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adult cat fostering

Some adult cats become stressed when introduced to cages and do much better when they have the freedom of a home. Fostering these animals involves having them interact with you and your family to help prepare them for their new forever home.


short term placement

We have some people who are between homes and need short-term placement for their dog or cat while getting their home situation worked out. This would be a match situation with no actual involvement by the Animal Orphanage except to arrange the conversation between the interested parties.

orphaned kittens fostering

Sadly, kittens can be orphaned for a number of reasons. When they come into the shelter, they are frightened and unable to care for themselves and they need a lot of one-on-one attention such as bottle feeding them every three to four hours, stimulating them, tending to their litter box and showing them that living in a home is a good thing.

How to help: Get Involved


Donations are always helpful to us and we always appreciate it. Remember the Animal Orphanage is a 501(c) non-profit and your donations are tax deductible.

How to help: About

Personal Check

If you wish to pay by check, please make checks payable to Animal Orphanage and mail them or bring them in to us.

United way

Though our name may not be printed on the United Way form, when you write in 'Animal Orphanage', we WILL receive your donation.

First Giving

Another way to help is through our First Giving account

Mahan's Redemption Center

You can take your returnables to Mahan's Redemption Center and just ask them to credit The Animal Orphanage.

Burby and Bates Redemption Center

You can also bring your returnables to Burby and Bates Redemption Center and have them credit us as well.

How to help: Team Members

More Ways to help

We strive to do it all here at The Animal Orphanage. Our Animal Shelter provides a dynamic work environment where deadlines are met and goals are not only met, but they are exceeded. We work on many exciting initiatives to improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the work we do. Learn about our exciting initiatives, and what we are working on every day in order to promote change.

Donate in other ways

Sometimes it takes very little to make a big difference in the lives of animals. Everything on this list will help to stretch the shelter's very tight budget. The shelter and the animals will be so grateful:
Friskies - Turkey & Giblet Pate, Friskies - Prime Filet in Gravy, Turkey & Chicken, Purina, Adult, Dry, Purina, Kitten Chow, Dry, Canned Alpo or Pedigree, Purina Dog Food, Dry, Cat Toys (Balls, Mice), Paper Towels, Bleach, Tall Trash Bags, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Yarn, Blankets and Towels, Wood Pellets


Please contact the Animal Orphanage if you would like to make a difference in the lives of homeless cats and dogs! As a volunteer you would be helping feed and care for the animals, it is very rewarding for the animals to learn to make bonds.

More ways to donate

Make a donation to sponsor an animal or purchase a membership for the animal lovers on your gift list.
Donate left over yarn for our cat cage rug makers; these rugs provide a lot of comfort to the cats in our care.
Place your change in the Animal Orphanage banks located in Governor's Restaurant, Gilman Falls Dysarts, Pat's Pizza, The Store Ampersand, and Old Town Redemption Center.

Foster Parent Program

The Animal Orphanage Foster Parent Program was first tried on a trial basis and has proven to be very successful. This program involves opening your home and heart to care for the animals who would benefit more from being in a home setting. The Animal Orphanage will provide almost everything needed for the care of these animals. What do the Foster Parents provide? Time, care, love and lots of patience.

How to help: What We Do

Upcoming fundraising events for The Animal Orphanage


We're on WABI TV5 News

Every Tuesday at 6:40 a.m.

Tune in to watch and see some of the wonderful animals who are ready for adoption.

How to help: Events
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