Wish List items: Individual

In-Kind Thanks

A girl scout troop from Taylor (pictured) received the highly prized Bronze Award in scouting for their 5-month collection drive to benefit our shelter animals.

The scouts filled a trunk with 32 hand-made cat comforters, water bottles filled with treats, cat and dog toys, and bags of food. They also donated a $100 gift card from Pet Supplies Plus from dollars raised at school. The secret to their success? A desire to help shelter animals and the creative use of social media and Facebook to involve the community. Terrific job girls!

If you are inspired by the story to help the animals and have a creative drive or fundraising idea, please contact Andrea Kuentz at akuentz@dearbornanimals.org or 313.943.2697.

The Animals Are Wishing For . . .

From cat litter to computer paper, and from postage stamps to puppy toys, we are always in need of items both to work efficiently and to create the best of homes for our rescues while they wait for their forever families.

For example, if you have newspapers that just keep piling up, bring them on over! We clean and line cages multiple times a day and can always use newspaper. So, consider recycling your black-and-white newspaper pages with us.

Wish-list items may be dropped off directly at the shelter. Or, for more information, call us at 313.943.2697.

Remember that all in-kind gifts are 100% tax deductible.


  • Leaf rakes and brooms
  • Laundry soap (powder)
  • Science Diet kitten food
  • CD player(s) and CD’s (bird sounds and music) for our cat rooms
  • Washcloths, towels, blankets (used, but clean)
  • 6-foot leashes
  • Small buckle-type dog collars
  • Martingale (limited slip) dog collars (6-10 inch, 10-14 inch, and 16-24 inch)
  • Handmade cat comforters
  • Bleach

We Can Always Use

  • Batteries (all sizes)
  • Heartworm preventative
  • Black & white pages of the newspaper
  • Forever postage stamps
  • Prepaid gas cards
  • Gift Cards from Costco, Home Depot, Lowes, Petco, Petsmart, Pet Supplies Plus, Target, and Walmart

Dog Stuff

  • Canned adult dog food (Science Diet brand only)
  • Dry and canned puppy food (Iams and Science Diet brands only)
  • Powdered chicken or beef bouillon (for putting on treats for the dogs)
  • Soft dog treats
  • Hot dogs (for training and evaluating)
  • String cheese (for training and evaluating)
  • Kong & Kong fillers (spray cheese)
  • Raw hides
  • Pig ears
  • Cardboard multiple cup carriers from fast food establishments (game for dogs)
  • Dog toys (plush & squeaky).  $1 store kind is fine
  • Collapsible dog crates
  • Clostrong cloth & nylon collars (all sizes)

Cat Stuff

  • Canned cat food (name-brand meat varieties)
  • Dry (Iams, Science Diet, or Purina) and canned (Iams, Science Diet minced) kitten food
  • Dry cat food (Iams, Science Diet and Purina brands only)
  • NutriCal
  • KMR kitten formula
  • Cat litter
  • Cat carriers & collapsible cat-condo cages
  • Plastic toys
  • Cat harnesses

Medical Supplies

  • Little noses saline solutions
  • Conform bandage material
  • Gloves: Rubber/plastic/disposable latex
  • Clipper blades for Oster A5
  • Nebulizer
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Anti-fungal cream
  • Lubricating jelly
  • Artificial tears
  • Eye wash
  • Lens cleaning tissues
  • KMR formula
  • Baby food (meat varieties)
  • Microwavable heat pads
  • Little noses saline solutions
  • NutriCal
  • E-collars (all sizes)

Cleaning & Clean-up Supplies

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Laundry soap (powder only please)
  • Paper towels
  • Brooms
  • Construction trash bags
  • Trash bags (15- and 39-gallon sizes)
  • Gallon & quart sized storage bags
  • Wheeled garbage cans

Office Supplies

  • All sizes of binder clips
  • Printer cartridges for HP 61
  • Facial tissue

Behavior and Training Center Needs

  • Folding chairs with padded seats
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