The next time you uncover old and unused things while cleaning your home, consider donating them to your local animal shelter. Everyday items you might have stashed away and forgotten about, like old newspapers and towels, can actually provide warmth to abandoned animals and help maintain a shelter's cleanliness. Similarly, the plastic grocery bags you might squirrel away can be used during dog walks or cleaning cages.
And, don't forget to call or check your local shelter's website for a specific wish list of the things they need. For more information about animal shelters or to find your nearest location, visit The Humane Society Of The United States or ASPCA.
Still not sure where to start? Look to the slideshow below for 10 common household items that most shelters need.