About the Program

When an animal arrives at a shelter, it has been found as a stray, surrendered or abandoned by its owner, or rescued from a puppy mill. These cats or dogs have no home or owner to love them. They feel unwanted, bewildered, and terrified. Generous Jersey Cares volunteers help ease the pain of this difficult transition by providing comfort to our four legged friends and the shelters which provide a safe haven. Jersey Cares has established the Animal Shelter Helpers program to provide no-kill rescue shelters in need of items for animals during their stay prior to a permanent adoption. As soon as items are received they are distributed to participating agencies. This is an ongoing initiative - there is no deadline for collected items.

Items to Collect

Items may be used but they must be in good condition. The items in need for Animal Shelter Helpers include:

  • Dog food-dry or canned
  • Dog treats
  • Dog toys
  • Collars and leashes for large dogs
  • 3-quart stainless steel dog bowls
  • Cat food - dry or canned
  • Cat treats
  • Cat toys
  • Kitty Litter
  • Cat beds
  • KMR Milk Replacement Formula for Kittens
  • Dust Pans
  • Nail clippers for cats
  • Turbo Scratcher replacement pads
  • 6-inch paper plates
  • Blankets & towels for bedding
  • Paper Towels, tissues, toilet tissue
  • Spray Bottles
  • Scrubber sponges
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Bleach
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Detergent
  • Hand Soap

Organize a Drive

If your office, club or group of friends would like to conduct your own drive please fill out the collection site registration form. If you would like to host a virtual drive or donate online please visit our YouGiveGoods page or contact Meagan Mulligan at (973) 533-1993 for more information.

Agency Recipients

If you are an agency interested in receiving Animal Shelter items, please fill out the agency application form or contact Meagan Mulligan.

Delivery Information

Please deliver or ship all items directly to the Jersey Cares Office:

Jersey Cares

Attn: Animal Shelter Helpers

290 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Suite #1320

Livingston, NJ 07039

This is an ongoing initiative, there is no deadline for collected items.