Kids & Schools

Help Animals at Any Age!

There are many ways for families, schools, scouts and other groups to get involved and help the animals at BARCS. Below are some fun DIY craft and fundraising ideas to help homeless animals.


DIY Craft Projects

Cat Food Puzzle: You will need an empty toilet paper roll, scissors and kid-safe (water soluble) markers. On your toilet paper rolls, mark four lines about a finger’s width apart. Carefully cut along those lines to make four rings. Draw fun designs and colors on each of the rings. Insert ring 1 into ring 2. Then insert ring 3 into rings 1 and 2. Then squeeze the fourth ring inside the others to make a ball. Put cat treats or pieces of food into the ball. No catnip for the shelter cats, please!

Cat Spider Toy: All you need for this project is a 5x5” piece of scrap fabric (felt and fleece work best), milk jug rings and scissors. Cut the fabric square into 12-14 thin strips. Tie the strips around the ring using a double-knot. Tie until your ring is full! Try different color combinations to make it fun. No catnip for the shelter cats, please!

Hand-Knotted Fleece Blankets: These do not need to be large to be cozy for our animals! Small blankets (12x24’) are especially helpful for our cats. Instructions: Lay the two pieces of fleece wrong sides together. With the fabric on top of each other, trim off any ends as necessary to make them the same size. Cut out a square about three to four inches from each corner. This will prevent bunching of the material in the corners and help to make tying easier. Next cut out slits, almost like a fringe, about three inches deep all the way around the fabric. Just make sure you cut deep enough so that you can tie the pieces together. Tie the matching top and bottom slits together into double knots (helps them to say together after washing).



Organize a BARCStoberfest Team: Get a team together at your school (with advance permission) or organize a group of friends to participate in the annual BARCStoberfest 5K run and one mile walk held in late October. To create a team, register on and simply invite others to participate in collecting donations from friends and family.

Hold a Wish List Drive: Check out BARCS’ wish list to find out what supplies we need and hold a wish list drive to collect those items.  Advertise at your school (with permission) or in your neighborhood and find a designated area to collect items. Get a few representatives to bring the supplies to our shelter and see the animals who will benefit from your hard work. You can also do specific drives such as a used towel drive, toy drive or food drive.

Celebrate a Birthday: Ask friends and family to bring pet food, toys and other pet supply donations instead of gifts.

Lemonade Stand: Setup a lemonade stand in your neighborhood. Let your customers know that all the money you collect from lemonade sales is being donated to your favorite animal shelter. Don’t forget to put a “tip jar” out for extra donations!

Something Else: Maybe you have another creative idea! If you have questions, please email


How to Donate

Please deliver crafts, wish list (in-kind) items or monetary donations to our shelter. At this time, due to limited resources, BARCS is not able to pick up in-kind donations.

Items can be dropped off during the following hours:

If these times do not work for you or your group, please email If available, we will work to schedule an alternative time for drop off.

Thank you for making a difference!