(Pet Food Banks)
If your food budget has outpaced your income, and you're having trouble finding the money for pet food, call your local humane society. They may be able to help. They might also be able to help with veteranary expenses--it can't hurt to ask. (For low-cost or free spay/neutering services, call way in advance--sometimes the waiting list can be several months long.)
Here is a growing list of programs to assist non-profits and low-income families with pet-related expenses. If you know of any others, please share
(Many assistance programs use the federal poverty guidelines to determine eligibility. Here is their reference chart for 2007.)
United Animal Nations' huge list of assistance organizations, national and by state.
The PETCO Foundation dedicates its programs to serving the Four Rs - Reduce, Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rejoice.
We encourage Applications for Support from any 501(c)(3) organization that shares our mission and fulfills one or more of the Four Rs. Organizations should be local and be able to enlist the support of their local PETCO store.
Financial assistance resources for rescues and shelters. A Program of The Humane Society of the United States.
Regional and Local Programs
Share The Love Pet Food Bank, serving NC, SC, & VA.
Grettas Wish Pet Food Bank is located in Casar, NC (Western Carolina)
The Pikes Peak Pet Pantry was started by a concerned citizen who had an idea on how to help people keep their pet when facing a financial hardship. There might come a time when you have to decide whether you can feed your family or your pet. We serve the Colorado Springs area.
California Department of Social Services
The Assistance Dog Special Allowance (ADSA) Program provides a monthly payment of $50 to eligible persons who use a guide, signal, or service dog to help them with needs related to their physical disabilities. The allowance is to help pay the costs of food, grooming, and health care for the dogs. Must live in California.
Another Chance offers temporary pet food assistance for Northstate California residents.
The Pet Project
Nonprofit organization that serves the needs of low-income pet owners who are living with AIDS or terminal or disabling conditions and illnesses. Located in Florida.
Cascades Humane Society
For Jackson County, Oregon Residents. You can get food for up to 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Seniors With Pets
Tacoma, Washington. Must be senior at or below poverty level to qualify.
is a new non-profit in New Hampshire to assist with ALL types of companion animals, even those not usually considered companion animals. Rhiannon's Web is including all classes of pets from horses to rodents as we believe that people deserve to keep the beloved pets that bring them joy when times get tough which is when people need support the most!
Cocheco Valley Humane Society
Dover, NH. CVHS offers a food assistance program for residents in our service area who are challenged to meet the nutritional needs of their dog or cat due to financial burden.
Wisconsin Humane Society
Individuals must be residents of Milwaukee or Ozaukee County and must qualify for subsidized services based on their income.
Kootenai Pets for Life is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the care of and finding life-long homes for the stray and abondoned pet population of South Lincoln County, Montana. Provides cat or dog food and cat litter for low income seniors at commodity distributions and for pet owners who are food pantry patrons.
City of Auburn Senior Center
Washington. Need help covering the cost of pet food? Call the Senior Center for details on the Senior Pet Food Bank designed to help low income seniors supplement their pet food purchases.
Red Door Shelter
Chicago. CAFé is a pet food assistance program for low income pet owners.
Ellie's Pet Pantry at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Google Ellie's Pet Pantry, and/or contact Allison Sanders at the Humane Society. Elie's Pet Pantry has attracted national attention.
Chow Wagon at Animal Friends. See www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org. Feel free to contact Ann Cadman at Animal Friends. Pittsburgh, PA
At the bottom of this Gomestic article is a long list of pet food banks across the USA.