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Pets Have Wishes Too!


Your gift to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland provides direct care to our animal guests in so many ways.  Below is a list of our most-needed and commonly used items.

Looking to shop our wish list online?

Support our local small businesses by purchasing our wish list items through Fish & Bone. Fish & Bone, a long-time friend and supporter of the ARLGP, will even deliver to the shelter free of charge! Shop our wish list at Fish & Bone now >

We also have a Wish List established through Amazon, and if you purchase through smile.amazon.com a percentage of your bill will be donated to the nonprofit of your choosing. View Our Amazon Wish List >


Cat Items

  • non-clumping and unscented clay cat litter (inexpensive brands like Special Kitty are most commonly used)
  • unexpired canned cat food (brands: Friskies Pate, 9 Lives, Fancy Feast)
  • chunk tuna in water (not in oil)
  • dry cat food (Iams and Science Diet are our most preferred brands)
  • cat beds
  • snuggle safe heating discs
  • cat toys
  • cat brushes and combs
  • KMR cans
  • cat scratchers

Dog Items

  • Kuranda dog beds: purchased online and shipped directly to the ARLGP!
  • kongs (durable, washable toys)
  • nylabones (medium and large sizes)
  • rope toys
  • enrichment and interactive toys
  • grain-free treats
  • grain-free dry food (brands: Natural Balance, Canidae, Wellness)
  • grain-free wet food (brands: Natural Balance, Canidae, Wellness)

Small Animal Items

  • toys for rabbits: plastic baby keys, baby rattles, natural grass mats and tunnels
  • timothy hay
  • timothy-based rabbit food and pellets for rabbits & guinea pigs
  • cozy cuddles and pet cozy’s
  • small animal hammocks
  • Aspen (only) shavings
  • care fresh bedding
  • newspaper
  • craisins
  • willow/wicker toys that haven’t been treated
  • water bottle holders

Humble requests from our humans:

  • stamps
  • gift certificates to frequently-visited stores: Hannaford, Shaw’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, WalMart
  • gift certificates to local pet supply stores (view a list of local pet supply and hardware stores that support the ARLGP through our off-site adoption program)

Miscellaneous Items

  • have-a-heart trap (in working condition)
  • general maintenance tools in good condition
  • clean and usable linens: flat sheets, blankets, bath/beach towels, pet beds, pillow cases

Download our Wish List PDF for printing!

We appreciate your generosity and hope you will understand that there are many things that we cannot use and must dispose of.  Disposing of unwanted items can be expensive.

Below is a short list of items we cannot use.  If you have an item to donate that is not on our wish list, please call the shelter directly at (207) 854-9771 to see if we can put your items to good use.

Items We Cannot Use:

  • expired food
  • laundry detergent
  • bleach
  • cedar or pine shavings
  • pellet food with grains
  • small animal cages
  • used litter boxes and scoops
  • pillows and cushions
  • stuffed animals made for humans
  • sleeping bags, electric blankets, mattress pads
  • expired medications (if interested in donating pet medications, please call our front desk at (207) 854-9771 to inquire about medications that we can accept)

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