Thank you SO much for considering a donation to CHS—your generosity is greatly appreciated! Our extended, detailed Wish List is active (a bit further below) and here are some of the key items that we can always use:


Gift cards

  • Grocery stores (we use these to purchased fruit and veggies for our rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and exotic animals!)
  • Large retail stores like Walmart, Canadian Tire, Superstore (we use these to purchase miscellaneous supplies like weigh scales, batteries, grounds keeping equipment, etc.)
  • Pet supply stores, preferably Petland (these are particularly helpful for Foster Parents who take exotics—we send them with a gift card to buy things like crickets and meal worms! And speciality items—think heat lamps for reptiles or pumps for aquariums!


Toys!…notably, ones like

for the Dogs:

Toys of all kinds! “Indestructable” and treat/kibble-dispensing are best! Many of our dogs are “busy bees” and cannot have toys like stuffies. These sorts of toys keep their brains and their bodies active—we NEVER have enough of these types of toys!

  • KONG Goodie Bone
  • Premier Biscuit Block
  • Petsafe Busy Buddy Chuckle
  • Petsafe Busy Buddy Barnacle

for the Cats:

Simple are best! They need to be easy to clean/disinfect, fit nicely in kennels and travel easily to Foster Parents’ homes! (i.e., toy fabric mice, plastic balls, knotty knots, etc.)

for the Rabbits and Exotics:

Metal and wood toys that clip easily onto the rabbits’ kennels and offer them something else to play with. They love the cat toys (ball or barrel) with the bells inside! We would also love to have some unopened bird toys for our avian friends! We also need unopened wood chews for our small critters.

Right now we need: hanging parrot toys and rope perches of all sizes


Food & Treats!

We do have a very specific list of brands/types we can accept due to recent recalls as well as Animal Health considerations…certain brands can cause upset tummies and many animals have sensitivities or allergies to consider!

for the Dogs:*

  • HILLS Prescription Digestive Care I/D or HILLS Prescription Skin and food Sensitivities D/D Wet or Dry
  • Liver bites (chicken or liver – Benny Bully’s brand) *High need item
  • Science Diet Hypoallergenic treats (Hypo-treats) and Hills Prescription Diet Dry and Hills Prescription Diet Canned
  • Cheese Wiz – KONGS are filled with kibble and then sealed with these treats every night for a pre-bed snack!
  • Esibilac puppy milk replacement (Pet Ag brand) purchased from any petstore
  • Yummy wet canned dog food (Pedigee, Cesars and Iams) *High need item

*You may be considering donating rawhide, pigs ears, nylabones, hooves, or bully sticks, however unfortunately we cannot use these in our shelter setting due to risk of choking or obstruction, contamination with bacteria (Salmonella, etc.) or toxins, and gastrointestinal upset.

for the Cats:

  • Royal Canin Diet High Energy Feline wet GASTRO,HYPO,S/O Wet or dry
  • KMR milk replacement (Pet Ag brand)can be purchased at any petstore
  • Yummy wet canned cat food (Friskies Pate, Fancy Feast, Whiskas) *High need item

for the Rabbits and Exotics:

For our small animals, we are very limited in what we can provide them due to potential gastrointestinal sensitivities. Specifically, we can accept items from Oxbow Animal Health Products. Your best bet is to provide grocery and pet store gift cards so that we can buy produce and speciality items when we do have these special residents in-shelter!



Per usual standards, we are looking specifically for towels, flat sheets, fleece and blankets. We do not use fitted sheets or knit blankets (with big holes or tassels) here at CHS. If it is not too much to ask, can we please have you place the towels/sheets/blankets in a clear or labelled bag so we can easily sort the items out. Unfortunately, we cannot accept crochet items as the claws get caught in the fibres.


Standard CHS Wish List

Thank you so much for taking a look at our “wish list” of items that we need here at CHS! We update this list as our needs change, so please do keep checking on what we truly need! Storage space here at CHS is limited, so we do need to ensure that we are getting in the most important things for a specific time.

