Wondering what to do with an unwanted holiday gift card?
Think about regifting it to rescue dogs and cats at a Williamsburg area shelter.
“Yes, gift cards come in very handy for us,” said Darci Vanderslik, marketing manager for Heritage Humane Society.
The shelter accepts a range of gift cards for a range of purposes; off the top of her head, Vandersilk couldn’t think of one they wouldn’t be able to use.
According to a wish list on the shelter’s website, donated gift cards are used to buy items such as prescription medications, prescription foods and pet-care supplies.
“The Heritage Humane Society spends roughly $500 a month on these alone,” the website says.
That means several gift-card categories are particularly helpful.
Petsmart and Petco cards, for example, can be used to buy prescription diets for shelter animals, Vanderslik said.
Gas cards help defray transportation expenses.
And gift cards from Home Depot and Loews can be cashed in for cleaning and maintenance supplies, according to Vanderslik.
You can mail gift cards to the shelter or drop them off in person and cuddle kittens, she added.
To find out more about making donations to the shelter, go here.
“Monetary donations go so far because we understand where the money is needed most,” Vanderslik said.