Our Wish List

Our wish lists are similar to the wish lists of all shelters. Anything donated to Animals for Awareness that cannot be used will be donated to another shelter. If you don’t help out AFA, then please help out another shelter. The animals are counting on you.

To donate items, please call us first at 708.341.0196. Arrangements will be made to either pick up the item(s) or have them dropped off at our facility in Palos Park.

If you wish to order online, we have a wishlist set up directly at Sanctuary Supplies. Orders can be shipped directly to AFA.

Food Items

Grocery Store Items

  • Fresh Veggies and Fruit – (Greens [no iceberg lettuce, please!], corn, carrots, tomatoes, apples, oranges, bananas[!!!], pears, melons, grapes, etc. Between our two facilities, our animals consume over 20 lbs of fruit daily!)
  • Canned Mixed Vegetables – No salt added (mixed peas/carrots preferred)
  • Canned Fruit Cocktail – pear juice or no sugar added
  • Non-Fat Yogurt
  • Frozen Chicken, Whole or Parts
  • Dried Fruit
  • Raisins
  • Fig Newtons (Everyone gets treats! And perfect for hiding medicine in!)
  • Cans of nectar

Pet Store Items

  • Iams Kitten Food – Dry
  • Nutro Max Adult Cat Food – Dry
  • Canned cat food – Any, quality
  • Parrot Food – Low sunflower
  • Rabbit Food
  • Dog Food, Dry (any)
  • Mini Hay Bales
  • Guinea Pig Pellets
  • Chinchilla Food
  • Chinchilla Dust

Specialty Items

  • Mazuri Monkey Crunch, Dry
  • Mazuri Omnivore, Dry
  • Mazuri Exotic Canine, Dry
  • Straw – full sized bales
  • Timothy Hay – full sized bales
  • Frozen Mice/Rats/Guinea Pigs/Rabbits (sorry, reptiles MUST eat too*)

Miscellaneous Items

Cleaning Supplies

  • Bleach
  • Dish Soap
  • Heavy Duty Large Garbage Bags
  • Sponges
  • Paper Napkins
  • Paper Towels
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Nolvasan/Chlorhexadine Solution
  • Laundry Detergent – Dry or Liquid
  • Misc Detergents (409, Mr. Clean, etc…)
  • Dust Pans
  • Brooms
  • Mop heads

Animal Supplies

  • 100 Watt Light Bulbs
  • 150+ Watt Reptile Basking Bulbs
  • Large Water Bottles
  • Litter Boxes, All Sizes
  • Ferret Hammocks/cubes
  • Rawhide Chewies
  • Hanging Parrot Toys
  • Kongs
  • Stainless Steel or Ceramic Food Dishes
  • Kitty Litter – Clay
  • Pine Shavings

Other Miscellaneous Items

  • Large Rubbermaid Storage Bins
  • 50lb Patio Stones
  • Heating pads
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail Clippers
  • Rustoleum Spray (Colors: black & galvanized)
  • Heavy Duty Hoses/Spray Attachments
  • Q-Tips
  • Powerwasher

* We NEVER EVER feed any rescued, deceased pet to another animal. However, snakes have strict diets and need sheltering too. What kind of shelter would we be if we couldn’t or wouldn’t properly care for the snakes too just because of our own dietary beliefs? Most of our exotic carnivores also have meat of one kind or another added to their man-made diet. We believe this keeps them healthier AND happier.