North Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Essex County, New York
We are very grateful to all of the many generous individuals who bring donations to the shelter. Your donations—from kitty litter to bedding to toys to newspapers—help our staff tremendously in the day-to-day task of providing personal care for each and every animal in the shelter. We recognize that each donation, whether large or small, is given with love to support our mission.
Often people ask, “What can we give to the shelter?" "What do you need?” After discussion with the staff, we have compiled a Wish List: the items that are used often by the staff and that are needed for everything from feeding the animals and cleaning the cages to playing with the cats and walking the dogs.
The list below sometimes gives specific details because the staff has learned that certain products or collars or bedding work best in our shelter. As you read the list below, please keep in mind that a roll of paper towels is just as welcome as a bag of kitty litter.
DOG & CAT FOOD
We no longer need food donations because we are now feeding a single brand of food, Hill’s Science Diet, to our dogs and cats. The Science Diet Shelter Partners Program donates all of the food that our animals require.
PetSmart and PetCo Gift Cards
We welcome dog and cat treats, particularly Greenies and other dental treats.
ITEMS FOR DOGS & CATS
Grooming Items: Brushes, combs, etc.
Water Buckets: 4-quart stainless steel hanging buckets
Dog Collars: with buckles (collars with snap locks are not reliable)
Nylon leashes: best are ALL nylon with no chain; we do NOT use retractable leashes.
Dog Harness: a dog harness instead of a collar is often useful for small dogs
Toys: cat & dog toys of all types are great
Frontline Plus: For the treatment and prevention of fleas, ticks and biting lice for cats & dogs.
This is available online from many suppliers as well as locally from your veterinarian. Frontline for dogs is available in different doses based upon the weight of the dog. We do NOT use the dose for X-large dogs. We do use Frontline Plus for small, medium and large dogs.
BEDDING FOR ANIMALS
Kitty Litter: Cat’s Pride is an excellent litter and widely available.
Newspapers: newspapers are always needed for our cat cages. PLEASE remove the color inserts.
Towels: all sizes are needed
Please NO blankets or quilts. They are too bulky for us to wash.
Liquid Soap: such as Dawn, Joy, etc.
Cleaning Supplies: Windex plus spray cleaners for walls & surfaces
Dishwasher Detergent: liquid brands are better than powder
Laundry Detergent: any brand, either powder or liquid
Bleach: any brand
Garbage Bags: 33 gallon size
Paper Towels: all brands
Antibacterial Soap: for hands