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.