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Pet Food Banks

Some cat feeding facts to be aware of:

Most cats need between 200 and 250 kcals per day.  Most 5.5oz cans of cat food have 195 kcals.  Many dry cat foods have upwards of 550 kcal/cup.  That would mean only a 1/2 cup of dry food/day for an adult cat.   http://felinedocs.com/dr-marcus-brown/what-should-i-feed-my-cat/

April 2014 – Doubts are surfacing about the operation of Food Stamps for Pets. It is not clear if applicants are receiving any pet food.

February 2013 – a nation-wide program called Food Stamps for Pets begins.  Based on donations, Food Stamps for Pets is meant to help low income pet owners keep their pets.  Application is currently only online. Mail applications will be accepted after the program has made the move to its new offices.   Once verified, pet owners will receive pet food once a month through retailer, Pet Flow.       http://www.kvia.com/news/-Food-stamps-for-pets/-/391068/19048930/-/22r5jfz/-/index.html           https://petfoodstamps.org/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57581800/non-profit-provides-food-stamps-for-pets/

February 2011 - ACCT is now distributing free pet food to low income pet owners.  Dog food give- away events are held on the first  and third Saturdays of the month, from 12 to 2 pm.  Dog and cat food  is available for pick-up, by appointment, Monday through Friday.  The ACCT Pet food Pantry is located at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue.  Please bring: photo ID, proof of low income and proof of spay / neuter surgery on your pet.  There will also be referrals available for free or low cost spay/neuter. Call 267-385-3800 or email helpdesk@acctphilly.org.

The Pennsylvania SPCA was giving pet food to the owners of any spayed/neutered  pets.  Call the PSPCA for details. (215) 426-6300

Citizens for a No Kill Philadelphia and Lovefourpaws offer free pet food to low income pet owners at their monthly community events.  Go to http://www.phillynokill.org/#!community-pet-pantry/c1gt8   for more information.

 Jesus Focus Ministry,  1150 Bristol Road,  Churchville PA  (215-953-2000)  has a food pantry which offers pet food provided by Sam’s Hope.  http://www.samshope.org

Pet Aid in Montgomery County (PA)  -   If you are experiencing financial difficulties and need help in feeding your pet, call Rhonda Thomas at 610-825-0111.  Calls are confidential.  The Ani-Meals program of the Humane Society of Berks County also operates in Montgomery county.

The Pet Food Pantry, in West Trenton NJ,  is another source of pet food for pet owners in need.  They only serve the greater Mercer County region, but that does extend into Bucks County PA.   Learn more at: www.thepetfoodpantry.org       Also see:      http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8485344

Kibble Cupboard of Southern New Jersey (Egg Harbor)- a group trying to help low-income families, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless keep their pets by providing food, litter and other basics.      http://www.kibblecupboard.com/     https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kibble-Cupboard/185514648137486

Ocean County Pet Food Pantry  in Jackson N.J.     https://www.facebook.com/ocpetfoodpantry

The Chester County Pet Food Pantry has grown into the Animal House Project.  It is now located in a larger facility in Pottstown.   They are still helping people keep their pets at home & out of shelters by distributing free pet food.  They now serve Berks, Chester and western Montgomery counties and offer some pet services in addition to food.  Applicants in crisis or within 200% of federal poverty level qualify for assistance. http://www.animalhouseproject.org/about-us.html

Bear Necessities Pet Pantry wants to help those having problems getting money together to purchase food for their pet.  Though they are located in West Chester, they are helping pet owners in other areas.  Email them at earnecessitiespetpantry@gmail.com or call 484 – 840 -  6795     for details.

Free pet food is available in Delaware.  The new no-kill shelter, Safe Haven (in Sussex county),  gives pet food through Meals on Wheels, or at their drop-off locations.  Call Diane at 302-947-2959.   (posted 3/2012)

A pet food bank in Trenton NJ   – Basils Buddies http://www.basilsbuddies.org/index.php/programs/foodbank.

Not sure if Ariels’ Angels pet food pantry is currently operating.  Check at:   267-581-4955  or     4arielsangels@gmail.com.      Also call or write  if you have pet food to donate.

A December 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer article shares information about more pet food banks in the region:       http://www.philly.com/philly/living/pets/20101225_Pet-food_banks_filling_the_need_to_help_furry_friends.html

2011 – PETCO has begun a pet food collection program, part of their ‘We Are Family’ initiative.  Each PETCO store is working with a local animal welfare group , or a human food bank with a pet food component, to distribute collected food to pet owners in need.  If you could use some assistance with food for your pet, ask your local PETCO which group they are working with and how to contact them.   PETCO reports that 110 tons of pet food and litter have been donated since the program began in March 2010.        http://content.usatoday.com/communities/pawprintpost/post/2010/11/pet-food-banks-to-get-big-boost-from-new-petco-drive/1

Some informal pet food drives have and continue to take place.  In 2010, the Lower Bucks Dog Training Club collected pet food and donated it to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Bristol PA.  There is also a small pet food collection and distribution program (the Emmett Food Fund) operating in Lower Bucks county.  http://bingosfoundation.org/site_pages/programs.html .  A veterinary practice in Oakland NJ is distributing pet food to elderly and infirm pet owners who are receiving Meals On Wheels (Phone: 201-337-7090)   oaklandah.com/community.php.    In Burlington County New Jersey, the Helping Hands Food Pantry, part of the Christian Fellowship Church of New Egypt, is a source of pet food for any pet owners in need.  helpinghandspantrynj.org  .  In the summer of 2009, Best Friends Animal Sanctaury ran a pet food drive in conjunction with Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Prospect Park.

 Best Friends Animal Society has compiled a list of all the food banks in the country that they know of.    It can be downloaded at:   https://docs.google.com/a/bestfriends.org/file/d/0B7E4d6RU-epfYmJfejQ3Um1yTUk/edit?pli=1

A helpful tool to compare the quality of various pet foods:      http://www.1800petmeds.com/pet_food_compare.jsp?CID=12330&PID=1000&MID=1435

Archive:

Petco stores plan to create ties to local Pet Food banks.    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/us/20pet.html?scp=2&sq=pets&st=cse

http://network.bestfriends.org/campaigns/foreverhome/15025/news.aspx

5 Comments leave one →
  1. francine odom permalink
    June 7, 2013 6:33 pm

    what are the requirements that would make me eliagble for pet food stampss i am on social security disability

  2. December 22, 2013 2:19 pm

    I am so glad there r other pet food pantries. I have at the time i have help now. With the pet food towards the end of the month. So i thank-you.

  3. March 25, 2014 3:33 am

    I just want to thank the person(s) who throught up the idea of pet food pantry and for the ones who donate litter etc. A great big thank you. I wouldn’t be alive/living if my babies(cats) they r my lifeline. I would slowly die. So again thank you.

  4. Jacqueline Stanley permalink
    July 1, 2014 2:47 pm

    I’m on disability and I have. A rotti and 2 cats but I can’t afford dog and cat food for my animals trying to support 3 ppl on my income I don’t want to turn them in but this is hurting me not to be able to feed them.

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