Even if you are not able to adopt a pet from the local pet shelter, you can still help. Many animal shelters are looking for bedding items to provide comfort to the animals. Make sure to call your local animal shelter before donating your bedding to find out when and where to donate. Some pet shelters will allow donations of pillows however, make sure to ask first. Animal shelters are not too picky about donations but no shelter will accept feather pillows or comforters. The animals will rip them up and make a big mess.
Before throwing away any bedding, please check with your local pet shelters or animal rescue to see if they could use the items. You could help comfort an animal in need!