Our biggest need is dog and cat food. Our food bills are close to $6,000 per year! We feed any good quality DRY food for dogs and cats. We use very little canned food, we only feed that for an animal that is ill or has a dietary requirement.
We also use regular cat litter. Clumping litter is not used in shelter environments as the litter has to be totally discarded every couple of days, so it is not cost efficient.
We do accept monetary donations. There is a special fund set up for our shelter so we may use the funds for medical needs for a pet or for improvements to the shelter. Checks can be made payable to Livingston County Animal Control and mailed to the shelter at 418 S. Highlander Way, Howell, MI 48843.
We also accept towels, blankets (thin ones that can run through a washer), wash cloths and sheets. If a pet won’t eat or destroy a blanket or towel, they will get one to lie on. Our towels and blankets are washed by the prison laundry, so there are requirements on the weights of our blankets, the lighter the better.
We use Kuranda Dog Beds. They are almost indestructible and are great in a shelter were dogs are under stress and like to chew. You can go to http://kuranda.com/donate and have a dog bed sent directly to us! We do take cloth dog beds, but once they are soiled, they will be discarded.
Our pets can always use toys. It will need to be washable or easily sterilized to prevent the spread of disease from animal to animal.
We do belong to VG's new program. If you sign up with them we automatically receive 1% of the total receipt, minus alcohol and tobacco. We'll put those donations to good use. We no longer accept the actual receipt.
We no longer use newspaper. So please take them to your local recycle center.