By Heather Kilduff of Sterilite Corporation
Approximately 5 – 7 million pets enter animal shelters nationwide every year. As a volunteer at a local shelter, Ahisma Haven Animal Rescue, I witness firsthand the need for such animal rescue groups. Many of these organizations are nonprofits and survive on donations and volunteerism alone.
To help keep costs a minimum at Ahisma Haven Animal Rescue, proper storage and organization help play a role in keeping supplies fresh, waste minimal and items like toys, brushes and other daily-use items from being lost or misplaced.
Keeping pet food in this Ultra•Seal™ Dry Food Container ensures that it stays fresh and doesn’t go to waste. It’s important to the animals’ health and nutrition that the food be kept fresh. Plus, when most of the food is generously donated or sponsored, it’s even more important to prevent waste.
Keeping the animals hydrated is just as important as keeping them well fed. This 1 Gallon Pitcher makes filling all the water dishes simple and splash free. The secure lid and pop-top help to keep the water free from particles and debris.
Storing fresh cat litter is a cinch with one of these Latching Utility Cans. Cat litter is known to release a dusty debris but the lid and latches help keep the area tidy and dust-free without risk of spillage.
Towels, blankets and pet beds are a few items that must be washed every few days to prevent odors and to keep the pets cozy and comfortable. A Wheeled Laundry Hamper is an effective way to keep the laundry concealed, contained and out of the way until laundry day. When the time does come to launder the linens, this hamper simply wheels to the laundry facities making the chore effortless.
Once the linens have been washed and folded, storing them in a blanket box will keep them fresh until they are in use again. I find that storing items like towels and blankets properly can extend the life of the linens, ultimately avoiding added cost to the shelter.
ODDS & END STORAGE
While items like brushes, collars, leashes and cat toys are small, they certainly can create disorganization. I find it best to store these odd and ends in baskets on available shelving, creating an organized storage system where items can be easily located.
In their effort to stay organized and to find good homes for abused and unwanted domestic animals, Ahisma Haven is certainly on the right track. If you’re looking for a pet, have a pet you can no longer keep, have questions about low cost spay/neuter, need help with stray or feral cats please email them at [email protected]