Wildlife Wish List: How You Can Support Us Through In-Kind Donations

By: Bobbi Brink

At Lions Tigers & Bears, we are dedicated to providing a loving and caring lifetime sanctuary for our diverse animal residents. Our mission is to provide a safe haven to abused, neglected, and abandoned animals, and your support is instrumental in making this mission a reality. You can support us through cash gifts or through in-kind donations. If you're considering this form of support, this guide will help you understand what in-kind donations are and how you can contribute to our sanctuary’s official Lions Tigers & Bears Wish List.

What are In-Kind Donations?

In-kind donations are non-monetary contributions made to nonprofit organizations. They generally take two different forms:

  1. Goods: Goods are tangible, physical items that include a wide range of items, like food, clothing, medical supplies, office equipment, or other donated goods that an organization can consume in their day-to-day operations.
  2. Services: Services come in the form of work or expertise provided by individuals or businesses. This could include professional services like business planning & administrative operations, food prep, greeters, video creation, visit guide assistance, legal services, construction, plumbing, enrichment creation, animal care, intern or any other skill set that can benefit the nonprofit.

The good thing about in-kind donations is you can tailor them to specific needs. LTB has a list of specific items that you can donate to help support the day-to-day operations, care, and wellbeing of our animal residents. Be sure to check with your CPA to see if your donation is tax deductible.

What to Contribute

If you're considering making an in-kind donation to our animal rescue, sanctuary and education center, here's a breakdown of the types of gifts you can bring:

For Our Animals


Lions Tigers & Bears is home to more than 60 animals across 19 species. We have lions, tigers, bears, leopards, servals, jaguars, bobcats, emus, and a variety of domestic animals in our care. Each resident has a unique story and a set of specific needs. From specialized food to enrichment to medical care, here are some types of donations that can help us run smoothly:  

  • Whole turkeys/chickens/fish (raw)
  • Whole hams (cooked)
  • Raw Nuts (unsalted/unroasted)
  • PB2 powdered peanut butter
  • Dog Food
  • Nuttzo Powerfuel Smooth 7 Nut Butter, Almond and other nut butters
  • 100% Fruit Jam
  • Raw Fish
  • Veggies
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Equi-Spot Protector for Horses
  • VET PLUS Pro Bios horse feed

For Our Grounds

Our sanctuary puts the wellbeing of its residents first and foremost – that includes keeping the grounds clean and well-maintained. We recognize that a clean and enriching environment is critical for the health and happiness of the diverse species in our care. We also know that our visitors love to explore a well-kept and aesthetically pleasing sanctuary. So we're always in need of these supplies to keep our grounds beautiful, safe, and enriching for both our animal residents and visitors:

  • Spray Nozzles
  • Hose Timers
  • Amaze Weed Killer
  • Zip ties
  • Tools
  • Rakes
  • Retractable Tie Down Straps
  • Child-safe Insect Spray
  • Yellow Jacket traps
  • Horse Stall Refresher
  • Garden Carts/Gorilla Carts
  • Pool Skimmers & Brushes
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Rubber Anti-Fatigue Mat
  • Rubber Gloves 
  • 2 Gallon Garden Sprayers
  • Weed n’ Feed - Child Safe 

For Our Keepers


Our keepers work tirelessly to create a safe and enriching environment for our animal residents. So we love to ensure their comfort and health by always making sure they have the following:

  • Bottled water
  • Electrolyte Drink Mix
  • Camelback Water Packs
  • Rain Gear
  • Safety Glasses
  • Work Gloves

For Our Office Staff

While the frontline keepers are the heart of our sanctuary, the behind-the-scenes heroes in our office staff keep things running smoothly and efficiently. You can donate one or more of these office essentials to help streamline our administrative operations:

  • 3-tab file folders
  • File folder labels (Avery 5160 1 "x 2 5/8")
  • Correction Tape (whiteout)
  • Tape
  • Left window envelopes w/ peel & stick
  • Sticky Notes
  • Laminating Pouches (8.5 x11 3 mil)
  • Copy paper (8-1/2 x 11)
  • Pens

Cleaning Supplies


Cleaning supplies help us keep all areas of the sanctuary clean and hygienic. Nitrile gloves protect our staff against cleaning agents and potential contaminants, while trash bags are convenient for waste disposal in specific areas. In addition to that, we also always need the following cleaning supplies:   

