I said I intended to give it to a second-hand store. Well, before it got there I found another purpose for it.
My home is a three bedroom rambler, there is no basement, but there is a crawl space under the house.
My furnace is in a small closet off the kitchen. On the floor of the closet there is a vent to that crawl space.
There isn’t much room in there for much more than the furnace but I store some bulk foods there and use it as a broom closet.
“Someone” has nibbled their way into the bag of dog food. I suspect that a mouse/mice have been crawling up through the slats in the vent.
It occurred to me that the somewhat flexible wire mesh of the waste basket could be used to cover the vent.
I used tin snips and cut the mesh down to fit snuggly over the bottom of the vent.
After replacing the vent I haven’t seen any more evidence of rodents sharing my home.