VolunteerAre you looking for ways to help animals in our community, but already have pets at home to love and can't find time in your busy day to volunteer at the Animal Center? No problem—you can still have a positive impact on lost, surrendered or stray animals in our community by donating to the Wake County Animal Center.
 
puppyHere are some ways you can help: 
  • Sponsor a pet.
  • Donate unopened bags of pet food.
  • Donate new or clean and gently used products (such pet crates, leashes, collars, etc.).
  • Host a special fundraising event.
  • Host a "restaurant night."
  • Donate money which can be used toward enrichment items, medical care and many other needs of the animals at the Animal Center. 

 Donate Money

Financial donations received at the Wake County Animal Center are used for:
  • Animal enrichment programs and services
  • Animal medical services
  • General animal care and welfare
Here’s how to send money:
  • Make checks out to "Wake County Government"
    and mail to:
    • 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 monthly payroll deductions. If you work for an employer that offers an annual Combined Campaign program administered through Triangle United Way or other United Way programs in your area, you can direct your campaign donation to the Wake County Animal Center by writing in the following information in the space provided for "Write-In Agency":

      Wake County Animal Adoption Center
      820 Beacon Lake Drive
      Raleigh, NC 27610
      919-212-PETS (7387)
 

Donate Pet Food

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]
 

Donate Products

Toys (Kongs® and Nylabones®), leashes, collars, blankets, bandanas, towels, pet crates, pet brushes and combs are used extensively by staff and volunteers to care for animals at the Animal Center. Please bring your animal care and welfare product donations to the Wake County Animal Center. [View driving directions]

 

NOTE: We can only accept new or clean and gently used products. If donating a crate, we can only accept crates that are not damaged
and do not have any missing parts.

 
Here is a list of needs for the Center:
  • Paper Towels
  • Treats (unopened boxes)
  • Leashes and Collars
  • Newspapers
  • Cat Litter
  • Small Mammal Supplies
  • Dog Toys (hard toys such as Kongs and Nylabones)
  • Thundershirts
  • Fleece blankets
  • Pet Brushes and Combs
  • Kitten Formula (KMR) – unopened  
  • Puppy Formula – unopened
  • Pet Nursing Kits
  • Pet Crates  
  • Bath Towels
  • Cat Toys (plastic toys that can be sanitized – no fabric)
 

Sponsor a Pet

If you want to help one of our animals find their forever home, 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, call 919-212-PETS (7387).
 

Hold a Special Fundraising Event

During the course of the year, many different groups from the community host special events that graciously designate the Wake County Animal Center as the beneficiary of the event contributions. The Animal Center has benefited from race/walk events, golf tournaments, music events and a host of other special activities. If your group has an idea for a special fundraising event that you would like to host for the benefit of the Wake County Animal Center, please contact Wake County staff at 919-212-PETS or at animalshelter@wakegov.com. We welcome the opportunity to meet with groups throughout the year to review and discuss traditional, creative and innovative ideas for special fundraising events so that we can best align the events with the mission of providing high quality care and services for animals at the Wake County Animal Center. Once the event is scheduled, Wake County will work with the group to make the event a great success for the group and the Animal Center by promoting the event through the County's website, through the Animal Center Facebook page, and through our volunteer network.
 

Hold a Restaurant Event

People have to eat – and Wake County residents enjoy a rich, full and broad selection of restaurants. As such, a “restaurant night” can be a very popular event that can be used to raise awareness and raise funds for critical animal care and welfare issues in Wake County. The "restaurant night" fundraiser gives the restaurant owner or manager the flexibility to select (a) the specific night to target for increased restaurant activity, and (b) the percentage of proceeds to donate to the Animal Center.

Once the "restaurant night" is scheduled, Wake County will work with the restaurant owner or manager to make the evening successful for the restaurant and the Animal Center by promoting the event through the County's website, through the Animal Center Facebook page, and through our volunteer network to get families and friends out to eat at the participating restaurant. If you are the owner, manager or loyal patron of one of the many outstanding restaurants in Wake County, and you want to host a "Wake County Animal Center Restaurant Night," please contact Wake County staff at 919-212-PETS or at animalshelter@wakegov.com.