The internet is in love with Marie Kondo, as well as it should be. Kondo is the host of Netflix’s series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo and the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She has branded cleaning as a magical, life-changing act, which, needless to say, is an impressive feat considering up until this point the act of spring cleaning was considered a dreaded annual chore.
But here at Fitdog, we all about Marie’s philosophy of tidying up and sparking joy. (And if you’re reading this, you’re probably a fan as well.) This got us thinking, how can we KonMari our lives and help animals at the same time. The ultimate win-win.
Animal shelters all over the country face problems of overcrowding coupled with limited resources. Shelters, as well as rescue groups, rely heavily upon donations to give animals food and other much-needed supplies. As you can imagine, having a blanket, a bed, and a decent meal can make a world of difference to a pet in a cold, dark shelter. It also has proven to make them happier and thus more adoptable.
Fitdog is a drop off location for Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL), a local nonprofit that collects highly needed items for shelter and homeless animals. They disperse collected supplies to local shelters and rescue organizations and even provide relief supplies during times of crisis (like during the SoCal wildfires this past Fall).
Not sparking joy?
Consider donating these items to OBOL or your local shelter!
- Blankets and Pet Beds
- Collars, Leashes, and Harnesses
- Stainless Steel Bowls
- Crates and Carriers
- Cat Trees and Litter
- Dog/Cat Food and Treats
Unfortunately, OBOL cannot accept pillows, bed sheets, or comforters (nobody wants pups to eat downy stuffing!) But if you find yourself clearing out any of the aforementioned objects from your home, please consider donating them. If you want to learn more about OBOL’s mission, visit their website here.
Create a space for the future
One of Marie Kondo’s famous quotes is: “The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” By letting go of your unwanted items and donating them, you will help provide a space for the dogs who will become a loved and wanted member of someone’s family.