Supporting Local Rescues

Our local rescues and shelters do so much good in our community and help support so many cats, dogs, rabbits, and turtles! These organizations get their funds mostly from fundraiser events like the Strut for Strays and Wiggle Waggle Walkathon. Large events like those happen once a year with some smaller fundraisers scattered throughout the rest of the year. The funds raised through these events go a long way in helping feed and care for all the animals in these shelters and rescues. Despite the fantastic support, sometimes these organizations fall on hard times or run short on certain supplies.

The following lists show what supplies each organization commonly needs. If you are ever in doubt about what to donate, you can always contact them to find out what they are in need of most at that moment. If you aren’t able to donate supplies, many of these rescues have a way to donate money on a one time or even a monthly basis. Fixed Furlife and the Quinte Humane Society are always looking for volunteers to foster cats. If you are in a position to help, you can submit a foster application for Fixed Furlife on their website or for the Humane Society you can stop in to drop off an application.

Fixed Fur Life


  • paper towels
  • dry/wet kitten food
  • soft fleecy blankets
  • kitten toys
  • puppy pads
  • KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) formula
  • unscented, clumping litter

Loyalist Humane Society


  • canned cat food
  • garbage bags (large and small)
  • paper towels
  • dishwashing liquid
  • laundry detergent
  • bleach
  • all-purpose cleaners
  • cat toys
  • cat beds
  • clean blankets
  • grocery bags
  • Canadian Tire money
  • liquor bottle returns (they return them!)
  • sponges

Quinte Humane Society


  • non-clumping cat litter
  • canned pate cat food
  • toilet paper
  • paper towel
  • garden hose and power nozzle
  • bleach
  • hand sanitizer
  • printer paper
  • heavy duty garbage bags
  • Sunlight dish soap
  • KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) powder formula
  • new brooms
  • mop heads (4020/4016)
  • heating pads
  • stainless steel water buckets
  • cat carriers
  • nail clippers
  • floor squeegee
  • dog and cat toys
  • clean towels, blankets, and sheets

Turtle Trauma Centre


  • paper towels
  • hand sanitizer
  • examination gloves
  • Lepage Ultra-gel super glue
  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper
  • scrub brushes with handles
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • interlocking floor mats
  • silver, gold and black sharpies
  • small hand sanitizers
  • rubber-backed entry mats
  • heavy duty, extra strength garbage bags
  • coloured electrical tape (not black)
  • Noma 8 1/2″ clamp light fixtures
  • stainless steel flip-top garbage containers
  • laptop computer with Windows 10
  • selection of sizes of lab coats and scrubs
  • Canadian Tire gift card
  • 5 heads of lettuce/week (not iceberg)
  • Metro gift card
  • Sobey’s gift card
  • JP Weld epoxy or Lepage marine epoxy

Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre


  • spring mix greens
  • romaine lettuce
  • apples
  • unsalted walnuts
  • almonds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • dried cranberries, raisins
  • hook and eye latches
  • postage stamps
  • heavy duty work gloves
  • butterfly nets
  • oat bran, wheat bran, wheat germ, cornmeal
  • pressurized water misting bottles
  • 8 ½ x 11 heat sealed laminating pouches
  • SIFTO Premium rock salt (for water softener)
  • Brother labeller refill (12 mm TZE-231)
  • heating pads without auto shut off
  • extra large industrial garbage bags
  • bird seed (wild bird seed, sunflower seeds)
  • bleach, dish soap
  • empty toilet paper rolls or small cardboard boxes (ie tissue boxes, frozen food boxes, cereal)

Let’s show these rescues a whole lot of love and support so they can keep their doors open for as long as needed! If there are other shelters in your area, look on their website or give them a call to see what they might need. Also, keep your eye out for special fundraising events where donations are needed!

Logos of various local rescues

Written By: Kelsey Hewgill, RVT


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