Thanks to generous donations, the APS of Durham is able to provide care to thousands of homeless animals every year. Listed below are some of the supplies we use, most on a daily basis. Highlighted in pink are items that we use so consistently, we run out of them more often than other supplies. Gift certificates to Petsmart and Staples are always greatly appreciated and allow us to purchase what is most needed at a particular time. Thank you again for your support.

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Dogs and Cats:

  • Small bites dry dog food (adult or puppy)
  • Purina One dry kitten food
  • Friskies canned poultry platter
  • Canned dog food
  • Non- clumping cat litter (e.g. Tidy Cat)
  • Blankets/Towels
  • 42” (and larger) plastic crates & metal folding crates
  • Balls, including old tennis balls
  • Rope (tug) and harder rubber toys
  • Peanut butter (cannot contain Xylitol, as it is toxic to dogs)
  • Nylabones
  • Soft dog treats (e.g. Snausages, Beggin Strips)
  • English style slip leads
  • Adjustable snap collars (all sizes)
  • “Easy Walk” Harnesses

Pocket Pets:

  • Small animal bedding (no cedar)
  • Timothy Hay (bagged)
  • Guinea pig food
  • Finch and parakeet food and treats


  • Peanut butter
  • Beechnut baby food (chicken only)

Misc. Shelter Supplies:

  • Bleach
  • Disinfectant hand soap
  • Poop scoops (2 piece)
  • Latex cleaning gloves
  • Batteries (D, AA, 9V, C)
  • Landscaping mulch


  • Copy paper
  • Pens
  • Highlighters (all colors)
  • Staplers and staples
  • Scotch tape
  • Paperclips
  • Binders (larger sizes)
  • Band-aids
  • Neosporin
  • Plastic cutlery/plates
  • Postage stamps
  • Gatorade
  • Flash Drives