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Activities to Benefit Your Pets (or HRA)

Thank you for your interest in completing a project that will benefit your pet or the animals at HRA. We will be happy to receive many of the homemade donations (or collected items) once we resume normal business hours. Currently, due to the ongoing pandemic, our adoption centers are closed for visitors. However, you may choose to complete the projects listed and drop the items off once public hours resume. Some items highlighted can be sent directly from Amazon or Chewy.


Click the title of each project below for step-by-step instructions.


No-sew blankets are easy to make and they keep our dogs and cats comfy and warm during their stay with us. You can make small ones for the cats and bigger ones for the dogs. 


It is no secret that dogs and cats have an amazing sense of smell and they want to use it!  These interactive mats allow our animals to sniff out hidden treats. Fun challenges like snuffle mats help keep animals happy and engaged while in our care. 

Homemade Treats for your Pets

Do you like to cook or bake? Consider making some of the treats below for your companion animals.

Send Something Special to the Animals at HRA

Visit our Amazon.com and Chewy.com wish lists to ship items directly to HRA by selecting our gift address at checkout! There are different lists depending on which area of our operations you choose to support. They are all important and critical to the care of the animals. Thank you for making those much-needed purchases!

Collect These Items

Toilet paper and paper towel cardboard tubes

Don't throw away the tubes once the toilet paper and paper towels are gone. They make great small animal toys. Stuff them with vegetables for your bunnies and guinea pigs or give them to your gerbils and hamsters for chew toys. Cats and dogs can play with cardboard tubes, too. Hide a few pieces of kibble in a tube, close the ends, and watch your pets break through the tube to find the treat.

Towels and Blankets

HRA is always in need of towels and blankets. Please drop off towel and blanket donations to the adoption center located at 71 Oglethorpe St NW, Washington, DC 20011. 

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