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Most Needed Items for Animal Shelters and Rescues

We often look around our homes and see things we haven’t touched for months gathering dust.

But what if I told you that your old towels, unused pet toys, and even that bottle of disinfectant you bought but never opened could be a lifeline for our four-legged buddies in need?

Animal shelters and rescues on Native American reservations stretch every dollar and resource to keep furry (and sometimes feathery or scaly) friends healthy and happy. Your kindness in donating non-monetary items is a gift that keeps giving.

Let me guide you through what you can share.

Mealtime is always a happy time at shelters and rescues. For many furry residents, it’s the first time they haven’t had to scrounge and scavenge to find a meal. 

For a pet in need, food is more than just nutrients. It’s reassurance that they are loved and in a safe space where all their needs are met. We do our best to provide nutritious meals, but the demand is always high. Here’s where you can help!

  • Dry and wet pet food
  • Puppy and kitten formula
  • Food bowls
  • Pet treats
  • Bird seed
  • Feeding syringes
  • Food storage containers
  • Water dispensers

Keeping rescues and shelters sanitized isn’t glamorous, but it’s necessary for the health and well-being of the animals they care for. A clean space is a happy space!

  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Disinfecting wipes and sprays
  • Mops and brooms
  • Laundry detergent
  • Scrubbing brushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sponges
  • Hand sanitizer

A cozy bed or a fun new toy shows animals in shelters that their comfort matters. Something as simple as a soft blanket can turn a scared pup or a shy kitty into a comfortable, joyful furball.

  • Blankets and towels
  • Pet beds
  • Cat trees and scratch posts
  • Soft toys
  • Chew toys
  • Heating pads
  • Litter boxes and litter
  • Pet carriers
  • Leashes and collars
  • Calming sprays

Animal friends often come to shelters or rescues needing more than love and food. Many need immediate medical care, sometimes as basic as a clean bandage or as urgent as flea and tick treatment. Your contributions are literally lifesavers.

  • Flea and tick treatments
  • Bandages, gauze, and medical tape
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide
  • Eye and ear drops
  • Syringes
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Saline solution
  • Paw balm
  • Vet wrap


I bet you didn’t think about this one! Office supplies help shelters keep everything organized, from adoption records to donation receipts, and allow them to reach out to folks like you. You’d be surprised how a simple notepad can make a day run smoother.

  • Printer paper and ink
  • Clipboards and pens
  • Folders and binders
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Whiteboards and markers
  • Post-its and notepads
  • Calculators
  • Label makers
  • Scissors and staplers
  • Laminating sheets

Give Animals in Tribal Communities a Fighting Chance

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