County animal shelter needs help with its Christmas wish list

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published December 21, 2015

 Donors can choose from wish list requests small and large, from toys to dog beds, to have sent to the shelter.

Donors can choose from wish list requests small and large, from toys to dog beds, to have sent to the shelter.

Photo provided by the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

“There are certain times of the year when we need different things, like baby bottles and formula, things like that,” said Joanie Toole, administrative supervisor at OCACPAC. “We can always use cat litter; that’s a given. And we definitely always need canned dog and cat food.

We use that when there’s an increase in cases of kennel cough, and the animals are stuffed up and not eating as well.”

Of course there are some more fun items on the wish list too, like toys, treats and even sound machines to play soothing music for the furry guests.

Luckily, Toole said there are a lot of Santa’s helpers living in Oakland County, and the shelter is seeing a welcome increase in donations.

“It seems like we’ve been getting something every day, so I bet that amounts to 30 donations,” she said.

Auburn Hills resident M.A. Dustman has made more than a few purchases from the shelter’s list this season. The bona fide elf has bought treats, toys, a sound machine and other goodies for the animals. She thinks the Amazon Wish List is a great way for people to not only do some good for the shelter, but also have a little bit of fun with their donation by actually shopping for gifts instead of just making a monetary contribution.

“They’ve made it affordable for anybody, because you can do anything from a toy all the way up to a bed,” Dustman said. “And because they have the link on their Facebook page, it’s easy to share. I shared it with my friends in hopes they would turn around and think of their own pets being so lucky and contribute to those that aren’t.”

For a link to the OCACPAC Amazon Wish List, visit the shelter’s website at www.oakgov.com/petadoption. You can also find the shelter on Facebook for a link to the list and other donation opportunities.

The Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center is located at 1700 Brown Road in Auburn Hills.