Those items bolded below are currently high-need items!

Also, please do check with us if you have something not on this list you think we might be able to use. If we say that we cannot use it, we do ask that you please not bring it here to the shelter as it requires staff and volunteer time to sort…and sometimes dispose if we cannot use here.

  • Carpet – Brand new, cut into 12″ x 12″ pieces
  • Cat food (WET food only—Fancy Feast, Friskies or Whiskas brand)
  • Cat toys
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Dog toys (we REALLY need the nice, indestructible ones—i.e. products by KONG)
  • Flat sheets, flat sheet and more flat sheets! (please no fitted sheets since animals can get tangled in the elastic)–we eat these like candy when we have puppies in the shelter since puppies make a LOT of poop…and sometimes sheets can’t be “saved” even with our industrial washers!
  • Dryer sheets
  • Harnesses and Double Ended leashes for foster parents
  • Ice cream pails (empty, clean) or NEW plastic containers WITH lids, 2L (we send foster animal food and cat litter home in these and we are running low!)
  • Lint rollers
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Litter: clay, NON-CLUMPING and pelleted, recycled newspaper type and must be new/sealed (this is VERY important that the litter is non-clumping as clay, clumping litter can cause blockages for our cats if ingested!)
  • Litter boxes, CLEAN and preferably without lids
  • Mammalac (kitten); purchased from veterinarian
  • Mammalac (puppy); purchased from veterinarian
  • Measuring Cup (1-cup increments)
  • Metal Scrapers
  • Saran Wrap
  • Scales: kitchen weigh scales (for weighing up to 1 kg; typical digital scales go up to 5kg and that’s perfect!) and bathroom scales (small or large)
  • Sponge scrubbers/Pot scrubbers
  • Spray Bottles: Heavy Duty
  • Towels (LARGE)
  • X-Pens (for Foster Parents)

Wish List Items for Foster

  • Double ended leashes

Wish List Items for Grooming

  • Metro “Forced Air Dryer”
  • Grooming nuse for dogs

Wish List items for Admissions

  • Leashes
  • Collars of all sizes
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Digital Cameras

Wish List items for Animal Health

  • Applicator sticks (cotton tipped; Q-tips with wooden stick)
  • Batteries: 9V (used for scales, microchip scanners, and ophthalmoscope/otoscopes)
  • Canned Medical Diets (especially Gastro (Royal Canin High Energy GI Canned), A/D diets – we order these the most!)
  • Exam Gloves: Non-Powedered
  • Laundry detergent (hypoallergenic; liquid or powder for the machines in our surgery suite)
  • Mailing labels 4” x 2” (use for our prescription labels)
  • Medications (please call first with the details of a medication donation before delivering so we can quickly confirm we can use in-house!)
  • Sterile (unopened) syringes (1 cc or 3 cc)
  • Sterile (unopened) needles (22G x 1”, 25G x 5/8”, 20G x 1”)
  • USB sticks (these are used to transport large x-ray files between clinics)
  • 2″ vet wrap
  • Ziplock baggies – of all sizes

We Cannot Accept

  • Clumping cat litter (please see above; we love cat litter…it just needs to be the right type to keep our cats healthy!)
  • Caninsulin syringes
  • Dialysis Equipment
  • Duvets
  • Electric blankets or sleeping bags
  • Human Pillows
  • Cushions
  • Garden furniture
  • Open food (we just cannot confirm there has not been any cross-contamination or that the food has not gone stale; if we do accept an open bag, this will be offered to another rescue organization that would like to accept–we would not use it here at CHS)
  • Rabbit or guinea pig cages
  • Used brushes, toothbrushes or grooming supplies*
  • Used plastic dog or cat dishes*
  • Used cat scratching posts*

* You might be wondering why we can’t use some of these items and it is because the vast majority of these used items cannot be properly disinfected to use in-shelter or in foster homes!

Please do not bring items we are not able to accept. We appreciate your continued support!