Please note that monetary gifts are the preferred donation as it allows for APA! to allocate immediate resources to where we need them most, as well as provides critical operating dollars for our clinic and care staff. You can make an online gift here.

Donations from the public make up a big portion of the supplies we use to take care of our animals in the shelter and in foster homes! If you have items at home that you are considering giving to APA!, please check this list to ensure we can make the best use of your donation. Or scroll down to see our Amazon wishlist.


This is not an exhaustive list but includes items we get asked about the most. If there are excess items we do not need in the shelter, they may be provided to foster families or other pet owners in need.

  • Computers that can run Windows 10 and have at least 6 GB RAM

  • Pet and human medications, in the original packaging

  • Any dog or cat food, dry kibble or canned

  • Open bags of food, as long as in the original packaging

  • Crates and carriers, all sizes

  • 6-foot flat leashes and martingale collars

  • Towels, flat sheets, fleece blankets, small comforters

  • Washable dog beds

items we are not able to use:

Please consider sharing these items with individuals or another organization that can fully utilize these donations.

  • Food that is not in the original packaging

  • Homemade treats

  • Rawhide dog chews or animal bones

  • Retractable leashes/ flexi-leads, chain collars

  • Beanie toys

  • Plastic litter boxes or scoops

  • Litter pan liners, newspapers

  • Couch or patio cushions, pillows

  • Duvets, fitted sheets, electric blankets


The donation drop-off area is outside of the Medical Clinic (Building C) of our shelter headquarters at 1156 W. Cesar Chavez. The gates are open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thank you!

Questions? Have an item not listed on our wish list? Have a unique item? Have a large item or appliance? Shoot us an email at [email protected]! You can also find our Chewy wishlist here.

Current Most Needed Items

Cat Programs

Dog Programs

Neonatal Kitten Nursery


Medical Clinic

From treat logs and gentle leaders to kitten scales and clumping litter, you’ll find our wish list is quite eclectic! Our needs vary and change throughout the year; to ensure we’re putting your generosity to best use, we update this list frequently to keep you in the know.

See the Full List

Fresh Step Paw Points

Donate your Paw Points to help keep our cat litter supply stocked!

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Airline Miles/Hotel Points

Donated miles and points help keep our Maddie’s Lifesaving Academy staff travel costs low.


Ways to Give

Austin Pets Alive! relies on the generosity of our community – find out more about the different ways you can support the animals who need us most!