Friday, June 24, 2022

Heritage Humane Society wants your unwanted holiday gift cards

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Roxy, an eight-year-old Chihuahua who survived Hurricane Irma while tied to a tree, was visibly shaking during WYDaily’s visit to Heritage Humane Society in October. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

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.


This domestic shorthair cat, named Magdalena, was at Heritage Humane in October. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

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.

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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