You may have heard a lot of conversation this week about how you should donate your Halloween pumpkins instead of throwing them away. It turns out there is something you can do with your unused pumpkins that can make certain animals really happy.

Squirrels, deer, woodchucks, and even goats really enjoy being able to chow down on a pumpkin. Hudson Valley farm markets often donate their unsold pumpkins to area farms so that livestock can have a seasonal treat. Pumpkins can make a very healthy snack.

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Some farms will leave their pumpkins back out in the field so they help plant next year's crop, but others gather up their leftovers and head for the nearest hungry crowd. It's not just farms that sell pumpkins that do this there are also different businesses that use pumpkins for decoration and also make donations of pumpkins post-Halloween. When those giant orange orbs are left uncarved they make the perfect meal for some animals.

Pets Alive via Facebook
Pets Alive via Facebook

Legoland New York recently gifted their leftover pumpkins to Pets Alive an animal sanctuary in Middletown. Pets Alvie shouted them out for their generosity with a big thank you on their Facebook page. I reached out to Legoland New York to find out how many pumpkins were donated but they hadn't responded by publishing time so we will update you later with that information.

The donation of the pumpkins has been a real treat for the goats who call Pets Alive their home. FYI later this year you should think about donating your real Christmas tree that is a goat treat too.

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So if you still have a pumpkin kicking around why not donate it to a hungry goat? And if you are all out of pumpkins but your still want to help Pets Alive and the animals they care for then think about buying one of the Middletown Hannaford's reusable grocery bags during the month of November. For every bag that gets sold for $2.50 Pets Alive gets $1.00.

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