Animal Shelters In Need Of Pet Food


With all of the massive pet food recalls in the past few months, not only are all of the pets and pet owners victims, but animal shelters around the U.S. are suffering also. Food shelves at shelters are bare because donations have drastically dropped. Normally grocery stores will donate “pallets’ worth of dented containers of wet food and ragged bags of kibble” to food banks, but the stores are too busy trying to restock their warehouses due to the recalls and are not able to donate as much food as they usually do.

The Good Shepard Food Bank in Auburn, Maine supplies about 12 animal shelters with pet food that they typically get from grocery stores, but they are completely out of canned food and they have half the amount of dry food that they normally had before the recalls hit. A spokesperson from the food bank said that it could be weeks or months before the donation rates from retail stores return back to normal.

(Thanks Rebecca)

17 Responses to “Animal Shelters In Need Of Pet Food”

  1. Debra says:

    My local Humane Society is “an official Science Diet Shelter” and will only take canned Science Diet or money so that they can buy Science Diet products at a discount.

  2. Cathy says:

    The SPCA I worked at before moving also was supplied by Science Diet dry & canned (cant stand the food but i was better than the donated junk they were getting before). I recently talked to someone I used to work with & they said SD is stopping supplying the canned food and they can’t have any other brand of food in the shelter! So, now they are looking for another company that will donate food. I hate that company even more after hearing that.

  3. Helen says:

    Hills needs to be voted off the island.

  4. Kevin says:

    I believe that Science Diet is doing nothing more than trying alternative means to AB 1634 to control the pet population.

    Science Diet is junk food with a fancy name.

  5. Susan says:

    My local shelter hates Hills because they say they had to clean up way too much vomit and diarrhea. They are scrambling like we are to find something safe.

  6. Lori says:

    I switched my cat from Science Diet during the recall mess, and we went through 9 different brands of food before I found one she liked. I tried to donate the unused portion to my local spca but they couldn’t take it because the bags were open (they were afraid mice would get into it). Do you have any ideas?

  7. Susan says:

    Lori–as long as you could tape it shut firmly, you might be able to give it to a food pantry. My local food pantry takes pet food, because people hate to give up pets when they’re down on their luck. You might be able to save someone’s pet from euthanasia at a shelter.

  8. Monika says:

    I have two 20lb bags of food at home. Both have been opened and fed only once. They are Felidae and Kumpikat. I was going to drive them over to the shelter where I got my cats from but now that I read what everyone is writing would they just put it to the side because the bags are open? Or would they throw it out because those aren’t ‘Science Diet’ type brand of foods? I like the idea about the food pantry and donating to people who are having a hard time not only feeding themselves but definitely their pets, too. Hmm.. not sure what to do but I don’t want the very expensive food (that my cats either won’t eat or it’s too high in fat for them) to go to waste.

  9. janet says:

    I have some cans of unopened wellness and other brands not officially on the recall, as far as I know. I bought them to find alternatives during this petfood insanity, and they are not on the lists, but my cat won’t touch them. It’s such a waste. Our shelter had him on SD when I adopted him a year and a half back, and I got him off that, then all this crazyness started. I have got him on some better foods now, but he doesn’t like the wet foods that I have.

    I can try to donate them, but, I have concerns about what has been mentioned here. It sounds like the county shelters need someone to contact local pet food manufacturers, or if they have sales reps by state, to see if they have a donor program.

  10. Gudewife says:

    Given the current state of affairs, a lot of shelters are probably being extremely cautious about what they will accept as donations. Our shelter is very low on food, especially cat food (we operate solely on donations), but open bags are a problem because of rodents, spoilage, and tampering (we’re all a little paranoid these days. We will accept them if pressed, but we usually divert what we can’t use to a wildlife rehabilitation center to supplement their scavenger food, so that may be another option for opened bags.

    Opened cat food may also be of use to feral colony caretakers, your vet might be able to give you a contact number for a local colony.

  11. pat says:

    another legacy of the pet food disgrace of 2007. i’ll donate money to my local shelter, but i can’t in good conscience donate any commercially produced pet food. the shelter will need to make its own decision about what to feed these poor homeless animals.

    i hate the pet food industry for what they’ve done. i hate them, hate them, hate them.

  12. Elaine Vigneault says:

    I agree with Pat.

    This whole mess is just so sad. I hope we can come up with some good back-up solutions in case this ever happens again.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    how much animal food do animal shelters need

  15. jessica says:

    i tink the=at it is a good idea

  16. jessica says:

    i tink that it is a good idea

  17. Darianna says:

    were can i help

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