Want to donate to your local shelter or rescue group but lack funds and time? Why not collect goods needed by shelters from your own home, or those of friends and co-workers? The SPCA of Texas’ wish list of donation items, for example, includes daily shelter needs (towels, blankets, paper towels) as well as canned dog food, treats, and pill pockets, toys, and even canned tuna, apple sauce, graham crackers, and peanut butter. The following are items needed by many shelters. Repurpose some of your home goods and help dogs in need!


Daily Shelter Needs

  • Clean bath towels
  • Blankets
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Baby or pet wipes
  • Canned dog food 
  • Trash bags (all sizes)
  • Window cleaner
  • Q-tips
  • Puppy pads
  • Snuggle Pets



  • Kong toys
  • Nylabones
  • Unstuffies
  • Jolly Balls
  • Lickimats
  • Treat balls and puzzle toys
  • Treat dispensers



  • Nylon leashes (6’ length; all widths)
  • Weiss Walkies training leashes
  • H-Harnesses and easy walk harnesses
  • Thundershirts (all sizes)
  • Armour potted meat
  • Nitrate-free hot dogs
  • Block cheddar cheese
  • Meat and gravy baby food



  • Pill Pockets
  • Pupperoni
  • Beggin Strips
  • Yummy Chummies
  • Freeze dried liver treats
  • Bully sticks



  • Ink pens (blue/black), notepads
  • Copier paper (white or colour) 
  • Post-it notes + highlighters
  • Dry erase markers + spray


Enrichment Program

  • Graham crackers
  • Apples, apple sauce, apple juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Bouillon cubes
  • Squeeze cheese
  • Canned tuna + chicken
  • Bananas
  • Plain yogurt
  • Light cream cheese
  • Small paper Dixie cups
  • 1-gallon Ziploc Bags
  • Dog friendly essential oils
  • Apple corers
  • Scissors + spray bottles



  • Cotton balls
  • Clippers (ConairPRO Dog nail clippers) + blades (size 10 & 40)
  • Dog shampoo (dry and regular)
  • Furminator