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Pet Food Bank - Help for Animals

Updated on September 4, 2014

Help a Hungry Animal - Please Contribute to Pet Food Banks

A pet food bank is a valuable resource for all animal lovers as many consider their pets to be family members. Unfortunately, the sad reality today is an economy where many people are forced to choose whether they or their pets will eat. This page contains information about pet food banks and valuable links to help .

Donate to pet food banks out of love for your own beloved animals, if for no other reason. Because no animal should ever go hungry.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

A Pet Food Bank Needs All Kinds of Food

Contact the pet food bank near you to see what types of pet food they need most. If it's bales of hay for some local horses, perhaps the feed store would be willing to give you a deal? It NEVER hurts to ask. (A hungry animal will thank you!)

Find a Local Pet Food Bank Near You

Not sure of the location of a (if any) food bank for pets in your area? Check first with the local Humane Society, any non profit animal shelters or animal rescue organizations and your veterinarian. Contact the ASPCA for information on more ways you can help the animals in your area and animals all over.

Inquire with the local Food Bank or Food Pantry. A good majority of food banks serve people only, but there are some that may have a small area set aside for pet food donations. Likewise with area churches, many have food distribution programs for the needy. Ask whether they also offer any assistance to those people with pets.

Getting the Word Out

about Pet Food Banks and Pet Food Drives

Get the word out about food drives and pet food banks. Local newspapers may be willing to publish a notice without cost in the community section of the paper, whether in hard copy or an online edition. You can place a free ad in the VOLUNTEER section on Craigslist asking for volunteers to help with a pet food drive. Start a local Facebook page for a Pet Food Bank.

Don't forget to put up notices in safe public areas like laundry mats also. Let people know where they can go to receive food and supplies for their pet's needs. A good number of the homeless population do have dogs and sometimes cats for a companion and they often share a meal with their pet, which leaves both parties feeling hungry. Though it's not just animals belonging to the today's economy there are hungry animals living in homes too.

Pet Food Banks Combat Animal Hunger

Pet Food Banks Feed Hungry Animals
Pet Food Banks Feed Hungry Animals


AniMeals is a program for pets of homebound people. Just like Meals on Wheels for Humans.
Read more here.

Contributions for Pet Food Banks

Periodically conduct a pet food drive in your town. Make sure to check if any special permits are required to hold this type of fundraiser. Assign someone to be in charge of permits with another person responsible for getting the word out. Assign several persons to select available locations in town where volunteers can collect pet food or monetary donations to purchase pet food as well.

Contact local Boy Scout or Girl Scout groups, local Church youth groups, for additional manpower to conduct a door-to-door collection drive. Remember the Scout groups, especially, earn merit badges for community service and this would be an opportunity to serve.

A Pet Food Bank Is a Great Way to Get People Involved

It is in most people's nature to want to help. (Especially if the subject is helping animals.) Getting assistance with regards to raising supplies, storage, products, monies...etc. for a pet food bank will go much smoother if you have many caring and knowledgeable parties involved.

Simply start by asking. You may be pleasantly surprised at the support available in the business community and general population to contribute to a food bank for pets.

Pet Food Banks Save Lives

Pet Food Banks Feed Hungry Animals
Pet Food Banks Feed Hungry Animals

Pet food banks are lifesavers. No person should have to choose whether they eat or their pet does.

(Photo credit Hawaiian Humane Society.)

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Is there a pet food bank in your area?

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    • sue826 lm profile image

      sue826 lm 4 years ago

      Food banks are a wonderful idea to help out rescues and people in need. Great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is there a pet foodbank in king county washington

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No but there is a great rescue centre bit far away but its there thank goodness.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I always ask that people donate dog food instead of giving me birthday presents. So much nicer to feed the homeless animals than to get another DVD. Great article. Blessed!

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      Jack 5 years ago

      I donate food to my local animal shelter. Blessed.

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      radkoaleks 5 years ago

      Such a great idea. I did'n know that before.

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      KevinGeetar 5 years ago

      I take supplies to the local animal shelter on a regular basis, not aware if there is a food bank.....will do some looking around.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Very nice and special lens. Blessed!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Well done.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I'll have to check to see what is available in my area (pet food bank). There is extreme poverty in this part of Colorado and many people cannot feed their animals. Families have been resorting to shooting deer and other wildlife (out of season) for pet food or turning their animals loose to fend for themselves. I appreciate the importance of these resources. Thank you so much for increasing my awareness of how to help families and individuals find ways of better caring for their pets. Congrats on your Purple Star and feature! Such a timely lens and vital message.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      We have a few manufacturers that have set up an arrangement to donate food to our local rescues here in Omaha. Our rescue depends on them for support, and they are a gift from Heaven!

