At Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control we rely on donated goods to help make each animal's stay as stress-free and quick as possible. While we are a municipal shelter supported by city funds, not all aspects of our programming are supported through our budget. All of the supplies for our foster program, humane education program, toys, treats, enrichment supplies, canned food and so much more is only possible because of generous donations from our community. Check out what items we need most here at the shelter and our Amazon wishlist.
YOUR TRASH IS OUR TREASURE
Below is a list of common household items we would love:
Toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls - We use these cardboard rolls to make enrichment treats for our dogs.
Plastic grocery bags - We use these when our volunteers are scooping our cats' litter boxes.
Egg cartons - We use these to make cat and dog enrichments.
Tissue boxes - We also use these in a similar way as the egg cartons.
Empty yogurt containers - We use these to grow cat grass in.
ITEMS WE CANNOT USE
Below is a list of items that we cannot use here at the shelter.
Thank you so much for thinking of us! We appreciate your support.
Pillows - hard to wash multiple times in our machines - can also be ripped up
Large Dog Beds - unable to fit in washing machines properly
Comforters with filling - dogs rip it apart and stuffing becomes a hazard
Fitted Sheets - we DO need flat sheets!
Cat Trees/Towers - cannot be properly disinfected for new cats to use it multiple times
Crocheted Blankets - nails get snagged/stuck in the holes
Pet Clothing - putting clothes on animals can be a scary experience in the setting of a shelter where they are already confused/scared
Prong, Choke or Shock Collars
Broken crates, cages or aquariums
While we are always in need of wet dog and cat food, we do not need dry food donations since we have a partnership with Hill's Science Diet. All donations of dry food is taken to Humane Fort Wayne's Pet Food Pantry that gives community members pet food free of charge. You can learn more about that program on their website.