There’s No Place Like Home, a no-kill animal shelter in Gillette, Wyoming, just posted their wish list on Amazon. They’ve now joined thousands of other animal shelters throughout the United States that have made it easy for anyone to donate needed items, no matter the donor’s location. Amazon Wish Lists allow individuals to see exactly what the shelter wants and how many they’ve already received, so potential donors know exactly where their money will be appreciated. Once bought through the wish list, the item is sent directly to the shelter.
Amazon also makes it easy to support local shelters even if someone doesn’t have extra money to give. In fact, anyone who currently shops on Amazon can donate to their favorite shelter without spending any additional money through Amazon Smile. This tool lets donors pick their favorite shelter or other non-profit organization, then a portion of their regular purchase amount goes straight to the organization. Shelters and rescues can use the funds for vet care, gas for volunteer transports, and other things that can’t be purchased online.
What is the primary benefit of using Amazon to donate to shelters?
Let’s face it – there are a lot of people who don’t have time to donate to a shelter, and many who can’t offer extra money either. Thousands of potential supporters live out of the shelter’s area, but would like to stay involved in some way. These two tools on Amazon help solve both problems.
Shelters that don’t have a public wish list may greatly benefit from developing one. This is another excellent opportunity for volunteers to help from anywhere. With a little computer knowledge and an Amazon account, volunteers can turn a shelter’s wants and needs into a wish list that shows people exactly how they can solve the problem.
People respond better when they know how they can help. It’s one thing to say, “We need dog treats, collars and bedding.” And quite another to say, “We’d love 10 bags of ABC Brand dog treats, 8 large dog collars, 12 medium dog collars and 5 medium dog beds. Can anyone help?” Better yet, anyone who stands up and offers to buy, say, two bags of dog treats doesn’t even have to take the time to go to the store and then drop them off at the shelter. It’s all automatic; now it’s just the donation of a few dollars, and knowing exactly how the animals benefit from the money.