Unique Donations Add Comfort, Calm And Cushions To Shelter Pet’s Lives

If you’ve been involved in the world of rescue in any form, you’ve probably also received pleas for donations of money, food, towels, beds, etc.

Courtesy, Knox County Humane Society

But have you ever been asked to donate that old lounge chair that you’ve been planning on dumping?  Probably not.  Yet a shelter in Galesburg, Illinois has taken the internet by storm by doing just that!

The Knox County Humane Society started on this path by posting that “Buster Brown would love a comfy seat after guarding the front desk all day.”  He kept sitting in the chairs with the staff, and there really wasn’t room for dog & human.

And then they thought, why not give all the dogs in the shelter their own comfy chair?  Word got out, and locals collected 11 chairs in one afternoon.  Though neighbors were surprised when they were told the chairs were going to the shelter, they were happy to help the cause.

Courtesy, Knox County Humane Society

The collected chairs were transported to the shelter and placed in the dog runs.  And soon after,  this viral video was born!

Said Shelter Director Erin Buckmaster,

“They love it… they’re so much more relaxed.”

Shelter staff are well aware that the chairs will take a beating.  But as they do, they’ll be replaced by others donated by the community.

For now, each has a comfy chair on which to nap and dream about bones and blue skies; a taste of home while they wait for their furever home.  Staffers are ecstatic at the community’s response,


“Thank you to everyone who has shared and donated! The shelter pets send many licks and purrs of thanks!”

Courtesy, Knox County Humane Society

The Knox County Humane Society is located at 1855 Windish Drive, Galesburg, IL.  If you want to go the usual route and help the shelter with a monetary donation, here’s their paypal link.  All the dogs pictured here are up for adoption and you can check out their other adoptables  on this link!

Check with your local shelter to see if they would be interested, and have the room, to implement this out-of-the-box idea!

Got a new concept to share with shelters?  Let us know at ShelterMe.tv!


Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she's covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She's always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the ShelterMe.tv family!


  1. Sloan Cowart says:

    Such a awesome idea💕. Sharing again on fb

  2. mongibello says:

    Fantastic idea though may be a bit tricky when washing the kennel floor area! The dogs certainly look happy on their chairs!

  3. Lajeanne Leveton says:

    Great idea……I’m sure several will be eaten!

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