Donate Things We Use in the Shelter Through our Amazon Wish List:
Financial donations are generally the most helpful to our animal care operations, but there are also some specific items we need. These items can be donated through our Amazon Wish List as we are not currently accepting any items in person at the shelter due to COVID-19. We update our Amazon Wish List as our needs change, but these items are guaranteed to be ones that we will use in our shelter. They will deliver directly to us, but sometimes the donor information doesn't come throughh clearly (or we only have a name that we can't match up in our system), so if a receipt is important to you, just give us a call or send us an email.
Make a Financial Donation:
Find out how to make a financial donation to support the animals on our donations page.
Things We Cannot Accept:
Unfortunately, we receive many well-meaning donations of things that we cannot use. These items must be disposed of at our expense and this takes staff and resources away from the animals. Things that we cannot accept include:
- Pet food – After many years of feeding primarily donated food, the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter has elected to transition to feeding the animals in our care a consistent diet that we purchase, rather than a variety of brands received though donations. This will lead to less stomach upset and allow us to only keep the amount we need on hand, preventing spoilage and waste. If you would like to help feed animals at our shelter, please consider making a financial donation through our website. All monetary donations go directly to animal care. We may also occasionally have specific food or treat items on our Amazon Wish List.
- Homemade pet treats – We are certain that they are delicious and made with love, but we are unable to accept homemade treats as they may spoil more quickly without preservatives and we have no way to verify the ingredients.
- Pet or human medications – We are not able to accept any medications. Please visit the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services page on Medication, Needles and Other Medical Waste for tips on appropriate and safe disposal.
- Used litter boxes or other items that have had pet urine on them.
- Pillows, blankets, and other bedding (including pet beds) – These items are too large for our kennels and tend to cause havoc with our laundry machines.
- Anything soiled, worn out, or in need of repair.
If you have new and unopened food that you would like to donate to animals in need, please consider donating Fido Pet Food Bank. Please call them at 503-655-FOOD (3663) or visit their website at FidoAniMeals.org to learn about available options to drop off donations.
Used household and pet items in good condition can be donated to a local thrift store. If you want your goods to help animals, there is a thrift store benefiting Cat Adoption Team. Their website is CatThriftStore.org and they accept donations by appointment at their location in Raleigh Hills. Please visit their website for more information.