We greatly appreciate donations of supplies that directly support the animals in our care and our shelter operations! Donating gently used items is an excellent way to reduce your environmental footprint and carry on a legacy of love from pets who have passed on.

Please ensure donation items are clean and in working condition. Broken and unusable items cost money to dispose of, taking funds away from the animals, so please use your best judgement. We do not have spare parts on hand to fix items.

We are always happy to accept cash donations or electronic money transfers to [email protected] so we can purchase our highest-need items. You can also phone in your donation to 403-250-7377.

  • Opened (kibble) & unopened (kibble and canned) pet food – please tape securely shut prior to drop off. RAW NOT ACCEPTED.
  • Durable pet toys
  • Cat toys / catnip / cat treats
  • Cat trees in good condition
  • Veterinary Medical Supplies (supplies MUST be marked for veterinary use. We cannot accept human medical supplies or expired supplies.) Meds must be in original packaging and not expired. We ask that these be dropped off during our business hours.
  • Pet dishes
  • Dog beds (must be clean and easy to wash)
  • Cat beds
  • Plastic/hard-sided kennels (all sizes) (please ensure all hardware is present)
  • Wire kennels (good working condition)
  • Leashes/collars
  • Grooming brushes
  • Towels / blankets
  • Frozen/raw food
  • Food that is expired past 6 months
  • Human medical supplies
  • Expired veterinary supplies
  • Wood (shavings) bedding for critters
  • Stuffed toys not meant for dogs  – choking / blockage hazard
  • Rusted/broken kennels 
  • Used litter boxes
  • Household items
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Bird or reptile cages and supplies (unless specifically requested)
  • Cushions / upholstery cushions

AARCS partners with SkipTheDepot to recycle bagged bottles and cans, linens, clothing, shoes and electronics! Book a pickup or drop your items at our shelter locations.

AARCS Safe Haven in Calgary is located at:
5060 74 Avenue SE, CALGARY, AB T2C 3C9

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

24/7 Donation Bin Located in Front of Building

AARCS North Haven in Edmonton is located at:
8108 Coronet Rd NW, EDMONTON, AB T6E 4P1

Hours of Operation: Tues-Fri 12pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm

24/7 Donation Bin Located East Side of Building

If you have a large donation amount (truckload), or items that should not be stored outside for a few hours (such as medication), please drop them off inside the shelter during business hours.

If you are unable to drop off at the shelter during our business hours, please contact us to arrange an alternative.


We have several wishlists set up to make it easy to send our most urgently needed supplies directly to our shelter locations. Shop our wishlists below using your preferred platform.

TOP CRITICAL NEEDS:  Pate Cat Food  |  Clumping Litter  |  Dog Enrichment Toys


Doodle Dogs: AARCS Wish-List
You can purchase essential items for AARCS directly from our community partner in Calgary, Doodle Dogs! They will ship items to our shelter FREE OF CHARGE!

Hop Online: Critter Wish-List
Shop locally (Calgary) at Hop Online for Critter supplies and they will deliver straight to AARCS!


  • Hard chew toys (such as Nylabones)
  • Durable dog toys (such as Kong products)
  • Pee pads
  • Bully sticks and other long-lasting chews (no rawhide please!)
  • Treat dispensing toys
  • WYZE cameras
  • Puppy x-pens (48″ or taller)
  • Baby gates
  • PetSafe Easy Walk Harnesses (M/L/XL)
  • Slip leads
  • Pate cat food
  • Carabiners – used to keep enclosures secure
  • Clumping litter
  • Feliway calming diffusers
  • New litter scoops
  • Churu cat treats
  • Garbage bags
  • Cardboard scratchers
  • Kitten milk replacer
  • Timothy hay
  • Orchard grass hay
  • Oat hay
  • Oxbows Adult Rabbit Pellets
  • Oxbows Adult Guinea Pig Pellets
  • Oxbows Simple Rewards Treats
  • Oxbows Critical Care Apple/Banana Pet Supplement
  • Organic Applewood Chew Sticks
  • Large ceramic bowls
  • Timothy hay treats / chews
  • Hills Science Diet or Royal Canin Gastrointestinal diets (canned)
  • Temptations cat treats (any flavour)
  • Baby food (meaty flavours)
  • Low-noise pet clippers
  • Pens (black and blue only)
  • Highlighters (any colour)
  • Dry erase markers
  • Post-It sticky notes
  • Batteries: 9V, AA, AAA and C
  • Wahl Pet Clippers
  • Sandwich sized Ziploc bags
  • Plush cone collars
  • HE liquid laundry detergent
  • Clean towels and linens
  • Heavy-duty exterior zip ties 6″-8″ (used to secure crates)
  • Large hand soap refills
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Dryer sheets
  • Garbage bags – industrial (90L and larger), large clear and white kitchen
  • Blue recycle bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Office supplies, including letter-size paper