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What Do Charity Shops Accept?

red cross donationIf you want more information on how and why to donate to the Red Cross, there are plenty of resources online, but here is a basic primer.

In any given year the Red Cross aids 500,000 people in countries all over the world. The labour is largely volunteer, and donations from everyday citizens support efforts to not only help those abroad, but members of your own community. If you’re not able to donate your time, here are other ways to help a noble cause.

  1. Donate old clothes. Clothes are always in demand, and if your wardrobe is overflowing with old clothes or shoes you will never ever put on again, you can make someone’s life a little easier if you decide to give clothes to charity.
  2. Donate furniture to charity. Unfortunately not all charity shops have the capacity to accept such bulky, heavy items. Make sure you call your local charity shop and ask if they will be able to rid of something you do not want to have in your house.
  3. Donate electronics. Just like with furniture, small charity shops will not be able to take large electronics like washing machines, fridges, or televisions.
  4. Donate books, toys, multimedia. Essentials aren’t the only thing people need in their lives. Anything that can give some entertainment is welcome. In the case of books, make sure you pack them well.
  5. Donate glassware and tableware. The Red Cross Charity Shops are the best place you can send your unwanted items.
  6. Bear in mind, the Red Cross Charity Shops cannot take medication, safety equipment or toys without the relevant safety labels.




Donate to Red Cross Charity Shops When Moving Out

red cross charity shopA move is the perfect opportunity to assess your personal inventory. As the house goes in boxes and the closets get emptied you have a chance to give everything the once over. Clothes are always good for a little purging. There are practical purposes like lightening your load for an easier move. Also, the more room you make in your new closet, there is that much more room for new clothes!

All of the above reasons are great, but there is no greater joy associated with going through your wardrobe than the chance to do good. If you’re in the midst of a move, take a look at your gently used  clothes.

They may not make it to your new home, but they’ll always have a home at your neighbourhood Red Cross Charity Shop.

How the Red Cross Came to Be

history of red crossThe Red Cross is an internationally recognized organization involved in a wide array of charitable works. The British Red Cross was founded in 1863, employs 2600 people, and has 30,000 volunteers.

A central figure in wars and disasters for the last 150 years, the Red Cross is an organization worthy of your support. It’s easy to get involved with your local Red Cross, but it’s even easier to donate. No matter the territory, no matter the city, there is a Red Cross near you.




How to Move House with Cats

how to move house with a catThey asked us, how to move with cats? Cats, much like cat people, are a particular breed – quiet, independent, lovers of routine, not fans of change. When a cat grows to know a certain space, she can get very attached to said space.

Moving with pets puts some additional strain to your moving schedule. Dogs for example take things very differently, but not any less stressful. With that in mind, moving a cat to a new home is never easy, but we’ve gathered a few suggestions to answer the question, How to move house with cats?

Preparing to Move House with Cats

funny cat

  1. Stay Calm. Moving to a new home creates inner tension – obviously. But, your cat will feel the same tension multiplied by ten. So, even thought it’s a big challenge, try to keep calm.
  2. Old Things Should Stay the Same. Apparently, you have too much work to do, but try not to change the feeding schedule. The place of the toys, even scattered is what’s normal for the cat. The scratching posts, especially the litter box should not be moved. It will only stress the poor creature further.
  3. Take Boxes and Carrier out. Two weeks before the move, take all packing materials and cat carrier out. Sure, the cat will wonder what those things are, but once it explores and sees there’s nothing wrong, all will be fine. This is also a good way for the cat to get used to the carrier if it hasn’t already. You can find cat carriers on TheCatSite. All products are reviewed by cat lovers with objective opinions.
  4. New Things Should be Introduced. When having some spare time, use a day to visit the new place, preferably after it had undergone pre-tenancy cleaning, and let the cat explore.

Cats love to wander around, so it’s not a bad thing to let the adorable feline get a taste, a smell, and a whisker rub from the new place.

How to Move House with Cats

scared cat

  1. Isolate the cat in an empty room. House removals happening – hired movers staff gets in and out, everyone in a hurry, things go missing every minute, it’s scary! Better not show this to your kitty. In the room, the cat should have a bowl of food and water, a litter box and a few toys to keep it busy. It’s also a good idea to put a note on the door so the movers don’t open it.
  2. Put the cat in the crate. It’s good to have a snugly blanket inside. Cats in general love small soft spaces.
  3. Do not feed the cat on the way. If transportation is too long, give some treats. A few pieces of dry cat food every hour and a half. It’s very possible she will get sick otherwise.
  4. Be close, so the cat can hear your voice. Sometimes, something as simple as that is enough to keep a little creature calm.
  5. Distract with toys. A wand with a fluffy feather at the end, a bell, or anything else the cat knows and finds fun. Time will pass quicker.
  6. Do not sedate. Every cat is different and you know your cat best. Sedating might sound like a good idea, it might even be recommended by a vet. There are cats, who simply cannot take too much stress. They not just meow and growl, they start harming themselves. In these cases. sedating might be a good solution, but otherwise, do not do it.

How to Introduce Your Cat to the New Place

cute kitten walking

  1. Put the cat in a room for a while. Let the cat have some alone time with the food bowl (she didn’t eat enough today), the old bed and the favourite cat toys. At first she might be uncomfortable with the new place, so better make sure she doesn’t escape.
  2. Once curiosity is obvious, let the cat explore. There should be no more fear. And, what it knows won’t kill it, will definitely be an object of interest. Exploration time is when everything is unpacked and on the right place.
  3. Let things stay the same. As stated, cats are creatures of habit and not fans of change at all. At the new place, make sure to keep feeding at the same time of the day. Keep the same toys and approximately the same place of the litter box, so the cat can get used faster.
  4. Use cat pheromones. If you want your cat to get used to the place even faster, you can spray a cat pheromone product at walls, door, table and chair legs, at cat head level. Or if you don’t want to buy any, you can just use a napkin – rub the kitty’s cheeks and whiskers and smear the napkin on the same places. It might not be as useful though.

Moving with Cats Comes with Bureaucracy

cat tuck and roll

  1. Update ID tags. You have a new address. If the cat wanders out by accident, people should know where to find you.
  2. Visit the local vet. You’ll be having a new GP probably, so the cat should have a new vet. Tell the vet about her medical history, and don’t be shy to address if there’s any weird behaviour. You can find a vet in your locality in the NHS website.

Love Your Cat

sleeping cat

It doesn’t matter if you’re on the move, or not. The more love there is, the better everything will be. How to move with a cat doesn’t have to be a worrying question with the right plan and the right moving company.

Have you had your own endeavour with cats on the move? Tell us in the comments, and share your story.


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