AWS Wish List

Thank you for standing beside us as we help animals in need!

Donating food or supplies is a great way to help the more than 10,000 pets that receive care at AWS over the course of a year. Each and every item from our wish list makes a huge difference and supports our life-saving mission.

Visit our Online Wish Lists


Important notes about our online wish lists:

  • Neither Chewy or Amazon tell us who sends the donations so 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 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, supplies) at the designated spot in the front of the Adoption Center.

Top Ten Wishes
Cats and KittensDogs and Puppies
  • Dry Purina One (kitten)
  • Dry Iams food (puppy)
  • Canned Purina One poultry flavor (kitten)
  • Canned Purina One (adult)
  • Dry Royal Canin 34 Babycat
  • Dry Purina One food (adult)
  • Canned Friskies or Fancy Feast Pate (adult)
  • Plush/Stuffed Dog Toys, Medium and Large
  • Dry Whiskas or Purina One food (adult)
  • Nylabone DuraChews, Medium and Large
  • Cat Nip Pillows and Toys
  • Bones and Natural Chews
  • Loose Cat Nip
  • Bully Sticks
  • Jingle Bells & Toy Mice
  • Dental Treats, such as Greenies
  • Treats, such as Pounce brand
  • Soft Treats, such as Pup-peroni
  • Scoopable Cat Litter
  • Canned Cheese
  • We ask for specific brands because keeping our animals on one brand of food during their stay avoids upset stomachs. Other donated pet food (such as Old Roy and store brands) are gratefully received by local food pantries to assist area pet owners in feeding their pets.

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

    Other Important Needs


    Have a Supply Drive

    Gather friends, coworkers and family members and collect items from our wish list. Supply drives are great way to celebrate your birthday, bond with your colleagues or have fun as a family. And they make such a difference to the pets here at AWS!

    If you collect a large number of items, please contact us in advance to schedule a time to stop by. We like to celebrate your kindness and generosity and might be able to snap a picture or two with an animal! 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.

    Download our Wish List for your supply drive!


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Q. What about linens? I have a lot of bedding to donate.

    Thank you for asking. Linens are generally accepted on a case-by-case basis. If you are looking to donate linens or bedding, please note we only utilize CERTAIN kinds. When we are running low and when we have sufficient storage space****, we are happy to accept:

    • Towels (bath, hand or face cloth)
    • Pillow cases (NO PILLOWS, PLEASE!)
    • Fleece blankets (throw-sized or smaller)

    We ask that you make these donations in a secure plastic bag.

    *** We have limited storage space at our facility. If you are planning on donating a large quantity of linens, we kindly ask that you call us first, so ensure we can use them right away or have the space to store them for later. Thank you!

    Q. Can you repurpose larger blankets, quilts or comforters?

    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.

    Q. Can you accept opened bags of food?

    In most cases, yes, if it is one of our preferred brands or a specialty food that we have an immediate need for. Please give us a call in advance if you would like to donate an opened bag of specialty food so we can let you know if we’ll be able to use it right away.

    Q. Can you accept prescription medication or food?

    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.).

    Q. Is there anything you can’t accept?

    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.

    • Pillows or Cushions
    • Mattress Pads
    • Bedding sets, comforters, quilts and large/heavy blankets
    • 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. Disposal fees take away funds that could be better used for animal care so we appreciate your understanding!

    Q. I have items that aren’t listed here but I think AWS can use them.

    If you have items you wish to donate that are not on this list and are wondering if we can use them, Please CALL US FIRST at (207) 985-3244 ext 200.

    Thank you for your generous support!