It Takes a Pack Program

Formally established in 2021, It Takes a Pack is Animal Aid’s community supply sharing initiative. Throughout the year, it is not uncommon for our shelter to receive cat and dog food and supply donations from generous individuals and businesses that simply go beyond our need or ability to use in a timely manner. For many years, a small but mighty team of volunteers has worked behind the scenes to distribute this surplus to other rescues, groups, and animal guardians. Nevertheless, we’ve continued to see the need for assistance grow within our community, and this program is a direct response to that. Through it, we hope to contribute to a stronger mutual aid network within Portland, whereby access to essential animal care supplies is made available to a greater number of people and the animals they love.

The Pack

Help us collect supplies for the community!

Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10, we’re hosting a donation drive in partnership with a fellow nonprofit and social welfare organizations Aware Food Bank, Dignity Village, Fences for Fido, and Street Roots. Help us collect the following items for families this season*:

For pets:

  • Cat and dog food (canned and kibble)
  • Cat and dog treats
  • Cat toys
  • Outdoor-friendly dog toys
  • Pet blankets
  • Dog jackets (all sizes)
  • Dog booties (all sizes)

For people:

  • Canned goods (soups, fruits, veggies, beans, Spam, Chef Boyardee)
  • Boxed goods (pasta, rice, mac & cheese, Cup O’Noodles)
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Cereal
  • Bottled water
  • Holiday treats (nonperishables like candy)

*PLEASE NOTE: Supply items should be NEW OR GENTLY-USED and in FULLY FUNCTIONAL condition. Food items should be NEW, UNEXPIRED & UNOPENED.

Donations may be dropped off at the Animal Aid shelter Monday through Friday, between 9:00-6:00. If you need to arrange a different drop-off time, please email us at Thank you!


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