Donations FAQs

Some of our most frequently asked questions are about what we can and cannot accept as donations. Most inquiries can be quickly answered here, so please read through before reaching out. Thank you!

What donations do you accept?
  • monetary donations are needed most. Cash allows us to purchase exactly what is needed, often at a quantity discount.
  • We accept unopened pet food and treats.
  • We accept new and gently used blankets (with no stuffing or batting), towels, flat sheets, leashes and collars, toys (no catnip), cleaning supplies and some office supplies.
  • We are sometimes able to accept pet medications and medical supplies, but it depends on what it is. Please email us >> to check if we can use what you have.

Please visit our Wishlist >> to see what we are in need of most.

Do you have a wishlist?

Yes, we have a wishlist >>. There you can find food, supplies and enrichment items for cats, dogs and small animals. We also have wishlists on Amazon and Chewy where the items can be conveniently shipped directly to the animals.

Amazon Wishlists

Chewy Wishlist


When and where can I drop off my donations?

You can drop items off at our Menands Animal Care Center any day of the week between 10 am and 4:30 pm. We leave donation bins outside the front doors for contactless drop-offs. If you require assistance from a team member, please knock on the door for help.

Please note that masks are required for all interactions.

How do I make a gift in honor or memory of a person or pet?

The easiest way to make a tribute gift is by donating online >>. The online donation form allows you to make a gift in honor or memory of a person or pet. Please provide a name and mailing address so we can send a notification of your gift to the person you designate.

If you choose to come down to the shelter, you will be asked to fill out a form regarding your donation, and whether there is a tribute. If so, please be prepared to provide a name and mailing address so we may send a notification of your gift.

And don't forget to wear a mask!

Are you accepting bottles and cans?

We are currently accepting bottle and can donations. You can drop them off at our Menands location at any time. Please follow the parking lot all the way past the Animal Care Center to our utility building, and drop your bottles and cans as near to the fence as you can.

If you have any other questions or concerns related to donations, please feel free to email us >> for the quickest response, or call 518.434.8128.

Thank you for thinking of the animals!