If you can donate stuff to animal charities and rescues that they need for the care of their animals, it will save them spending precious funds on those things. Rescues will often have a list of items they need on their website or social media pages, but below are items most rescues generally need donated.
Medical supplies are often needed, and some rescues are so in need that they even welcome out of date medicines. If you have a connection to a veterinary surgery, you could ask them what they do with their medical items that go out of date.
Charities who help animal rescues in countries like Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, etc, are often so desperate that they will accept donations of out of date medical supplies.
One such charity is Saving Romanian Strays, which you can contact here.
They also have a Facebook Group and Page.
Another is Twitchy Noses, which helps rescues in Bulgaria, which you can contact here, and this is their Facebook Page.
You should be able to find many more organisations helping poor animal rescues by searching through a charity search engine (so you raise money to help animals while you search) and through searching for social media groups and pages.
Many rescues are in desperate need of donations of pet food all year round to feed their animals. Sometimes they need specific types of pet food.
Some rescues in this country can be so well supported that they can end up with more food donated to them than they can use. This can be because their residents may have particular dietary requirements, so they use more of some food than others. Rather than these left over supplies of food going lout of date and being wasted, arrange with the rescue for them to be donated to charities who work with poor rescues in other countries, or to poor rescues in your own country.
Animal rescues will definitely not want it advertised that they have too much food, as this will put people off donating food to them, meaning people will not the food they really need either. You will have to privately enquire with the rescue whether they have an excess they could spare.
See above under “Medicines” for organisations who will collect supplies.
Blankets, Towels and Pet Coats:
Blankets, towels, and coats for the animals are needed, especially in winter. Waterproof animal coats are best if animals are kept outside. Dog collars and leads are also needed.
Some rescues get many donations of these things, whereas others struggle to get any. If you know of a well supported animal rescue that may have an excess of these supplies, privately enquire with them to see if they have an excess they could spare to give to less well supported animal rescues.
As with pet food, rescues will not want it advertised that they have an excess, as then people will be less willing to donate the things they use most. See above under “Medicines” for organisations who will collect supplies.
Different items are needed depending on what animal a rescue takes in. At small animal rescues, food, cages, accessories, and bedding materials will be needed for the residents.
Some animal charities and rescue shelters, such as the Animal Humane Society, need donations of newspaper (not shredded), as they line the floor of the animals housing with it. This means they can get through alot.
They also use office paper that has been shredded into long strips for small animal cages and puppy enclosures.
Image: Strips of shredded office paper can be used in puppy enclosures at animal rescue shelters – like here at the ASPCA. Image Source