Animal Center Donations

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Monetary Donations

Monetary donations will only be used to directly impact the animals in the care of the Wake County Animal Center.  This includes:

  • Animal enrichment programs and services
  • Advanced medical care
  • General animal care

There are two ways to make a monetary donation:

 Make an online donation here.

Send a check made out to "Wake County Government" directly to the Animal Center at:

Wake County Animal Adoption Center
820 Beacon Lake Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610

Set up a monthly payroll deduction if your company offers this option!

*All proceeds are used, 100%, for the Wake County Animal Center.

Amazon Wishlist

You can help the Animal Center by purchasing an item from our Amazon Wishlist here.

Please note that we update the list regularly to reflect the most current needed items!

Donate a Needed Care Item

Generous community members bring many items to the Animal Center to help the pets in need. Individuals, school groups, service groups, birthday parties, etc., collect these necessary needed items. To best help the animals, we have outlined the items we routinely accept as donations.

Needed & Accepted Items(*all food must be unopened and not past the expiration date)

  • New or lightly used blankets or large towels
  • Canned dog, cat, puppy or kitten food
  • Dry dog, cat, puppy or kitten food
  • Little critter food (rat, rabbit, ferret, guinea pig)
  • New or slightly used indestructible toys in LARGE sizes (such as Kongs and Nylabones)
  • Kitty Litter
  • Soft cat treats
  • Dog treats

Items we cannot accept / use (and we thank you for not bringing to the Animal Center):  heavily soiled or used towels or blankets, hand towels, pillows, pillow cases, sheets, opened or expired pet food, used litter pans or litter scoops, heavily used toys, destructible toys (such as rope toys and stuffed animals), rawhides, bones, antlers, medications or medical supplies, non-animal related items, small animal totes or carrying bags and animal clothing / costumes.

Host a Fundraising Event

Our community graciously hosts many events and designates the Wake County Animal Center as a beneficiary of the event contributions! These have included local pubs, restaurant nights, Girl Scout / Boy Scout / School Group fundraiser drives, etc.  If this interests you or your organization, please reach out to us at  919-212-PETS (7387) or email

Pet Food Donation – Drop-Off Locations

You can make pet food donations to the Wake County Animal Center at one of the following locations. Pet food donations received are shared with our Transfer Partners and families in need throughout the community.

If you would like to be added to the list of pet food donation locations for the Wake County Animal Center, please contact us at 919-212-PETS (7387) or