  • Paper Towels
  • Odoban Cleaner
  • 55 Gallon Contractor Trash Bags 
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags
  • 10 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Toilet paper Septic Safe
  • Hand Soap
  • Brooms/Dust pans
  • Garden Sprayer
  • Mops
  • Swiffer Duster Refills
  • 24″ Push Brooms
  • Looped End Mop
  • Simple Green Pro 5 Disinfectant or Pro 3
  • Nitrile Gloves (Med and XL)
  • Bleach
  • Spray Bottles
  • 44 Gallon Trash Bins
  • 33 Gallon Trash Bags

Special Event Items/Enrichment/Educational Supplies

You can also donate these enrichment, educational, or special event items for our animal residents and visitors:

  • Patio Heaters
  • Plastic Folding Tables
  • Hand Truck, or Moving Dolly
  • Patio Cooler Cart
  • Tempera Paint (non-toxic, washable)
  • Tempera Paint - Gallon size (non-toxic, washable)
  • Non Toxic Glue
  • Crayons
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Tack Boxes

Capital Items

Donations of capital items are also needed and essential to sanctuary operations.

  • Animal Habitat Platforms
  • Fencing
  • Gator Utility Vehicles
  • Boomer Balls & Toys
  • Shade Sails
  • Visitor Benches
  • Feed Trailer Awnings
  • Trex Picnic Tables
  • Computer Equipment (Laptops, Ipads)
  • Green Screen Equipment
  • Office Cabinets, Desks, Tables & Chairs
  • Belly Bar Tables for Event Venue
  • Sound System & Outdoor Video Screen for Education Programs
  • Asphalt (Roads)
  • Signage
  • Solar Back-Up System
  • Horse Stalls
  • Transfer Cages
  • Portable Digital X-Ray Equipment
  • Sea Crates / Storage Crates

How to Donate to LTB through the Amazon Wishlist

We make it easy for you to donate to us. All you have to do is:

  1. Head over to our Amazon Wishlist by clicking this link. You'll find a curated list of items that we need for the wellbeing and enrichment of our animal residents and the smooth functioning of the sanctuary.
  2. Explore our Wishlist and choose the items you wish to donate. The list is categorized, making it easy to find items that align with your preferences for contribution.
  3. Once you've selected the items you'd like to donate, add them to your Amazon shopping cart. This cart acts as a convenient and consolidated space for the items you plan to contribute.
  4. Review your cart to ensure that all selected items match your intended donation.
  5. Select the "Proceed to Checkout" button when you're ready to finalize your donation. Amazon's user-friendly interface will guide you through the checkout process.
  6. During checkout, choose the shipping address. Enter the sanctuary's address: 24402 Martin Way, Alpine, CA 91901. This ensures that your donated items will be sent directly to us at Lions Tigers & Bears.
  7. Complete your order and track it to stay informed about the delivery status.

Your support through the Amazon Wishlist makes a significant impact on the daily operations and wellbeing of our animal residents. Whether it's providing them with enrichment items or supporting the logistical needs of the sanctuary, your generosity contributes to creating a safe, loving, and vibrant environment for all!


At Lions Tigers & Bears, every small gesture, every in-kind or cash donation, contributes to the collective effort of creating a safe, loving, and vibrant environment for the incredible animals in our care. Thank you for choosing to be a part of this mission and for making a lasting impact on the lives of our animals. Your support is truly appreciated and helps ensure a better future for the residents at Lions Tigers & Bears. 

Your love and commitment to animals can make a real difference! Donation opportunities are available to support our cause. For more information on what is needed most and how you can help, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or call us at 619-659-8078. Together, we can ensure the well-being of these magnificent rescued animals.

Lions Tigers & Bears Exotic Animals Sanctuary

24402 Martin Way Alpine, CA 91901

Email Us: [email protected]

Give Us A Call: (619)-659-8078

Why Choose an Accredited Sanctuary? 

It's crucial to choose accredited organizations that adhere to the highest standards of animal care, ethical practices, and transparency. Accredited sanctuaries and animal shelters prioritize the well-being of their residents and provide a safe and enriching environment for animals in need. By supporting accredited sanctuaries like Lions Tigers & Bears, you can ensure your contributions make a positive impact on animal welfare, education, and conservation efforts.

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