Tokens for Bags® Charities Spring 2017

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags program

Every six months, we support new local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out bags, we give customers the opportunity to donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of their choice. Since 1994, we have raised over $656,798 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations through our Tokens for Bags® program, saving 13.1 million bags from polluting the environment.

Find your local Buffalo Exchange below and check out the charities you can give back to.

New Mexico Pets Alive!
Prosperity Works
Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Fur Kids
Atlanta Food Bank
Clean Coast

Austin Dog Rescue
All Blind Children of Texas
Green Corn Project

Brigadoon Assistance Dogs
Opportunity Council
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities

Boston – Allston
The Second Step
Save a Dog
ReVision Urban Farm

Boston – Somerville
Bug’s Bikes, Inc.
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Empowerment International
Temple Grandin School
River Network

Brooklyn – Boerum Hill
Randall’s Island Park Alliance
Helen Keller Services
Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Brooklyn – Williamsburg
Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue
New Yorkers for Parks
Safe Horizon

Charlotte Family Housing
Arts & Science Council
Second Harvest Food Bank Metrolina

One Tail at at Time
Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Ohio Wildlife Center
CHA Animal Shelter
Ohio Environmental Council

Operation Kindness
Business Council for the Arts
Dallas Parks Foundation

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Life Is Better Rescue
Food Bank of the Rockies

Hazelwood Outdoor Kindergarten
Wiggly Tails Dog Rescue
Friends of Trees

Adoption by Shepherd Care
Humane Society of Greater Miami
Friends of the Everglades

The Women’s Home
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Citizens for Animal Protection

Las Vegas
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Heaven Can Wait Animal Society
Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Los Angeles – La Brea
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

Los Angeles – Long Beach
WomenShelter of Long Beach
Long Beach Spay & Neuter Foundation
Think Earth Environmental Education

Los Angeles – Santa Monica
Heal the Bay
Westside Food Bank

Los Angeles – Sherman Oaks
LA Waterkeeper
Dogs Without Borders
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy

Appetite for Change
Animal Humane Society
Family Tree Clinic

Nashville Humane Association
Safe Haven Family Shelter

New Orleans
Innocence Project New Orleans
Zeus’ Place
Gulf Restoration Network

New York City – Chelsea
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
New York Restoration Project (NYRP)

New York City – East Village
The River Project
Futures and Options
Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition

Red Paw Emergency Relief Team
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Communities in Schools of Philadelphia

Refugee Focus
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Trees Matter

Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation

Portland – Downtown
Friends of the Columbia Gorge
Green Acres Farm Sanctuary

Portland – Hawthorne
Oregon Wild
New Avenues for Youth
One Tail at a Time

Orange County – Costa Mesa
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Save our Beach
Seal Beach Animal Care Center

Orange County – Fullerton
Veterans First Orange County
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

Queens – Astoria
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
Sanctuary For Families
Queens Council on the Arts

Rockstar Canine Rescue & Sanctuary
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Keep Arizona Beautiful

Tucson – Campus
Hermitage No Kill Cat Shelter
Sky Island Alliance
Treasures 4 Teachers

San Diego – Hillcrest
Lucky Pup Dog Rescue
I Love a Clean San Diego
Hillcrest Youth Center

San Diego – Pacific Beach
San Dieguito River Valley Conservatory 
Frosted Faces Foundation
Grazin Pig Acres

San Francisco – Berkeley
Coral Reef Alliance
California Youth Connection
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Envrionment

San Francisco – Haight St.
The Women’s Building
Rocket Dog Rescue
Save our Shores

San Francisco – Mission District
Homeless Prenatal Program
Muttville- Senior Dog Rescue
Pollinator Partnership

Seattle – Ballard
Washington Envrionmental Council 
Orca Conservancy
Mary’s Place

Seattle – U-District
Seattle Aquarium
Child Haven 
Toxic-Free Future

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Humane Society of Ventura County
Food Share

Washington D.C. – 14th St.
Rainforest Trust
Joseph’s House
City Dogs Rescue and City Kittens

6 thoughts on “Tokens for Bags® Charities Spring 2017

  1. My email is to let you know about our rescue organization and ask you to consider adding us to your list of token charities in Austin. Love & Cuddles Pet Respite Care is a short-term pet foster home program run by Catnip Casa Cat Refuge, an Austin, Texas based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are a Gold rated charity on GuideStar. You might have heard about us at Snout by Snoutwest, Lofty Dog, Southpaws, or Tomlinson’s. We are building a really good base of community support and want to continue to spread the message about this need.

    Right now, there are very few resources to address the needs of seniors, disabled individuals, veterans, or other disadvantaged pet owners who love their pets and provide a good home—they just have limited resources. For many of these loving owners, the difficult circumstanced they face didn’t exist 5 10, or 15 years ago. Their pet may now be their only family and companionship. We are all aware of the benefits of pet therapy dogs, service dogs, and emotional support animals of any species. We needed to come up with a program that is a win-win to save a pet and save a family.

    Caseworkers told us that their clients avoid medical care to protect their pets. When there is a crisis and the pet is given up due to lack of family support or resources, the person doesn’t do well. They experience grief and guilt that compromise their treatment. Then, they come home to an empty house only to suffer further from more grief and guilt, which sometimes leads to depression. Often the pets are loyal seniors too and do not do well in a loud, busy, sterile kennel or clinic setting. The person is right to be concerned that their pet may not make it out a live—not even in our wonderful no-kill city. These pets need short-term foster care until they can go home. This program takes the burden off of shelters too, allowing them to focus their services on truly homeless pets.

    Love & Cuddles Pet Respite Care serves elderly, disabled, and disadvantage pet owners and their pets. We keep pets out of shelters when the owners are hospitalized. We partner with community service organizations, such as the Meals on Wheels PALS program—our primary community partner, to keep dogs and cats with their family and reduce the burden on local shelters. These pets have a home and do not belong in a shelter. They simply need a temporary place to stay until the owner gets well.

    We recently compiled a small book about some of the clients to tell their stories. Meet our Love & Cuddles Pet Respite Care guests and read their stories at the link on the website home page.

    Our parent organization, Catnip Casa Cat Refuge, provides rehabilitation and pawspice care to senior and disabled cats. We also facilitate and support TNR programs for community cats.

    Thank you for your time. Please let me know if you have any questions.



    Penny J Leisch
    How to Help
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    1. Hi Penny,

      Thanks for contacting us. We recently selected a new round of charities to benefit from our Tokens For Bags program, but we will next be selecting new charities for the program around May of this year. I’ll forward your information along to our Austin store. If they’re interested, they’ll reach out to you a little closer to May. Let me know if you have any further questions!



    1. Hi Gina,

      To be considered as a recipient of our Tokens for Bags program, I recommend getting in touch with the Store Manager at your local Houston Buffalo Exchange. Stop by 2901 S Shepherd Dr or give them a call at 713-523-8893. Let me know if you have any further questions!



  2. Hi there,

    I have some used clothes, quilt and blanket wanna resell. Do you recycle all those and what the price for it?


    1. Hi Ryan!

      We buy adult-sized men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, but not housewares like quilts and blankets. We have to see all items in person before we can say whether or not we would take them and how much we could price them for, so I recommend bringing your cleanout down to your local Buffalo Exchange along with a government-issued ID. For anything we’re able to take, your buyer will assign it a selling price and you’ll receive 30% of that in cash or 50% in store trade. Hope to see you soon!



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