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/
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/
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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
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