Make a Donation

The Royal Oak Animal Shelter is served by the Royal Oak Civic Foundation (formerly the “ROOTS” Foundation), established by the city to accept donations and endowments for the improvement of civic institutions. Donations and bequests may be directed to the Animal Shelter’s general fund for operating costs or they may be designated for specific projects at the Animal Shelter.

Monetary Donations

You may make donations through the following methods:

  • In-person by appointment at the Royal Oak Animal Shelter, located at 1515 N. Edgeworth, Royal Oak, Michigan - via cash, check, or money order;
  • By mail - via cash, check, or money order made payable to the order of the Royal Oak Animal Shelter and mailed to the following address: Royal Oak Animal Shelter, 1515 N. Edgeworth, Royal Oak, MI 48067
  • Online - via credit or debit card, using the following link: ROAS - Donate.

If the donation is an honorarium or made in memoriam, please include a note along with the donation, indicating the appropriate name and mailing address for acknowledgement(s). Acknowledgements will be sent to the person in whose honor the donation was made, as well as to the donor. 

Legacy Gifts

You may make a legacy gift to the animal shelter by including a gift in your will or trust. Please contact your estate planning attorney or a legal aid clinic to ensure that your legacy gift is properly included in your estate planning documents.

Donations of Physical Items and Gift Cards

Donations of supplies that are used or consumed on a daily basis at the animal shelter are always appreciated, but the need for certain supplies changes on a daily basis and there is very limited storage space. In order to ensure that the Animal Shelter’s needs are met, please call the shelter at (248) 548-3058 or prior to donating, or refer to the Animal Shelter’s Amazon Wish List and Chewy Wish Lists, which are updated according to current needs: 



Donations from our online wish lists are shipped to us directly.  Other donations may be dropped off at Royal Oak Animal Shelter by making an appointment in advance with staff.  Currently, we are also offering weekly porch pick-ups for donors local to Royal Oak.  Please email to schedule drop-off or pick-up.

Gift cards are a perfect way to donate to ROAS and allow us to purchase what we need when we need it, without having to store items.  Most useful gift cards for daily and specialty items are from Costco, Amazon, and Chewy.  We also accept pre-paid Visa, Mastercard, or Discover, or American Express gift cards.

The animal shelter facility is also in need of various updates, repairs, and “big ticket” items. If you are feeling very generous or you would like to sponsor a drive for any of these items, the following represent the Animal Shelter’s major current and future needs:

  • Improved floor drains;
  • Concrete or paved driveway; 
  • New fencing;
  • Separated outside kennels w/sealed concrete, floor drains, and heated floors/pads; 
  • Updated play yards with artificial turf and ground drainage; and
  • Veterinary clinic, including surgical suite;
  • Transport Van

How Local Businesses Can Help

The Royal Oak Animal Shelter is always appreciative of the support it receives from local businesses. Please contact the shelter at (248) 548-3058 or to discuss available donation and/or volunteering opportunities.

Donation Receipts and Acknowledgements

We provide receipts for all donations. If you do not receive a receipt or acknowledgement letter, please contact the shelter to let us know so that we may ensure your donation is acknowledged.

As always, thank you for your generosity!