one step closer to indoors.)
  6. Volunteer at a community wellness clinic for pets.
  7. Visit an elementary classroom and talk to young people about being a good friend to animals. Kindness starts early.
    Use Your Talents!
  8. If you can sew, quilt, crochet, knit or even braid, make beds and blankets for homeless animals.
  9.  Good with a hammer and saw? Build a house for cats, paint a dog house or help create a canine obstacle course.
  10.  Offer to take flattering photos of adoptable pets.
  11. Invite your pals over for a cat scratch party. Gather carpet scraps and wood (or whatever tickles your cat fancy) and donate the results.

    1603e7_4536a06b3bd2411caf817ea846adc564Give Your Time

  12. Are you in communications? Write a press release or an opinion piece or a newspaper article about your favorite shelter or rescue.
    Give Your Time
  13. Volunteer to walk, pet, read to or play with animals.
  14. Offer to clean kennels. It’s not fun, but someone has to do it. A clean environment makes for happier, healthier pets.
  15. Help train adoptable pups. A dog that already knows basic commands is going to the more desirable option for families!
  16. Spruce it up! Round up friends of coworkers and offer to have a makeover day. Clean, paint, show off your best handyperson skills.
  17. There are so many small but important tasks to handle that don’t require special knowledge. Pack goodie bags. Make copies. Answer simple email questions. Take down phone messages. Move food. Do laundry. Two hours to you could be life-saving for them. Just ask!
  18. Make kitty safe houses for strays and feral cats. One of the greatest needs for rescues, is people who will regularly help at adoption events. Committing to once a month (or more) means less time spent training for the organization and more confidence for you.
  19. One of the greatest needs for rescues, is people who will regularly help at adoption events. Committing to once a month (or more) means less time spent training for the organization and more confidence for you.

    Collect Stuff

  20. Organize a drive in your school, job, church or neighborhood to collect pet food, blankets, and other supplies.
  21. Give a portion (or all) of the proceeds of your next yard or garage sale to your favorite group.
  22. Ask your employer if you can put out a collection jar. You can even have a competition between departments, floors or ‘friendly’ companies.
  23. See if your company does a match program. Many companies will match their employee’s cash donations – and sometimes time – to a nonprofit.
  24. Partner with a local restaurant to plan and host a ‘foodraiser’ where a percent of revenue, or tips, are donated.
  25. Some grocery stores (and Amazon) will give money to your favorite nonprofit when you shop with them. Does yours?
  26. Jeans day event at work. Talk to your boss to allow employees to wear jeans for a cost, donate that money to a local shelter or rescue.
  27. Fund raise with a bake sale. Work with your neighborhood school or your child’s PTO to organize a bake sale to benefit homeless pets in your community. This is a great way to educate children on the topic, create community buzz around available pets, and help provide funding to the animal organizations that need it most.

    dogDo It From Home

  28. Foster a mama dog and her puppies. Nobody wants to have their babies in a scary shelter! Plus, puppies!
  29. Bottle feed newborn kittens. Sometimes these babies end up without their mom and they need a bit of extra care.
  30. Educate. Share your knowledge – politely, and when asked (of course). Explain why spay and neuter is important, why microchips are lifesaving, why heartworm prevention is so important, why dogs need to be socialized and why kitties are healthier when they live indoors.
  31. Distribute flyers for low-cost spay and neuter programs to residents in low-income neighborhoods.
  32. Challenge a senior community or church group to craft pet beds to donate to shelters.
  33. When you replace your gently used leash and collars, donate them.
  34. If you’re changing your bedroom décor, give old comforters and blankets to the animals.
  35. Gather all those single socks, fill them with empty plastic water bottles and give them to your local shelter. Dogs love to crunch them!

