Volunteer: Can you donate time each week to assist us with kitty care, socialization and cleaning? Volunteers are needed for this important duty, twice a day, 365 days a year! We request a one shift per week commitment. If you are 18 or older, you may volunteer on-site; volunteers ages 12-17 can volunteer on-site with a parent or guardian during that shift. Help OARS with fundraising and other special projects.

Please email to see how you can assist!

Download Volunteer Application (PDF) Download Volunteer Application (Word doc)

Foster a homeless pet: Fostering is a rewarding experience that saves lives. We need more foster homes – simply put, the more foster homes we have, the more pets we can save. All it takes is a little time, love and a spare room.  We prefer that foster cats are cared for in a separate space than your personal cats.  OARS provides food and medical care for the foster pets. To inquire about fostering cats, please email

Promote Spay and Neuter programs!  It’s the only way to effectively address pet overpopulation and ultimately save lives.  Check out the Spay Me Clinic!  Their website offers details about their transport program from Madison, WI to the Fox Valley.  Their clinic offers high-quality, low-cost services for pets.


United Community: Simply register your credit or debit card(s), shop at participating Fox Valley businesses (there are a LOT, with more being added each week!) and they donate a percentage of your purchase to OARS – all at no cost to you!  Learn more here – simply search for Orphan Animal Rescue:

Ready Set Rescue: Creative ways to help homeless pets – subscribe to the magazine here:

Join our Facebook page! Click here to become a fan!

Collect Pennies for Pets! Set out a donation canister or sell candy or other small items at your workplace to help homeless animals. Collect change to make a change!


Coordinate a cell phone drive! All cell phones will be recycled through GRC and the proceeds will help OARS pay for supplies and veterinary care. Just collect used cell phones – no accessories, please, then drop in the Adoption Center lobby box or in the Donations bin at the back of our building.

Collect used brand name ink cartridges! We will recycle them and collect money when we send them in. Drop them off in our Adoption Center lobby box or in the Donations bin at the back of our building.

weight circleCollect Purina Weight Circles! Cut these off your Purina food bags and bring them to the Adoption Center. We send them in and get credit towards vet care and pet food!


Attention E-bayers! Simply select Orphan Animal Rescue as the recipient organization of a percentage of your sale – then they automatically donate the money into the OARS account – it’s that easy! Learn more at

Donate pet-themed crafts! OARS is happy to accept pet-themed crafts or other homemade goods to sell at expos and events. We’d encourage you to include a business card or brochure with your items so we can acknowledge you and your business. Some people have made blankets, hats, mittens, scarves, dog coats and pet toys. Please contact us at if you are interested in contributing.

Host a supply drive at work, school, church or anywhere else! We’re always in need of litter and high-quality foods for the animals in our care. We often have sick, nursing or baby kitties who need canned food. See our complete list of needed items on our Wish List


Shop online for OARS on! Just use to shop hundreds of your favorite retailers, like Old Navy, Gap, Barnes & Noble, Macy’s and more! When you register, select Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary as your beneficiary. A percentage of each shopping “trip” you make goes to help the homeless pets of Orphan Animal Rescue. Get your free account at

Shop online for OARS on Amazon Smile! Just go to and select OARS as your charity of choice.

Become a community partner! Offer a discount, donation or other support for those who visit our Web site, and we’ll advertise your support and drive business your way. Or donate materials/goods for resale to help the cause. More About Partnerships

Thank you for your interest in helping homeless pets through Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary! We could not help them without you!