1. Collect Used Towels and Blankets for a Local Shelter
Have towels that are getting a little thread bare or perhaps some themed bedding that your child has outgrown? Good news – these are like gold to your local animal shelter!
Homeless pets need some snuggly comfort too, donate your old blankets so they have something soft to lay on. Your old towels help to clean up the pets and their cages as well as provide bedding for smaller pets.
Ask your friends, family, and coworkers to gather up their old towels and blankets too (Facebook is a great way to spread the word) or ask your child’s school to help with a donation drive.
Make sure the towels and bedding are nice and clean before your drop them off at the shelter – they have enough laundry to do and this is a big help for them!
2. Hold a Dog Toy Swap
Chances are your dog has at least one toy they no longer have interest in, but another dog might just love that toy. Gather up all the toys your dog doesn’t play with, clean them, and organize a toy swap with your dog pals!
Unfortunately too many unwanted dog toys end up in landfills – do your part to help prevent this. Again, Facebook is a great tool to help spread the word with your friends, family and coworkers.
After the swap, if there are any unwanted toys you can donate them to your local animal shelter as well. For toys that are past their prime, read our post about how to recycle old dog toys.
3. Organize a Park or Trail Clean Up
Many pet parents enjoy spending time outdoors with their dogs and Earth Day is the perfect day to help give back to mother nature by taking a little time to clean up our green spaces. The best part is, you don’t have to leave the dogs at home to do this, let them come along for the fun!
In addition to cleaning up trash and maybe helping to repair some trails, volunteer to do the real dirty work and pick up pet waste. Dog waste is not good for the environment and contains many different strains of unfriendly bacteria that can make other dogs and people sick, especially as it enters the water supply.
See if you can get a sponsor to donate eco friendly dog waste bags for the day, or better yet – ask your local parks department to provide eco friendly dog waste bags all year long. Many parks and trails departments provide bag dispensing posts at the parks, why not have them be eco friendly. There are many options on the market now that are biodegradable versus plastic bags that can take up to 1,000 years to breakdown.
Let us know how you help out on Earth Day, we’d love to hear what you’re up to in the comments below!