    Do It Online

  36. Ask local grocery or box stores if they’ll donate ripped bags of pet food which you can then collect monthly and deliver to pantries in the area.
  37. Thank the people who do the daily work. A simple “thanks for all you do!” on a Facebook page can do wonders on a hard day.
  38. Share an adoptable pet on social media. We’d all love to have time and resources for unlimited dogs and cats, but the reality is we don’t. That doesn’t mean you can’t share. You never know which of your friends might be looking to add to the family.
    Give From Your Heart
  39. A post with a lot of ‘likes’ is judged to be ‘valuable’ by Facebook’s algorithms so don’t feel bad liking!
  40. Every dollar counts. If you don’t have much in the way of extra funds, collect recyclables and return for cash, then donate.
  41. Save your change and every quarter convert it to bills to donate.
  42. We all know a cat’s favorite toy is the nearest box, but they like balls and toy mice too. Consider picking some up at the dollar store.
  43. Buy BOGO Bowl and feed a homeless dog or cat without any extra time or cost on your part. Easy peasy!
  44. Support pet-friendly businesses. Many companies try to help by contributing items to fundraisers or collecting donations.
  45. Give an adoption gift certificate to a friend looking for a new pet!
  46. Sponsor a pet – especially an animal that will need to stay longer such as a senior or a medical case.

    Road Trip

  47. Drop off new water or food bowls.
  48. Like to drive? Sometimes an adoptable animal is in one place and his new family is another (like BOGO Bowl dog Chance who came to Des Moines from Topeka). Offer to drive a leg of a transport!
  49. You don’t have to drive long distances to help on transports. Some legs are just an hour or two!
    There’s even a group that transports dogs in privately-owned small planes. Have one?
    Money isn't everything
  50. Be a good role model. Show the world how animals should be treated. You never know who’s watching!

    And of course...Image result for dog in a shelter cage holding hand

  51. Well, duh. Adopt!


These are the perfect gift for the dog or cat who has everything. They get:

  • A bag of super-premium, all natural BOGO Bowl cat or dog food in the formula of your choice. (Small dog is 5 pounds, large dog is 20 pounds; small cat is 5 pounds, large cat is two 5 pound bags)
  • A Crunchkins printed holiday rawhide for your canine companions, or a Crunchkins kitty card with a fuzzy toy.
  • For our dog pals, a bag of Smartcookee treats in PB&J, The Great Pumpkin, or I Yam What I Yam flavor.
  • Four our kitty friends, two additional toys - a ball and a mouse, or two balls, or two mice, in your choice of colors (green, red, blue, purple).
  • For our dog buddies, your choice of a penguin, cow or pig stuffy from PrideBites

Here's where it gets really great! For each holiday package sold,  we will give a matching bag of food to an at-risk animal so their holidays can be brighter. THAT MAKES GIVING TWICE AS NICE!

Who would love these?

Your boss, neighbor, teacher, minister, wine club hostess, mom, dad, cousin Alma, nephew George, old college roommate, mailman, UPS person, your customers, "crazy cat lady" friend, "foster failure" friend, hairdresser, nail professional, masseuse, chiropractor, networking club friend, Secret Santa pal, quilt club buddy, the kid who mows your lawn/scoops your snow, your Realtor, your landlord, your tenants, your favorite chef or foodie, your pals at the dog park, the staff at doggie daycare or the groomer, your accountant, your attorney, your interns, your staff, your team mates, your gym mates, your "man who has everything"... or anyone else you care about and want to share with this holiday season.

To order your custom package for your favorite dog or cat email

Dog Holiday Basket

Small = $34.99 + $5.99 shipping, delivers your choice of five pound bag of BOGO Bowl dog food and treat formulas and choice of toy style.
Large - $75, free shipping to your door for your choice of twenty pound bag of BOGO Bowl dog food and treat formulas and choice of toy style.

Cat Holiday Basket

Small - $23.99 + $5.99 shipping delivers your choice of five pound bag of BOGO Bowl cat food and choice of 2 toys, plus Crunchkins holiday kitty card.
Large - $46 with free shipping brings your choice of two five pound bags of BOGO Bowl cat food and choice of 2 toys, plus Crunchkins holiday kitty card.