Fill the Red Truck Donation Drive

This year, we encourage you to stay home, be safe, and donate online! You can help Fill The Red Truck from home by making a monetary contribution, or ordering food and supplies to be shipped directly to the shelter through our Amazon Wish List.

And we’ll still be hosting Fill The Red Truck at the corner of Heyward and Holly Streets (in Shandon) on May 16th and 17th (9am to 5pm daily), for those who would rather donate supplies in person. This year, limited volunteers will be on hand, so we ask that you please place your items in the truck yourself if possible (but we’re there to help if needed!). All donations will be sanitized before being redistributed to the shelter or to individuals in need through our pet food pantry.

Event Info

Online May 1st through 31st

In Person May 16th and 17th at the corner of Heyward and Holly Streets (9am to 5pm daily)

Items Needed

Canned and dry food (dog and cat), cat litter, bleach and cleaning supplies, leashes, collars, crates and carriers, toys, towels, blankets, and beds as well as monetary contributions.


Additional drop off locations provided all month by Dick Smith Automotive Group:

  • Dick Smith Nissan of Columbia - 9940 Two Notch Road
  • Dick Smith Nissan of Lexington - 5536 Sunset Blvd
  • Dick Smith Nissan & INFINITI - 3670 Fernandina Road
  • Dick Smith Ford - 7201 Garners Ferry Road
  • Brittons of Columbia - 2818 Devine Street


If you or someone you know is in need of help caring for their pets during this difficult time, please contact us at for assistance. Keeping pets in their homes where they belong and reducing shelter intake will remain part of our mission as long as needed.

How it All Started

Red Truck Ladies

Started in 2009 by Shandon resident Carolyn McKenzie and six of her closest friends, the Fill The Red Truck event has been hosted at the corner of Heyward and Holly Streets annually to help fill the supply needs of the City of Columbia shelter through the busy spring months. The friends, who call themselves “Paws and Purrls,” gather in the front yard of McKenzie’s home for a weekend of socializing and fundraising, and all neighbors are welcome to stop by to enjoy the fun or lend a hand. The Animal Mission is truly grateful for this hardworking team and the effort they put into supporting us each May.

Over the last 11 years, the group has been responsible for collecting:

  • 9,900 pounds of dry dog food
  • 3,700 pounds of dry cat food
  • 2,100 pounds of cat litter
  • 1,400 rolls of paper towels
  • 1,950 cans of canned cat food
  • 1,250 cans of canned dog food
  • 475 gallons of bleach and cleaning products
  • 50 crates/pet carriers
  • 27 garden hoses
  • countless toys, leashes, collars, blankets, towels and other items
  • As well as more than $20,000 in monetary donations.


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Make a Donation

The Paw Path

Fill the Red Truck

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