Youth Opportunities - Student collection/project ideas

Plano Animal Shelter - Goods Donation List


Although Animal Shelter volunteers must be at least 18 years old there are opportunities for youth to assist with collections or donating items to the shelter.

Students are welcome to hold a collection drive for items needed at the shelter.  

Creative Projects Toys for Cats:

Catnip Toys -
Cats love the sound of crinkly Mylar!
To make an irresistible catnip toy, simply sew the Mylar inside a piece of material along with a small amount of catnip.

Recyclable Paper Rolls:
We have a great way to utilize paper towel tubes, wrapping paper and TP tubes that benefit the animals at the Plano Animal Shelter.
Cover the tubes with construction paper with scotch tape, add some dangling strips of paper (NO STRING PLEASE) and voila! A fun cat toy that gives them something fun to do during their stay at the Adoption Center.
Heavy-duty, undecorated tubes can later be stuffed with doggie treats and given to dogs to chew.

Kitty Fort Project:
Kitty forts are a perfect craft project for school or scout groups, family get-togethers or a birthday or holiday activity. Kitty forts help keep the cats and kittens happy and alleviate stress while they await new, loving homes. They’re bright and colorful, and made from simple cardboard boxes. Create a comforting environment that carries the cat’s scent on it Can be enhanced with dangling toys to add to their enjoyment. Can go with the kitty to his or her new home, providing comfort during the transition

How to do it:
Select a cardboard box with these approximate dimensions: 12” x 12” x 12”
Note: “Big box” stores often provide free boxes near the cash registers

Cut out a large opening for the front side (ask an adult for assistance) Cover the box with construction paper, butcher block paper or mailing paper Use only nontoxic school glue Decorate your kitty forts with ink stamps or small stickers You can attach macramé cord or yarn for interest, but please do not use string.

Deliver your craft items to the shelter at 4028 W Plano Parkway, Plano 75093. Call 972.769.4360 if you have a large delivery.

Groups can also schedule a Pet Safety and Responsibility Class and get a tour of the shelter

Create a “thank you” gift for dog adopters.
Mix together the dry ingredients for homemade dog biscuits put in a ziplock bag and attach instructions.
• 1 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
• 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
• 1/2 cup cornmeal
• 2 Tbsp nonfat dry milk
• 1tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp nutmeg
• 1 1/2 tsp allspice
• 1 egg
• 1 to 1 1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350F.
Stir all dry ingredients together.
Add 1 egg and then slowly stir in 1 to 1 ¼ cup of water with wooden spoon.
Dough needs to be stiff.
Knead until smooth texture.
Roll out 1/4 inch thick (helps if top and bottom are floured) and cut out with any cookie cutter or create your own shape with a butter knife. Lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake 45min-1hr.
Turn the oven off and then leave them overnight to let harden.

Make “Adopt Me” dog vests. Make one out of any durable and washable material and add the words “Adopt Me” or “ I am ready for a Home” on both sides.

Free patterns and sizing are available online:

Braided Fleece Rope
What you will need:
• 3 - 1/4 yard pieces of fleece
• 2 rubber bands
• scissors
• measuring tape

How to make your homemade dog toy:
1. Cut 3 strips from your fleece, the width of the strips is dependent on how heavy you want the braid - o 3? wide for a lightweight toy o 5? for a medium weight toy o 8? + for a heavy weight toy
2. Lay the strips on top of one another and tie one rubber band 6? from the end.
3. Hold the end with the rubber band between your knees and braid the strips of fleece tightly together.
4. Braid it to your desired length. (remember you will lose some length in the knots)
5. Rubber band the other end of the braid.
6. Tie a loose knot and slide or cut the rubber band off.
7. Pull on the knot as hard as you can to tighten it.
8. Trim the end tabs to about 3?, and cut in thirds.
9. Repeat knotting and trimming for the other end.
10. Tie a knot in the middle of the rope if you like.
11. Now you have your very own homemade fleece rope dog toy!

Additional tips:
•The tighter your knots, the longer the toy will last. So pull them REALLY TIGHT!
•Try braiding a round rawhide chew into the fleece for an extra treat. •Make sure you do not use any fabric that has been treated with chemicals, such as a flame retardant.
•You can re-purpose your old and worn fleece jackets instead of buying fleece fabric new. Just cut them into strips.

Toss Balls and Fleece Toys for Dogs:

Rag Knots Chewing Toys:

Fleece Snuggle Bag:

Fishing Cat Toy

Kitty Condos

Mouse Cat Toy

Operation Happy Socks 

Fleece Dog and Cat Beds:

Kitty Forts: