On March 6th, 2017, we sent one of our public relations representatives over to The TJ O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center in Springfield to find out more about their operation and how we could help. We were greeted with open arms and excited paws everywhere. One of the first things we noticed was just how busy the center was. Every volunteer had their hands full with an animal, a customer, or some other daily task. It was a refreshing sight to see so many passionate people in one place and doing great things in their community. For example every Tuesday and Friday the volunteers get on the center’s Facebook page to help reunite lost animals with their families. They have returned many animals back to their families through the power of social media. This type of progressive thinking is what puts The TJ O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center a notch above the rest.

The TJ O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center is always looking for new members to join their team. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here to print out one of their volunteer forms. Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply. If you are looking for other ways to help out The Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center please feel free to grab a few of these supplies and drop them off at the center at your convenience.

Thomas J. O’Connor Wish List

for the good health and comfort of the animals in their care… Can you help? (Items in serious need have been starred*)


  1. Canned dog & cat food (any brand)
    1. Beech Nut turkey or Chicken*
    2. All-meat baby food*
    3. Liquid KMR and Esbilac for tiny kittens & puppies*
    4. Spray cheese, Peanut butter, and Hot dogs
    5. Royal Canin kitten food
    6. Iams kitten food
    7. Fancy feast kitten wet food


  1. Rawhide chews, Pig ears, Bully sticks
  2. Stuffed animals
  3. Ping pong balls, cat toys
  4. Kiddy pools (Summertime wading)
  5. “Kong” toys and other heavy duty treat dispensing toys


  1. Stainless steel dishes and bowls (tip proof and any size)
  2. Bedding: Comforters, towels, and blankets (Fleece = Ultra Cool)
  3. Paper plates – plain white
  4. Clay cat litter
  5. Cat collars, plastic cat carriers
  6. Dog crates and exercise pens
  7. Nail clippers (New only – Cat and Dog sizes)
  8. Slip leads, 6′ leashes, adjustable collars (cloth – All sizes – New/Like new)
  9. Bandanas 
  10. Toothbrushes – New & inexpensive
  11. Baled timothy hay – One bale every 3 months
  12. Humane box traps (any size)
  13. Pee Pee Pads for puppies*


  1. Postage stamps
  2. Copy Paper – white and bright colors
  3. AAA Batteries
  4. 1,500 twin pocket folders
  5. File cabinets with built in file frames




  1. Laundry detergent, liquid bleach, dryer sheets
  2. Liquid hand soap, white vinegar
  3. Paper towels, facial tissues
  4. Brooms, mops, mop heads (string type), and dust pans
  5. Lint rollers and refills
  6. Air freshening sprays
  7. Dishwashing liquid and gloves
  8. Glass cleaner, multi-surface cleaners
  9. 55 Gallon contractor trash bags

GENERAL SUPPLIES (new/like new)

  1. LCD projector
  2. Cordless drill & drill bit set
  3. Vacuum cleaner – bagless
  4. Lawnmower and snow blower
  5. Bottled water
  6. Small weight scales


  1. Monetary donation to purchase…
    1. 4 Microchip scanners – $300 each
    2. Bair hugger warmer to protect from hypothermia after surgery – $1,500
    3. 20 Spay/neuter packs – $360 each
    4. Color laser printer – $1,300
    5. Cargo/mini-van in excellent condition


  1. Dave’s Soda & Pet Food City
  2. Petco
  3. Staples
  4. Walmart
  5. Big Y
  6. Home Depot
  7. Lowe’s

To find more way to help please visit the official Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center website.

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