Food & Supplies

Your kind donation of food and supplies helps us support the care and wellbeing of 10,000 pets each year.

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Thank you!

Donating food and supply items from our wish lists makes a huge difference and supports our life-saving mission. Thank you for helping us help pets in need!

BIGGEST NEED RIGHT NOW: Purina dry cat food and wet kitten food.

Wish List Items

Here are our most important needs and the items we use regularly. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Dogs & Puppies

  • Bully sticks
  • Canned cheese
  • Interactive treat/kibble dispensers
  • Soft treats, such as Pup-peroni
  • Hard treats, such as Alpo Variety Snaps
  • Nylabone DuraChews (medium & large)
  • Bones and natural chews
  • Canned Purina One (adult)
  • Dry Purina One (adult)
  • Mendota 6 ft. ⅜” slip leads
  • Adaptil products (including plug in refills, sprays and collars)

Cats & Kittens

  • Dry Purina One (kitten)
  • Canned Purina One poultry flavor (kitten)
  • Dry Royal Canin 34 Babycat
  • Canned Purina One (adult)
  • Dry Whiskas or Purina One (adult)
  • Cat Nip Pillows and Toys
  • Loose Cat Nip
  • Jingle Bells & Toy Mice
  • Treats, such as Pounce brand
  • Scoopable Cat Litter
  • Miracle Nipples w/ Miracle Brand Oring Syringe (for feeding orphaned kittens)
  • Feliway products (including plug in refills, sprays and collars)

Rabbits & Small Animals

Would you like a reminder of our preferred food and supply brands? Download our Visual Wish List!

Why do we ask for specific brands? Keeping our animals on one brand of food during their stay avoids upset stomachs and helps the pets stay happy and healthy. Other donated pet food and supplies (such as Old Roy and store brands) are gratefully received by local food pantries to assist area pet owners in feeding their pets.

Other Important Needs

While we always need food (for our resident pets and for the pet food pantries we supply), there are many other items we use every day.

Visit our Online Wish Lists

Giving made easy! By shopping from one of our online wish lists, the food & supplies you purchase are shipped directly to our doors.

Important notes about our online wish lists:

  • None of these online retailers share the name or contact information of the purchases/donor. Thus we are unable to express our gratitude directly. If you want to let us know your donations are coming or are in need of a tax receipt, please contact us.
  • Amazon may not deliver certain wish list items due to the fact that we have two zip codes (physical address: Kennebunk, 04043; mailing address: West Kennebunk, 04094). Unfortunately, the issue is largely out of our hands as we have no way of knowing which items will be flagged as undeliverable by Amazon. We apologize in advance should you run into this issue and recommend you consider shopping at or sending us a gift card of comparative value. Thank you for understanding!

Drop off Wish List Items

Thank you for stopping by with your gift for the animals. We ask that you drop off your in-kind donations (food and supplies) at the designated spot in the front of the Adoption Center. You can also come into the Adoption Center if you’d like a donation receipt or would like assistance bringing the items from your vehicle.

Host a Fundraiser or have a Food & Supply Drive

If you are planning to or have raised funds and/or collected food and supplies, please use tell us about it! We like to celebrate your kindness and generosity and may be able to snap a picture or two with a pet when you deliver the proceeds of your fundraiser! For children, we like to schedule a personalized Hero Tour when they make their gift, so they can see first hand how their donation makes a difference. We look forward to working with you to make your fundraising endeavor a successful one! Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for reading our frequently asked questions and for your generous support! If you have items you wish to donate that are not on the lists above and are not covered in these FAQs, please CALL US FIRST at (207) 985-3244 ext 200.

It’s very good of you to think of us. While we do use newspapers daily to line the kennels, right now we have a large back stock of donated paper and we are unable to safely store any more. We will update this message if/when we are in need of newspaper/newsprint again. Please consider bringing your excess newspaper to your local recycling facility.

We can use stain-free towels of all sizes – from face cloths to bath towels. We can even use beach towels. Please be sure that your towels are free of any holes, rips or loose threads. If they are torn or have holes, we cannot use them, for the safety of our animals.

Unfortunately, no. It’s a wonderful idea to cut up large comforters and blankets into kennel-sized pieces, but we do not have the capacity or need to do so. It’s also safest for our animals not to have loose threads or open edges on their bedding. Consider donating your larger bedding pieces to a social services agency that supports people in our community.

Yes, we can. Depending on the medical needs of the pets at AWS and those that are seen at our Community Veterinary Clinic, we may be able to use it. If we do not have a pet with those medical needs at the time of your donation, we can hold on to it until it expires. Please understand that we cannot take expired food, expired medications or human liquid nutritional supplements (such as Resource, Ensure, Boost etc.).

Thank you for asking. Please continue reading. We are able to accept SELECT linens on a case-by-case basis. Note that we sometimes cannot accept donations due to limited storage capacity*. We are grateful for the gesture; we sometimes simply do not have the space to store excess linens. Thank you for understanding.

When we have sufficient storage space, we accept towels, pillow cases (NO PILLOWS PLEASE) and throw-sized fleece blankets. We cannot accept or utilize comforters or bedspreads. 

* Because we have limited storage, if you are thinking of donating a large quantity of linens or simply want to know if we can use them before you drive here, please feel free to  call us first. Thank you!

Please consider local social services non-profits such as Maine Needs, if you have bedding, such as sheet sets or comforters to donate. Other area animal rescues and/or wildlife rehabilitation centers may be able to use your linens, especially towls, as well.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept opened bags of food. We also prefer that food is donated in the original bag. Thank you for understanding.

Yes, and we thank you for asking. We are unable to accept the following items due to usability, safety, storage restrictions and laundry facility limitations.

  • Newspaper/newsprint
  • Pillows or Cushions
  • Mattress Pads
  • Bedding sets, comforters, quilts and large/heavy blankets
  • Bath Mats
  • Large dog beds (new or used)
  • Food bowls
  • Litter boxes
  • Cat scratching posts
  • Animal crates
  • Small animal habitats

AWS incurs a tremendous expense to dispose of items that are dropped off that we cannot use. While we are incredibly appreciative of your thoughtful gestures, not all pet items that are used in a home can be used in a shelter and clinic setting. For the safety of our animals, large bedding items and blankets cannot be repurposed. We cannot accept pillows and we cannot safely use open food. Disposal fees take away funds that could be better used for animal care so we appreciate your understanding!


For more information, please contact our Development Office via email or telephone at (207) 985-3244 ext. 200.

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