Pet Corner: Don’t throw away — donate

Santa is going to bring your pets new toys and leashes and beds and more. Now is the time to go through your pet’s old toys and such and get rid of a few of them. But do not throw them away! Donate them to the local rescues.

Local rescues love it when they receive monetary donations and also when they receive new toys and beds and such, but they also appreciate donations of gently used items. Those older toys, beds, bowls, leashes, collars, etc., can be donated to local rescues.

If you get your cat a new litter box for Christmas, take the old one, clean it up and donate it to one of the many local rescues. Maybe Santa is bringing Fido a new bed and his old one is in decent shape — wash it and donate it.

Rescues can also use old towels, blankets, bath mats, scatter rugs, comforters and more. Didn’t you see some pretty new bath towels that would look great in your bath? Well, go back and buy them so you have a good excuse to get rid of the older ones by donating them to a local rescue. How about a new comforter for your guest room?

If you haven’t bought your pet a new bed or new food dishes in a while, now is a good time to do it so you will be able to donate your pet’s older ones to a local rescue. Now is the time to consider replacing many of your pet’s belongings — maybe a new collar with matching leash, or a new scratching post for your cat, or a new cage for your furry or feathered friends.

Has your puppy grown and outgrown his crate? If so, why not donate your old puppy crate to a local rescue and stop into one of the local pet stores and buy a new one?

Please remember to buy your pets new supplies from your local independent pet stores, such as House Pets, next to the Food Lion in Millville, or Millville Pet Stop, across from the Dollar General in Millville. Both of these pet stores work with local rescues and support them financially, by collecting donations and more.

Money spent in these stores goes back into the local economy. Their staffs are well-trained local residents that are very knowledgeable and friendly, and many of them also personally help in supporting the local rescues.

Many rescues are animal-specific — meaning they work with only one type of animal, like cats, or just dogs, or birds, horses, etc. Amazing Graces Animal Rescue. works with all types of animals. At this time, they are unable to foster large animals, such as horses, etc.; however, if they receive donations for horses, they work with locating a local rescue in need of the particular item. They accept donations of small animal cages, bird cages and the like. They also deal with reptiles, dogs, cats and more. They will also arrange for pickup of donations.

I have tried to list some of the local rescues below, with their contact information. This list is in no way the only ones in the area, and anyone whose name is missing from the list, please contact me at (302) 436-4299 or so I can add you to my list for future reference.

Amazing Graces Animal Rescue

(302) 542-5805

Cats Around Town

(302) 236-5184

Delaware SPCA (Georgetown)

(302) 856-6361

Changing Fates Equine Rescue of Delaware

There are many other local rescues besides these. Please remember them all when you clean house and decide to get rid of stuff, or if you would just like to go and buy them something new. And, of course, you can also contact these rescues and ask how you can help; they always need new volunteers. Maybe your New Year’s resolution could be to volunteer your time. And, of course, they love monetary donations.

Cheryl Loveland is a dog groomer, pet-sitter, dog trainer and fosterer for many unwanted animals. She does rescue work for all types of animals and has owned or fostered most types of domestic animals and many wild ones. She currently resides with two bloodhounds, which she has shown in conformation and is currently training her male bloodhound for search-and-rescue work. Also residing with her are a bichon frisée, two cats and two birds. She welcomes comments, questions and suggestions for future articles at Remember, she is not an expert: she offers her opinions and suggestions from her experience and research.