Can't adopt? You can still help shelter pets

Posted July 13, 2016 6:18 p.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2018 12:39 p.m. EDT

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Pet ownership is not right for every household, but there are ways that everyone can help homeless pets.


This is one of the best ways you can support homeless animals and the people who care for them in our community! From dog walkers, to kennel cleaners to envelope stuffers and event volunteers, no task is too small!


This is also one of the ways you can help make the biggest impact for homeless pets. While some animal shelters are taxpayer-funded, some private shelters and rescue groups are donor-funded. For non-profit groups, how many animals they can save and the amount of staff they can provide all depend on donations. Shelters can also benefit from people donating items on their “Wish Lists” such as cleaning supplies, specified brands of kitten and puppy food.

General Wish List Items

Gift cards to pet stores and/or office supply stores

Dog or cat treats (unopened)

Cat toys (ex. Kongs or plastic toys)

Dog toys (ex. Kongs or large Nylabones)

Cat litter

Fleece blankets/bath towels

Wet cat/kitten food

Bleach/cleaning supplies

General office/shelter supplies

Help a shelter near you

Wish List: Wake County Animal Shelter

Wish List: SPCA of Wake County

Wish List: Durham Animal Protection Society

Wish List: Orange County Animal Services

Wish List: Safe Haven for Cats

Vance County NC Animal Shelter Wish List

Donate to the Paws4Ever store

Wish List: Harnett County animal shelter

Wish List: Cumberland County Animal Control


Familiarize yourself with animal laws in North Carolina and the candidates running for office. Politicians ultimately set the rules for how animals are protected, what is defined as “cruelty,” and what the potential punishment is for violating those laws. Be a voice for the animals.

Spay/Neuter your pets

Each year, millions of pets are euthanized in shelters across the country due to pet overpopulation. There simply isn’t enough space to take in every stray animal. By spaying/neutering your own pets, you can help reduce the amount of stray and homeless pets in the community.