playsforpets-1At Vetnaturally, a huge part of our day is to give back to our furry community, either by providing integrative medical assistance to Animal Helper, St. Tammany Humane Society, or working with local shelters to provide medical relief. We are proud to announce our new efforts to give back to those in need. Plays for Pets is a program founded by Vetnaturally. It is a safe toy drive where gently used chew toys and blankets are collected and distributed to shelter pets so they can receive the comfort they need and deserve. This annual campaign will help shelter pets through the holidays as well as all days that they are unfortunately confined with no chance to play. We are excited about partnering with local shelters through this venture and hope you spread the word in your own city or town to grow this effort. No pet should live without the comfort of a playful companion. 

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How it Works
Plays for Pets’ process is easy and accessible for anyone who wants to join in giving back. There are multiple drop offs throughout the Northshore and Southshore. Drop off a gently used chew toy or blanket to the location closest to you (see locations below). The Vetnaturally team collects toys from each Plays for Pets certified location, and brings them to a local shelter once per month, on the third Saturday of the month. Volunteers can feel free to come with the Vetnaturally team to donate the items once per month. The pets enjoy seeing volunteers at the shelter. We will begin making two trips per month in November in preparation for the holidays. See our Plays for Pets calendar here.


Plays for Pets LocationsPlays for Pets’ locations are dispersed throughout the Northshore and Southshore. See below for a list of locations:


  • Emma’s Shoes Mandeville
  • Pelican Athletic Club
  • Elevation Station Northshore
  • Gordon’s
  • Coffee Rani
  • H2O Salon
  • Plays for Pets
  • Pure Barre Mandeville


  • H2O Salon & Spa
  • Emma’s Shoes Metairie
  • City Greens Old Metairie
  • Pure Barre Old Metairie
  • Iron Horse Clothier
  • Susan Geoghegan State Farm
  • Elan Studio & Showroom
  • Outsource Marketing


Certified Plays for Pets ItemsThe following items are certified for Plays for Pets. See below for a list of products:

  • Dog Chew Toys
  • Rope Toys with knotted ends
  • Tennis Balls
  • Kong type durable Toys in all sizes
  • Cat Toys
  • Ping Pong ball type Cat Toys
  • Crinkle type Cat Toys
  • Laser Toys
  • Blankets


Safety Toy Police

Safety is of extreme importance.  We can’t take the chance that one of these shelter pets would get hurt playing with our donated items.  For this reason, we will enforce a strict safety policy.  The below items will not, can not be accepted:

  • NO string
  • NO ribbon 
  • NO rubber bands 
  • NO children’s toys 
  • NO scented toys 
  • NO Rawhides
  • NO scented toys
  • NO Toys that have suction capability
  • NO broken or ripped toys


Become a Plays for Pets Drop Off Location

Join us and become a certified Drop Off Location

We would LOVE for you to join us on this exciting adventure.  The more people involved, the more animals we help. Simply complete the form below to become a Plays for Pets Drop Off Location. Criteria includes the following:

  • Easily Accessible Entrance
  • Handicap Accessible
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Become a Contributing Plays for Pets ShelterWe currently drop off Plays for Pets items to the current shelters:

  • St. Tammany Parish Humane Society
  • St. Francis Animal Sanctuary
  • Abita Animal Shelter

Simply complete the form below to become a certified Plays for Pets Shelter. 

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Become a Contributing Plays for Pets CityGet your city involved. Complete the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours to approve your processes and city for the Plays for Pets program.

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