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Ed’s Corner: Will You Coupon for Animals?

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 5:00pm

Are you a bargain shopper extraordinaire? If so, have I got an idea for you! How about putting your shopping prowess to the test by purchasing supplies for homeless animals?

Animal shelters and rescue groups often have a need for pet food, toys, pet care supplies (leashes, collars, litter and litter boxes), bedding and operational supplies (cleaning products, garbage bags, newspapers, paper towels and office supplies). The recipient organizations can then use funds that otherwise would have been allocated to supplies for expenses such as veterinary care. Not all of these items always have to be new: Shelters are often very grateful for towels and sheets that are gently used, but clean.

Since organizations have varying needs, it’s always best to check with your local animal shelter or rescue group first to see what types of things they can use. For example, many shelters prefer to give the animals in their care the same food on a regular basis and might not have storage capacity to accept food they do not use, or they might only use environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Often this information is posted on their website, but, if not, a quick phone call can let you know whether the shelter welcomes specific items.

If you are an Extreme Couponer—or a seasoned coupon-clipper—and you decide to use your shopping expertise to help homeless animals, please share your pictures with us! Take photos of your shopping trip, the items you purchased, and the moment you arrived at the animal shelter to present your donation. Submissions will be accepted through this tab on the ASPCA's Facebook page through June 1. We’ll also be taking to our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages, and our blog, to feature how much you’ve donated and show the country your generosity. The top five submissions will receive a special oversized ASPCA shopping tote full of swag.

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I recently read that the Houston, TX ASPCA Shelter kills all pitbulls and pitbull mixes. Is this true? Is this the standard policy of all ASPCA Shelters or does the Houston Shelter act alone? I will no longer support the ASPCA if they do indeed practice breed discrimination and are actually killing adoptable dogs. I would appreciate hearing back from you on this matter.

Sincerely,

Nancy Krohn
Bluff Country Canine Rescue
Houston, MN

Lan Tran

YES they do...they euthanize cats too by the boat loads

John C.

The question would be, are there enough prospective owners who specifically want Pit Bulls ?. For instance, in Los Angeles, many people want Chihuahuas, but few adopt Masiffs. Simply easier to care for. The problem is that people breed pit bulls like mad in urban areas , and then there aren't enough people who want to adopt. You can't force someone to adopt a certain breed. The dog loses.

Stephanie Ziegler

That is a wonderful thing to blog about. My BF is an extreme couponer (as extreme that we can get with our store guidlines). We got a list from the vet of the products they need and they USE (because they use specific brand names, etc.). We have donated food and cleaning supplies and are always looking for the deals when we can pay pennies on the dollar! I have been advocating this in my FaceBook page for the last year. Thanks Ed & ASPCA!

Julia

Sorry, I should have replied directly to your post! I'm trying to coordinate this "extreme couponing" for my local shelter's outreach program, which delivers to seniors and people with disabilities/illness (which will take any product/brand, as opposed to the shelter which uses specific brands). However, I don't know where to start! Stephanie, is your FB page public? I'd love to read how you are doing your EC-ing for your shelter! Thanks! --Julia

Julia

I'm trying to coordinate this "extreme couponing" for my local shelter's outreach program, which delivers to seniors and people with disabilities/illness (which will take any product/brand, as opposed to the shelter which uses specific brands). However, I don't know where to start! Stephanie, is your FB page public? I'd love to read how you are doing your EC-ing for your shelter! Thanks! --Julia

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