Do You Need to Clean Your Crate Before Donating It?
Truthfully, any animal shelter or rescue is going to clean the crate after they receive a donation. They aren’t going to put a dog in it before they bleach it and rub it down very well.
However, it isn’t very polite to turn in a crate without cleaning it first. Generally, you want to make sure that it is at least somewhat clean. You don’t have to bleach it, but ensure that there isn’t any obvious dirt and debris stuck onto the crate.
If your dog was sick, we do recommend cleaning the crate very well. You don’t want to turn in a crate that is potentially carrying germs into an animal shelter – that is simply a disaster waiting to happen.
In these cases, you should absolutely bleach it. We recommend cleaning it and then letting it sit for a bit. The bleach should kill almost everything. But if you miss a spot, allowing it to sit should prevent any potential germs from contaminating the shelter.
Can You Donate a Crate Your Dog Died in?
At the end of a dog’s life, it is often necessary to confine them. Perhaps they didn’t recover from surgery or were tempted to roam. Either way, these crates can usually be donated – with some conditions.
It matters what your dog died from. If they died from cancer, it isn’t like their crate is contaminated with cancer germs. You generally don’t have to worry about anything in these cases. A quick cleaning and the crate should be ready to go.
However, if your dog had something contagious, you probably need to take more precautions. You don’t want to introduce potentially deadly diseases into an animal shelter, after all.
We highly recommend cleaning the crate very well. You should use bleach if at all possible. Wipe it down, being sure to get every nook where germs could be hiding.
We then recommend leaving the crate to sit for about two weeks. Viruses and germs only survive for so long, and most of them do not survive past two weeks. Therefore, if you allow the crate to sit for a while, it should eliminate most of the germs.
There is no reason to throw away a solid crate – even if your canine died in it. However, you should take a few more precautions just to be sure that the crate is not contaminated.
How Big of a Crate Can You Donate?
You can usually donate any size crates. After all, shelters and rescues will usually have dogs of all sizes. However, some may not have room for very large crates, so you should always call and ask before you donate something. You don’t want to be turned away after hauling a large crate into your car.
As always, be sure to call and check before you show up with things to donate.
Usually, local shelters and rescues are the best places to donate your crates. While dogs are in kennels for much of the time in animal shelters, they can occasionally need crates. For instance, dogs can get sick and need quarantined. Some dogs may need to be contained after surgery, which crates are perfect for.
If you don’t have any local rescues in need, you can consider donating to a thrift store that sells dog products. People can purchase the crate here for a lower price, which may help a family get one that wouldn’t otherwise.
In small towns, local vet offices sometimes serve as animal shelters. At least, they often care for sick and stray dogs. In these cases, we recommend donating crates to them as well, especially if they have the room.
While they aren’t a not-for-profit, many of them will absolutely appreciate it.
You may also want to look at not-for-profit clinics, which usually offer discounted services. The ASPCA runs a few of these, for instance.
Be sure you clean the crate before you donate it. In some cases, we recommend allowing it to sit for two weeks so that any potential viruses and bacteria perish before they are donated. The shelter will likely clean it as well, but it is always better to be safe.
Of course, don’t donate your crate until you are sure you don’t need it anymore. Many dogs use their crate well into adulthood, often treating it like their bed.
Just because they don’t need to be crated doesn’t mean that their crate won’t be helpful anymore.