Spread some holiday cheer for homeless pets waiting in shelters* by donating toys, blankets & treats!

We believe that every pet waiting in a shelter for his/her forever home deserves the joy of play, the delight of treats and the comfort of warm beds. Donating pet toys, blankets, sheets & treats will help give every pet waiting at shelters and rescues* a special holiday gift and a more comfortable stay until they find their forever homes! This initiative was inspired by toys on clearance. They sat unwanted, not unlike the pets waiting at the shelters. Both remind us of The Island of Misfit Toys but these pets and toys are not broken; they just haven’t found their perfect home yet. To help as many homeless pets as possible, we’re getting the help of our “Monster” Elves so not only we lift their spirits, we also bring attention to the good shelters and the various causes they represent.

Being in a shelter is not fun for any pets. Together, we can make a difference in their world while they wait for their forever homes.

You can start with our Amazon Wishlist. The “Monster” Elves also have their own Wishlists so help your favorite Elves!


Since 2012, we have collected:


41 “Monster” Elves

To help as many homeless pets as possible, we’re getting the help of our “Monster” Elves so not only we lift their spirits, we also bring attention to the good shelters and the various good causes they represent. Each one of these “Monsters” advocated for different aspects of animal welfare as well as breed awareness, and are in different parts of the country; together, we can raise awareness and reach more people to make the drive a success. Apply to be a “Monster” Elf →

Representing Litter “Monsters” fighting against backyard breeders/puppy mills
Representing Undesirable “Monster” advocating for pit bulls and the undesirable black dog
Representing Rescued “Monster” changing hearts & minds through therapy work & responsible ownership
Representing Therapy “Monsters” bringing cheer & changing perceptions through therapy work
Representing Shelter “Monsters” advocating for adopter education & overlooked black dogs
Representing Rescued “Monsters” given a second chance, changing minds as Service Dogs & Ambassadogs
Representing Rescued “Monsters” promoting positive pitbull awareness, rescue, rehabilitation & adoption
Representing Unwanted “Monsters” looking for their happy ending with a fur-ever home to call their own
Representing Rescued “Monsters” advocating for positive Put Bull Awareness & promoting adoption
Representing Throwaway “Monsters” with terminal conditions & abandoned senior pets
Representing Rescued “Monsters” spreading good cheer & helping other Pibbles get their second chance
Representing Neglected “Monsters” teaching kids to be the Voice for Justice against abuse & abandonment
Representing Special “Monsters” advocating for special needs dogs & rescue transport
Representing Abused “Monsters” fighting for tougher laws for animal abusers
Representing Rescued “Monsters” bringing smiles & raising awareness to help find a cure for canine cancer
Representing Homeless “Monsters” looking for a home of their own where they would feel safe & loved
Representing Perfectly Imperfect “Monsters” changing perceptions of disabled dogs, advocate of training & pitbull education
Rescued “Monsters” with terminal conditions living life to the fullest
Representing Momma & Blind “Monsters” advocating against neglect & back yard breeding
Representing Genetically Defective Backyard “Monsters” promoting shelter intervention and compassion for animals and humans alike!
Representing Survivor “Monsters” raising awareness & being the voice for dogs wrongfully shot by police
Representing Abandoned “Monsters” striving to end shelter overpopulation & advocating for canine equality
Representing Amputee “Monsters” bringing cheer & changing minds through therapy work
Representing Unwanted “Monsters” looking for a home of their own where they would feel safe & loved
Representing Adoptable “Monsters” spending the holiday season hoping to find their forever families
Representing Special “Monsters” advocating for black dogs, one-eyed dogs & sharing love with those in need
Representing Rescued “Monsters” by showing the world that ‘pit bull’ type dogs are just that: dogs
Representing Ex-dogfighting “Monsters” against dogfigting & for rehabilitation of ex-dogfighters
Representing Therapy “Monsters” bringing cheer & changing perceptions through therapy work
Representing Kennel “Monsters” who can be great if given the chance
Representing Abandoned “Monsters” advocating for responsible pet ownership
Representing Rescue “Monsters” with special needs & promoting pit bull ambassadors in the community
Representing Special Needs “Monsters” advocating for homeless and misunderstood dogs
Representing Rescued elder “Monsters” helping special needs senior pets so they are loved ‘til the end
Representing Shelter “Monsters” spreading cheer, promoting adoption & changing perception one kiss at a time
Representing Rescued Therapy “Monsters” being ambassadors for misunderstood pit bull type dogs
Representing Rescued “Monsters” with multiple pay-it-forward campaigns driven by love
Representing Therapy “Monsters” promoting education, advocacy & adoption through unconditional love
Representing Rescued “Monsters” advocating for canine equality & responsible pet ownership
Representing Mistreated “Monsters” enjoying her rescued life and changing minds along the way
Representing Abused “Monsters” bringing love & changing minds through therapy work

