COVID-19 Relief Effort is responding to requests from shelters and local government animal organizations regarding their preparation and response needs for the COVID-19 pandemic.  Critical food and supplies are required throughout the country to ensure these items are available in affected areas. Animal welfare professionals are encouraging pet retention and fostering in these uncertain times as many families face the loss of income and shelters are seeing an increase in surrendered and at-risk animals.   


At this time, we are requesting the following items. (list updated as of 5.1.20)


  • Disposable litter boxes
  • Automatic cat feeders
  • Pet food (dog and cat, dry and wet are needed) The most urgent priority is dry cat food
  • Litter
  • Wire Crates - medium to large
  • High value enrichment dog toys such as puzzle boxes and Kongs
  • Martingale collars, no buckles, M-L
  • Litter pans and scoops
  • Pelleted horse feed
  • Small animal feed
  • Bird food
  • Reptile food
  • Leashes


To donate please contact Melissa Vecera, Director of In-Kind Operations, at disaster response staff are serving an essential logistical support role through the sourcing and distribution of common products requested (see list below). In cooperation with our national partners, is reporting or filling unmet needs. At this time, is requesting the assistance of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) to provide these vital, life-saving supplies that are desperately required to keep people and pets together, or animals out of shelters as we head into kitten and puppy season. 

We ask your Association and partners to understand that we are filling direct, critical requests and can only receive items that are identified below due to limitations in warehouse space, shipping availability, etc. We cannot accept unsolicited offers to donate items not listed below. Note, that some funding for shipping may be available. Do not hesitate to let us know if you will require funding for shipping costs to be able to offer the critical support requested and we will review on a case by case basis. Thank you, in advance, for your attention and consideration.