Extreme Couponing for Pets
Initiative encourages bargain shoppers to help rescued animals.
Do you love a good bargain? Do you scour local papers and websites for the best deals around? Is your favorite piece of mail the weekly circular?
If so, the ASPCA has a mission for you--helping shelter pets with your bargain-hunting skills.
"Many local animal shelters -- in addition to needing monetary donations -- are in constant need of supplies," said Julie Morris, Senior Vice President of Community Outreach for the ASPCA. "Generously purchasing these items for your local animal shelter or rescue group will not only help their daily operations, but it can also help improve the quality of life for the animals in their care."
The organization is issuing the challenge in advance of the May 28 premiere of the third season of TLC's "Extreme Couponing" show. The hit series documents the creative real-life strategies of savvy shoppers as they clip and save their ways to outrageous deals, and as they share their impressive hauls with their communities and local charities.
The ASPCA recommends first calling your local animal shelter or rescue group to see if they are in need of donated food, toys and/or supplies, and what preferences they have in terms of products or brands. Some shelters may feed their animals certain types of food (wet or dry; kibble or canned), while others may prefer using environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Your local shelter may be in need of one or more of the following:
- Pet food -- for dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and rabbits -- and pet treats
- Pet toys -- chew toys, rawhides, rope toys, feather toys, treat toys and ball toys
- Pet care supplies -- leashes, collars, litter, litter boxes, and scratching posts
- Pet bedding -- dog and cat beds and towels that can be laundered
- Operational supplies -- garbage bags, newspapers, cleaning products, paper towels, office supplies
Are you an "extreme couponer"? How would you help your local shelter save money? Tell us below!
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