Here are some ways you can help:

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 many ways to donate:
  • 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
    (All proceeds are used, 100%, for the Wake County Animal Center.)

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


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!

Sponsor a Pet or Event

Sponsor a Pet:

If you want to help one of our animals find their forever homes, you may want to consider sponsoring one of them! As a sponsor, you help a Wake County Animal Center pet find a new home by prepaying a portion of the adoption fee.  For more information, please call us at 919-212-PETS (7387) or email

Sponsor a Special 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

Needed Care Items

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. During certain times of the year, we will put out pleas for help if our donations get low in certain areas (such as crates, bedding, etc.).  Please keep up with us on our Facebook page.

Needed & Accepted Items:

  • New or lightly used blankets or large towels
  • Canned and unexpired dog, cat, puppy or kitten food
  • Unopened and not expired bags of dog, cat, puppy or kitten food
  • Unopened and unexpired bags of little critter food (hamster, rat, ferret, guinea pig)
  • New or slightly used, indestructible toys (such as Kongs® and Nylabones®) – we REALLY need the larger sizes!
  • New and unopened kitty litter
  • New and unopened bags or boxes of soft cat treats and any kind of dog treats
  • Newspaper
Wake County is a member of Hill’s Science Diet® Shelter Nutrition Partnership that provides free food for a select number of animal shelters throughout the nation – and Wake County is a proud member of this program. While the food needs of animals at the Animal Center are met through the Hill’s program, we still accept animal food donations at the Animal Center, and these items are made available to our fabulous rescue partners, which help us to find homes for more than 1,000 animals per year.  You can make a donation at several food donation locations throughout the county, or you can bring your food donation items to the Wake County Animal Center. [View driving directions]

Items that we are unable to accept include:

  • Heavily soiled or used blankets or towels
  • Hand towels, pillow cases, pillows and sheets
  • Opened or expired food
  • Used litter pans or litter scoops
  • Heavily used toys or any destructible toys (such as stuffed animals, rope toys, etc.)
  • Rawhides, bones or antlers
  • Medications or medical supplies
  • Non-animal-related items (such as clothes, shoes, household items, etc.)
  • Small animal totes or carrying bags
  • Animal clothing or costumes