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. The first few items in each category (highlighted in pink) are those 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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Items indicated with * are high priority for the shelter.


Dogs and Cats:

  • Purina One dry kitten food
  • Gerber baby food – chicken or turkey
  • * Sunbeam Standard Size Heating Pads (no auto shutoff) for kittens
  • * Royal Canin Mother and Babycat canned food
  • Small bites dry dog food (adult or puppy)
  • Friskies canned poultry platter
  • Kitten/Cat nail trimmers
  • Canned dog food
  • Non- clumping cat litter (e.g. Tidy Cat)
  • Towels
  • Large/X-Large Kongs
  • Rope (tug) toys for dogs
  • Nylabones
  • Zuke’s soft dog treats
  • Easy Walk Harnesses
  • Soft brushes (small, baby brushes for cats and kittens)
  • Little Salad Dressing Shaker by OXO
  • * Cardboard box trays, to use for cat litter boxes (the kind canned goods are stored on)

Pocket Pets:

  • Small animal bedding (no cedar) – Aspen or Care Fresh
  • Timothy Hay (bagged)
  • Guinea pig food

Misc. Shelter Supplies:

  • Bleach
  • Batteries (D, AA)
  • Doggie poop bags


  • Copy paper
  • Pens
  • Highlighters (all colors)
  • Staplers and staples
  • Scotch tape
  • Paperclips
  • Binders (larger sizes)
  • Plastic cutlery/plates
  • Postage stamps