We are in the midst of that time of year when lots of shops, restaurants, and other businesses are decorated for the Fall season, but what are you supposed to do with those decorations after the season ends?

Rather than just letting your pumpkins rot on the front porch, why not donate them to a good cause and bring some joy into an animal's life?

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According to Elevate Packaging, in the United States each year after all our Fall festivities are over we waste a lot of pumpkins.

Over one billion pounds of pumpkin per year to be exact!

But let's say instead of wasting your leftover pumpkins from the Fall, you could donate them to a local zoo.

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Photo by Dmitry Chernyshov on Unsplash
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Did you know, because I did not, that old pumpkins can make great treats and play toys for animals that live in a zoo?

I always thought pumpkins and animals didn't mix, then again I'm no animal expert!

Where In New Jersey Can You Donate Your Old Fall Pumpkins?

There are actually a few options if you're looking to donate your pumpkin after it's served its purpose.

According to Patch, Out Of Sight Alpacas, is accepting old pumpkins for their animals, and they're located at 416 Wells Mills Road in Forked River.

You can also take your old pumpkins to Bamber Villiage Farm located at 2326 Lacey Road in Forked River, just bring them right up to the end of the driveaway.

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Also, Patch says that the Popcorn Park Animal Refuge is accepting pumpkins for their animals to use as toys and treats between 9 AM and 5 PM.

What Kind Of Pumpkins Can I Donate To Local New Jersey Zoos And Farms?

The big thing, according to Patch is that these pumpkins can't have any paint on them, and should be uncarved.

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If you're curious about what to do with carved pumpkins from this year, they do make great compostable items and are also tasty snacks for any creatures running around in your backyard.

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