Animal Shelter Party
Get the whole neighborhood involved with our
Helper Scavenger Hunt item list.
items from the scavenger hunt list around your neighborhood and
then take party guests to deliver them at your local Animal
Animal Shelter Invitation Ideas
On the front of blank cards (any color)
glue 5 circles to look like a dog paw print. One larger circle
with four smaller circles (toes) at the top.
Call your local Animal Shelter or SPCA and see if they have any
cards you can buy ... they might even have information on their
organization you can put inside the invitations for the
parents to look at and get involved.
Party information can be printed out onto large rectangular labels and
place them on boxes of animal cookies/crackers.
Inside the invitation you can explain what the party is about
and ask if they would bring a donation to the birthday party. This
can be done instead of a present to the birthday child.
Ask for donations of clean used blankets, towels, treats etc.
For fun set out new clean dog dishes with 2 compartments to
hold the guests ice cream and cake
Cut any of these items out with a done bone shaped cookie cutter:
Rice Krispie treats
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Butter
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
9 cups Crispix cereal (any flavor) or Chex cereal
1-1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1. Combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips in a
microwave safe bowl.
2. Microwave for 1 minute then stir to blend thoroughly. Add 1/2
tsp. vanilla. Stir well.
3. Place cereal in a very large bowl.
4. Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the cereal and
toss evenly, making sure all the cereal gets covered with the
5. Coat with powdered sugar, sprinkling evenly over the cereal
and tossing as you sprinkle to cover each piece well.
Animal Shelter Party Activities
Animal Shelter Tour
Call ahead to your
local Animal Shelter and see if they will give tours of their facility
to your party guests. They may even let the children walk a few
dogs or pet some puppies! This would be a great time to drop off
your donated items.
Buy several stuffed puppies and kittens (at least enough for everyone at
the party and if possible a few extra) and set them up for adoption.
Make shelter cages from empty boxes stacked on top of each other
and taped together. Cut a door in the side of the box with "bars"
cut out so the puppy or kitty can be seen through the bars. On the
outside place a tag that states what type of animal it is, male or
female and it's coloring. Let the children adopt the stuffed
animals and name them. This is a fun party favor too! Give
out adoption certificates with the child's name, date and name of the
animal they adopted.
Hire a face painter to come and paint whiskers and animal faces on the
children. Whiskers are easy ... you can probably do it yourself!
Animal Shelter Party
Animal Shelter Scavenger Hunt
all the kids and they are able to help the local animal shelter too!
We've created a list of over 20 items the kids can look for and
then donate to their local animal shelter. You can divide into
teams or since it is for charity send the children out together.
Animal Shelter Scavenger Hunt List
Take party guests to the animal shelter to
drop off the items. Or take a photo of your child dropping
off the items and send it out with the thank-you notes.
Fill a small wading pool with sand and hide small prizes deep at the
bottom of the sand. Give the guests 15 seconds to dig for a prize
(they will have to dig fast and the game will last longer). Once
they are done the next child in line must dig for a prize.
This can easily be expanded into a two team relay race by either setting
up two pools or separating one pool in half (each team gets one half of
the pool) by a string or divider. Place the same amount of prizes
in each half of the pool and have teams race one by one to find a prize.
The team who finds all the prizes first wins the prizes they found and
also a grand prize. (The grand prize can be something fun like
being served cake and ice cream first, or being first to begin the next
Dog Bone Treasure Hunt
Hide either real
Milk Bone dog biscuits or for smaller children bones cut out of heavy
cardboard around the party area. You can give a prize to whoever
finds the most or number the bones and they receive a prize based on the
number they find. If you plan on doing the Animal Adoption
activity you can assign each animal a number and then write the
corresponding number on the bones. Once a child finds a bone with
a number they can keep it or trade it for another one, but they can't
have more then one in their hand at a time. Hide bones without
number also so it will be challenging.
Birthday Ideas for Animal Shelter Party Favors
Jewelry with animals on it
The stuffed animal from the Animal Adoption activity above
Glasses with animal faces
Animal Shelter Goody Bags
Small wicker basket to hold their adopted "pet"