Making dog treats for shelters is one of our favorite activities. It’s fairly easy to do with this dog treat recipe, and it’s a great way for kids to make a difference for rescued animals.
Simple idea: donate homemade dog treats to the shelter
I volunteer in one of the most supported shelters in Los Angeles, Pasadena Humane Society, and even here, we are in constant need of dog treats. We do have boxes of donated dry bones to use, but the animals really swoon over fresh, homemade treats. Not only does it give them a moment of happiness, but it also makes training for sit, lay down, walk, and shake easier for us. And this helps them get adopted!
Ask your shelter if they’re willing to accept homemade treats. If so, I think you’ll find that the animals will really love them.
Easy Dog Treat Recipe:
- 10 cups rolled oats (not quick oats or steel cut oats)
- 2 cups chicken or beef broth/stock (we use vegetable stock because we don’t eat meat in our house)
- 4 eggs
- 2-3 tsp salt (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Warm the broth to just below boil in a saucepan
- Add remaining ingredients
- Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
- Roll dough until ½ inch thick
- Cut into slices or shape (we just cut into squares)
- Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
- Bake for 30 minutes
- Let cool, and place into your donation container or bag
Sharing these with your local shelter:
This dog treat recipe is fairly mild in flavors and add ins, so it helps ensure that most dogs can digest it without any allergic reactions. We recommend sharing this recipe FIRST with your shelter to ensure that the health techs agree that it will be healthy for the dogs.
Getting Kids Involved:
Our shelter is very limited on how kids can get involved because of the safety of both the children and the animals. If yours is too, I hope this gives you a way to feel like you’re making a difference, and gets your kids excited about helping too.
Share photos and tag us at @ForAnimalsForEarth on Instagram or Facebook if you do this! I would love to hear if it’s helpful and see your yummy creations!