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      I can't imagine eating when a pet has nothing. This would be cruelty, if someone were to eat, and their pet have nothing. There should be resources for help with food, just like there is for people. You've brought light to an important issue, for people that love animals to be aware of.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are only people food banks in my area but I can see this as an important need all over with all the weather related issues and he economy...pets need to eat too and a pet food bank could save loves ones from abandonment in times of need. I can hear an applause of paws, congratulations on home page honors and your purple star...adding a little more angel dust to this compassionate and passionate labor of love!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Not where we are right now but when we get back to Canada there is one. We often remember the food bank as they are right in the supermarkets but not the pet food bank. Will have to remind myself on this.

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      I don't think that we have an official pet food bank, but I think one of the area churches does this. Excellent page and excellent reminder about the needs of animals!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Pam congratulations on your purple star, but also on a lens that should reach a lot of hearts. If someone has to choose between eating or their pet eating, there are resources available for help in both instances. I'm not sure we have an organization for feeding pets here, but now I'll make it my business to find out. You ROCK lady! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Congratulations on the well deserved Purple Star. Your lens provides a valuable service, and resources I didn't even know existed! Our companions depend upon us and, as you said, no one should have to choose between eating and feeding their pets. Brava, Pam!

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      Excellent page! In my area this tends to be organised by the animal charities so we can donate directly to them or sometimes they do special event drives at shops etc.

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      greatgifts4u 5 years ago

      I think our only option is to donate to an animal shelter. Thanks for the great info on starting one!

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I don't know if there is one, but do know the animal shelter will gladly take food as a donation. As a coupon user I run across lots of cases of paying very little for pet food. Of course, we do have 1 dog and 3 cats ourself.

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      GiaDoberman 5 years ago

      I'm so happy to see another lens about pet food pantries. I'm currently working on opening one up in my area because my family and I love animals.

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      WriterDave 5 years ago

      Great lens, very important information!

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      Stephanie 6 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Great lens!

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      entertainmentev 6 years ago

      Food banks are so important. I hate to think of any animals going hungry.

      Great lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I should check. I'd never heard of pet food banks before!

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      Pastor Cher 6 years ago from United States

      I never thought of them as food banks, but I guess they really are in a way. There are several shelters in our area, and we provide the food for one rescue shelter for cats. It wasn't until about 7 years ago I even realized a need for giving food for pets. This lens was very much needed, and I'm grateful to you for writing it.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      What a wonderful idea - I need to look into pet food banks around here. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Michelle 6 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      One of the member churches that supports the SSCM Food Pantry I have a lens for ensures our "people pantry" has a great supply of pet food each month. A lot of the visitors to the pantry have pets, especially the elderly who often have no other companion. It's important to have pet food available for distribution at people food pantries. Many of the people who use the pantry would use the food they need for themselves on their pets if pet food was not available.

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      Our local no-kill shelter will help out people in dire need. They try to help people keep their pets so the innocent pets don't end up in the shelters when they could stay with their loving family with just a little help.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Heard about this on the news. Great idea. Blessed for publicizing it.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Coreena Jolene: I think they are gaining in popularity as animal lovers come to know about them.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Nancy Hardin: Nancy, thank you for blessing this lens. Speaking for all the animals.....THANK YOU!!! :)

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @jseven lm: Thanks so much, Joey! The more who know about pet food banks, the better. :)

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @hntrssthmpsn: Yeah, Santa Cruz SPCA and Heather's Pet Food Bank!

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      Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

      Great topic. I have never heard of a pet food bank.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wonderful lens and a great idea. There are many animal welfare organizations that are in need of help these days. When people have little resources for themselves, as in this economy, the influx of animals to shelters is greater, therefore putting a strain on their abilities to feed all the animals. Any help that can be given will certainly be appreciated. Thanks for a great lens. Blessed.

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Great lens for an excellent cause! Pinned and tweeted.

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      hntrssthmpsn 6 years ago

      What a great idea! I had no idea there was such a thing as a food bank for pets, and yet it turns out we have one! Heather's Pet Food Bank hands out food on Fridays via the Santa Cruz SPCA. Sweet!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @annieangel1: That's a great idea and one that could be universally adopted too. Thanks for posting!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Linda BookLady: Sounds like my kind of community; awesome!

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      Over here in the UK most supermarkets have collections for animal shelters - it is very handy.

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      There's an organization in Yreka (70 miles from my small mountain town) that has a pet food bank sort of thing going on, though their stated purpose is to neuter feral cats.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @GramaBarb: Wow! I'm so pumped the food bank there even drops off the pet food when needed? That is truly fantastic and just makes me feel great! :)

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Great lens! Here is our local info - plus the SPCA provides free spay and neuters. "Charlie's Food Bank distributes approximately 5000 lbs of pet food every month through the weekly food bank; drop off for the disabled, and through the Vancouver BC SPCA Branch."


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