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What to Donate

Detailed list of suitable items the shelters & rescues would appreciate, from food to collars/leashes to bowls to beds. Please check with your local shelters. You can also use our Amazon Wishlist. In addition, the “Monster” Elves have their own Wishlists so please browse their Elves bio pages & help your favorite Elves!


Mail your items to these addresses or to your closest Elves & we will do a big drop at the end of year to select shelters. We (and the shelter pets) thank you.

If you decide to mail items or make monetary donations directly to the shelters or rescues, please note “For Monster Holiday Drive.”

New York

I’m Not a Monster
138 73rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209

North Carolina

Laila Ali
11010 Rougemont Road
Rougemont, NC 27572


Happy Tail Pet Supply LLC
c/o Monica Gobeli
19831 Strathmore Place
Land O Lakes, FL 34638


Honey / Be Their Voice
512 Banks Street
Northampton, PA 18067


Reggie The Deaf Pitbull
PO Box 2573
Conroe, TX 77305


Louis Vuitton the Pit Bull
P.O. Box 102
Wetumpka, AL 36092

Participating Organizations



How It Started

We had this idea when we were at T.J. Maxx and saw all these dog toys on clearance ($2.99 each instead of $10). Of course we couldn’t resist! We grabbed everything that was on clearance and went back a couple of times to grab a few more. We got about 3 dozen toys. They made a neat little pile that made us think of The Island of Misfit Toys, and these clearance/”unwanted” toys are just the perfect companions to cheer up the dogs sitting at shelters for ages, who some may see as unwanted as well.

So what we want to do is to ask you to do the same — go to your discount retailer or pet supply store and look for toys on clearance and buy them for the unwanted pets in shelters. It may not look like a lot of toys if you only buy one or two, but if you go back every time and get one — ’til Christmas — you will have a lot! And you can either send it to the shelter directly or send it to us so we can do a big drop before Christmas. Or you can bring it to the shelters or rescues in your area (mailing does get expensive).

In addition, a spa owner asked us where she can donate her old sheets/blankets (she changed them a few times a year). She thought it was a shame to throw them away because they were good organic sheets. We thought so too, so ask the spas near you to do the same. Of course everything has to be clean and for dog toys, they have to be new.

Together, we can make a difference in their world while they wait for their forever homes.


Of course you can do this all year long because sadly, the shelters are never empty.

→ Clearance Bins: Check out the clearance bins when you’re at the stores; buy a few toys, treats or comfort items the dogs/cats would enjoy. (No rawhides, please!)

→ Blankets/Sheets: Put aside your old blankets, quilts or sheets in a separate box marked “donation”; ask family, friends & neighbors to keep this in mind for their next house cleaning.

→ Tennis Balls!!! Ask your local tennis clubs or school gymnasium if they have used tennis balls to donate. The dogs don’t care if they are not brand new!

→ Spread the Word: Ask your local school to keep a donation box in the hallway or classrooms to teach the next generation about charity, compassion and shelter overpopulation.