Don’t want to donate online? No problem! – The staff and volunteers of Anne Arundel County Animal Control have developed a wish list of items that the shelter can always use. Checks and pet store gift cards can be mailed to:

  • Friends of AACAC, P.O. Box 45, Millersville, MD 21108

If you prefer to purchase items rather than donate money to Friends of AACAC, your donated items can either be:

  1. Brought to Anne Arundel County Animal Control, 411 Maxwell Frye Rd., Millersville, MD 21108
  2. Mailed to Yvonne Hall, Kennel Supervisor, at Anne Arundel County Animal Control, 411 Maxwell Frye Rd., Millersville, MD 21108

If you are wondering what our top priorities are, we would suggest the flea/tick medications (including Capstar) and/or kitten and cat food. Thank you so much!

  Cash or checks made payable to Friends of AACAC, Inc. – Because Friends of AACAC can buy many needed items in quantity, and sometimes at a special discount because of our nonprofit status, a monetary donation is always welcome and can be the best way to get the most “bang for your buck.” We also need funds to pay for vet visits that save the lives of shelter animals who cannot receive adequate treatment at the shelter, which does not have a vet on staff, and to save up for some of our “dream” projects.

Pet store gift cards – Used by the shelter staff when they need to purchase smaller items very quickly, such as supplies for an exotic pet that has been given up to the shelter without proper food and/or bedding.

Prescription-strength brand-name monthly dog and cat flea and tick preventatives — Frontline Plus, Advantage II or Revolution. For dogs, please purchase the “extra-large dog” size only. No “house brand” flea products, please. Almost all of the hundreds of stray animals who arrive at the shelter during the warmer months are infested with fleas and/or ticks.

Novartis Capstar – a pill that rapidly kills all adult fleas on infested animals. This is used to kill fleas on newly arrived animals before they are given longer-lasting flea treatments. The shelter needs many, many boxes of these in both sizes (Capstar Blue for cats and smaller dogs and Capstar Green for larger dogs).

Dog brushes — FURminator or Miracle Care brushes for dogs, various sizes and hair lengths. Brushing gives the dogs tremendous pleasure as well as improving their appearance and helping us gain their trust, but we do not want to share brushes between dogs without sanitizing each brush.

Pet bedding for little critters – Used in the cages of the many smaller pets who come to the shelter, such as gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits. A good example on Amazon is Natural Pet Bedding by Absorption Corp. We also welcome pet food for smaller animals.

Kitten Milk Replacement (KMR) liquid (in 11-ounce cans) by PetAg – much better prices if purchased by the 12-pack case online. A life-saving product for underaged kittens, some of which are only days old when arrive at the shelter without a mother.

Kitten wet food – cases of wet food such as the 3-ounce cans of Fancy Feast Kitten Tender Ocean Whitefish Feast or Iams Proactive Health Kitten Pate with Gourmet Chicken.

Cat wet and dry food — We also welcome donations of similar better-quality wet and dry food for older cats to supplement the food provided by the shelter under a “low bid” contract. Please note: The shelter does not use any animal food that contains red dye because it can look like blood in an animal’s stool, which is monitored for signs of health problems. Food that is donated that contains red dye is distributed by the Animal Control officers to needy pet owners in the county.

Cat and dog carriers — Friends of AACAC donates cardboard cat carriers to people who adopt a cat or kitten from the shelter but did not bring a cat carrier with them. We use the Oasis brand airline-approved strong cardboard carriers because cheaper ones fall apart. The shelter also gladly accepts used or new plastic cat and dog carriers of all sizes.

KONG fillings — Cans of plain pumpkin without added ingredients and/or the KONG Stuff’N Easy products.

“Stretch & Scratch” cat scratch pads — sized to fit into the shelter’s cat cages, purchased in quantity – these must be replaced when a new cat goes into a cage, but they offer immense satisfaction to the confined cats.

Unscented baby or cat wipes – Some cats like to sit in their litter pans and it would be nice to be able to clean them off, especially before they are shown to potential adopters.

Dog toys — The shelter receives many donated toys and is unable to use most of them (they do not go to waste, but are given as gifts to adopters, donated to needy pet owners or otherwise shared). The reasons why are that the animals are not constantly supervised and if they tear a toy apart – and some can quickly shred even the toughest fabric toys – the broken toy is both a choking hazard to the animal and also can easily clog the floor drains that are in each of the dog cages. We do use a few very sturdy toys as well as tennis balls in the outside play areas, where the dogs are constantly supervised. Large-size or extra-large Kongs can be left in the dogs’ cages, but Friends of AACAC can purchase them directly from the manufacturer for about one-fifth of what they cost in a store.

Jolly Pets Tug-n-Toss – This is a heavy-duty chew ball with a handle; large ones are used to entertain horses, so they are strong. The shelter’s administrator recommends these.

Cat toys — Toys for cages must be new, small and washable, such as inexpensive small round plastic balls with bells inside. Toys at the end of sticks are discouraged because some younger visitors will poke them at the cats. Catnip can overstimulate some cats, so the shelter does not use any item that contains catnip.

Dog leashes — For walking dogs at the shelter, we like the Kong Traffic Dog Leash, which has a shock-absorbing material that makes walking stronger dogs easier. The shelter also can use simple leashes and collars of all sizes to give people who adopt a dog but did not bring a leash and collar with them.

Dog collars — The shelter only uses martingale-style dog collars with snap closures; we welcome more of any size from petite to extra-large. An example of this style on Amazon is the PetSafe Premier Quick Snap Pet Collar.

Old towels, blankets and comforters – The shelter puts a fresh clean towel in the bottom of each cat’s cage each morning, so that alone amounts to several loads of laundry daily. Clean old blankets or comforters are put in the dogs’ cages unless they are known to shred them. We also can use small dog beds in good condition. The Shelter does not have a use for old bed pillows or fitted sheets, but it can use flat sheets.