We are supporters of our community’s largest local animal foster network, Independent Animal Rescue. IAR provides care and adoption services for homeless animals, serves our communities through promotion of spay/neuter for all companion animals and educates children and adults in the humane care, respect and responsibility for animals on this earth.

We’ll likely be visiting your home between now and the new year. If you’d like to help foster animals in your area, buy some items from the list below, gather them up and we’ll take care of delivering them to IAR. If you had your eye on one of the large items, drop us a line and we can tell you the ship-to address, if you would like. And if you live in an apartment building, go easy on us and stick to treats, kongs, and gift cards, would ya? Thanks!

Hey, why not get your office or neighborhood involved? Use your neighborhood listserv and be a drop-off location. Every little bit will help make the next year easier for the animals and those working hard to find forever homes for our community’s forgotten.

How You Can Help


Dog beds

Dogs love to rest their head on a raised surface. So bolster beds are favorites.

Wire crates: 42″ / 48″

We’ve found these 2 brands to be the most sturdy:

Walk-through gates

Dog Toys

(Not rawhide, which may cause blockages: Rawhide Bones and Treats for Dogs: Risks and Benefits – Healthy Pets)


Food Storage Containers



  • Any kind of (ideally, high-quality) cat & kitten dry and canned food, particularly:
    • Royal Canin Mother & Babycat Dry Cat Food
    • Fancy Feast Kitten Tender Turkey Feast canned food
  • Yesterday’s News cat litter
  • Unscented clumping litter
  • Cat carriers
  • 48″ wire crates: any brand is likely fine, as cats can’t bend the wires!

More Ways To Help

If you are a North Carolina State employee, a Federal employee or a Durham city employee, you can help Independent Animal Rescue through designated workplace campaigns.

One of the ways you can donate to IAR is to go shopping! A portion of your sale will be returned to IAR when you make purchases through certain online retailers. This costs you nothing, and makes the world of difference to a couple of lucky animals. Find out more about Shop to Help

Auto-donate to IAR with AmazonSmile! Rather than shopping through amazon.com, you go through www.smile.amazon.com. Just choose Independent Animal Rescue to support, and each time you shop, .5% will be donated to IAR. (Read about choosing a charitable organization to support).

If anyone would rather choose a gift certificate, please specify which items you would like to be purchased and IAR will send the donation receipt once items are received. And that way items can be purchased while they’re on sale!


  • Storage Facility ($250/month)
  • FeLV/FIV test kits ($350/month)
  • Heartworm Treatment ($250 per dog)
  • Full Sponsorship of a Dog ($300)
  • Full Sponsorship of a Cat ($150)


IAR is a 501-c3

All donations to IAR are tax deductible. An acknowledgment of your donation for use as a tax-receipt will be sent within 6 weeks. If you do not hear from IAR within 6 weeks, please send an email to to make sure your donation was received. 

Federal Identification Number (EIN): 56-1951483

Most of all, IAR needs you! Do you have time to give or a little room in your home to foster? Find out more.

Thank you so much in advance for your help! Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Wendy Bernhardt, IAR Foster Liaison