Here at WIN we have a LOT of animals to take care of- from Bears to Bobcats we have a little bit of everything.. Which means we always need a little bit of everything in our pantry! Often times the volunteers purchase groceries for our animals, and we get occasional grocery store donations of old and un-sellable foodstuffs, but sometimes we need a little bit extra.
Below is a list of general food, materials, toys, building supply’s, maintenance and enrichment items that we always appreciate receiving from the public. Often times we find people surprised at what kind of creative things we can do for our animals out of the old food and junk laying around your kitchen or garage.
We please ask that all food items not be rotted or molded- past expiration is fine, even for grain and cereal products and even candy, snacks, fruits, vegetables and most other food items. Often times what we can’t eat animals can with no problem, just as long as it is not rotting. We ask that any garden items (such as grass, trees, leaves or other organic items) to only be donated if they have not been treated with pesticides.
Food Items: There is very, very very, (we mean it!) little food that we can’t find a use for and we are always looking! Here is a list of food items we use in bulk every week that are crucial to continue feeding our animals:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Grapes (usually seedless)
- Spinach, mustard greens, arugula and other greens
- Boiled eggs (peeled or otherwise)
- Corn on the cob (uncooked)
- White Potatoes
- Peanut Butter
- Dry snack foods (any cereal, pop tarts, granola bars, pasta, cookies etc.)
- Fish, pork, beef, poultry, venison etc.
- ANY nuts (Peanuts whole or shelled, walnuts, almonds, coconuts..)
- Dried goods and fruit
- Dog treats or bones
- Old freezer foods- popsicles, juice, fish, old meat etc.
- Ziploc or similar containers for keeping food stored
- Wood skewers
- Knives and cutting boards
We also accept any forms of road kill, hunting game or game left overs. We ask that roadkill be in decent condition (aka not torn apart and in MOSTLY whole condition, basically anything you’d be willing to put in a truck is in good enough condition). We also take old frozen RAW meat such as poultry, beef, pork, venison etc.
Enrichment Items: These are any kinds of objects that may make good toys for our animals.
- Tire Swings
- Fire Hose
- Old or torn up porch swings
- Dog toys
- Dog or Horse brushes
- Any hard plastic toys such as balls and teething rings (no metal parts please)
- Stuffed animals (stuffing only, nothing with beads such as Beanie Babies please)
- blankets, comforters, and pillows
- baby bottles, any size
- Hard plastic baby pools or old sand boxes
- Pieces of chain or rope
- Anything from the garden that has NOT been treated by pesticides such as leaves, grass clippings, tree limbs or branches, herbs, home grown nuts and produce
Habitat Maintenance: These are items that we use to improve the quality of our animals habitats and make them comfortable during climate and season changes, as well as to keep them clean and maintained year round.
- Old dog houses or Igloos
- Porch umbrellas, with or without the stand
- Wooden houses or enclosures
- 2×4′s or wood that could be used to build ramps
- Garden tools: Shovels, rakes, hoes, hand held scrapers etc.
- Watering cans
- buckets of any size or width
- Buckets that can act as water buckets, or troughs, such as livestock feed buckets, galvanized pans, metal bowls, hard plastic pet bowls or wide plastic buckets
- Simple Green (This is the only chemical we can use to safely clean animal buckets so we use a LOT of it)
- Doggy pooper scoopers
- Rope, bungees, chains or locks
- Straw- We can always, always, ALWAYS use straw, especially in winter. We use it as bedding in almost every cage, even for the tigers
- Aquariums and terrariums of any size,
- clean terrarium decorations
- Heat rocks and lamps
- NEW reptile bedding
- Plastic Barrels
Construction: We are almost always in the process of building new and improved enclosures for our animals, and because of this we are always collecting building supplies.
- HELPING HANDS!! We can always use people experienced in building and construction to help us raise enclosures. It’s a tough job so the more the merrier.
- Telephone poles
- Wire fencing
- Chain link fence
- nails, screw, etc.
- Dog KENNELS
- Concrete, gravel or sand- either by the bag or truck load
- Usable lumber (6×6, 2×4, 4×4, 4×6)
- access to gunnite machines and/or supplies
Cleaning and Hygeine: It’s a dirty job caring for so many animals and there’s a lot of cleaning to be done every week (dishes, cages, terarriums, etc.)
- Simple green
- Dish soap such as dawn
- scub brushes and pads
- rags and towels
- rubber and dish gloves
- buckets, 1 gal or more
- vinegar and/or baking soda
- kitchen cleaning wipes, such as chlorox wipes
- hand sanitizer
- disinfecting wipes
- mouse traps
- small, foldable stools (for when we sit outside to scrub buckets)
- mop buckets
- wet wipes
- aquarium thermometers
We appreciate any and all donations- and of course we take cash in all forms ;)
If you’d like to donate your time, or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please feel free to go to the contact us menu and make a phone call or email inquiring about volunteering opportunities.