Momma didn't know what a shelter drive-by was, but she was pretty sure she didn't have time for it. She tends to stay crazy busy, and this past week was even worse than usual because it was the week before Thanksgiving, so she had lots of extra stuff she needed to do, plus I had minor unscheduled surgery on Tuesday. (Just a little lump removed from a toe -- no big deal. But it definitely added to momma's stress and errands.)
But when mom read about shelter drive-bys in the BlogPaws Be the Change for Pets post Action: Support Shelter Appreciation Week, she realized that a drive-by was easily doable, even the week of Thanksgiving.
To do a drive-by, you just look at the wish list of a nearby shelter, and when you go to the grocery store, pick something up from the shelter's wish list, and drop it off at the shelter. Momma had to go to the grocery store anyway to get ingredients for Thanksgiving dessert. So she searched for a participating shelter nearby and found there was one right on her way! Then she looked at the wish list for the Hanover County Animal Control shelter, and saw that food and rawhide chews were at the top of the list. When she was shopping for key lime pie ingredients, she just picked up a bag of dog food and a bag of rawhide chews and dropped them off at Hanover County Animal Control. It was very simple and took maybe an extra 5-10 minutes.
|Inspecting the goods|
|I suppose they meet my approval|
|On an important mission|
The shelter staff was very appreciative, and I'm sure the doggies at the pound appreciated it too -- especially the rawhide chews.
Drive-bys are a very easy way to help homeless animals. If you'd like to read about some other ways my friends have helped homeless animals, go to my post Frosty Paws Giveaway for National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and read the comments. It may give you some ideas!