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Feeding pets in need: Colorado Pet Pantry

The Dumb Friends League is a community-based organization, and we understand that it takes a village to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. We’re lucky to be surrounded by compassionate people who are willing to step up to the challenge alongside us.

The League is well known for things like our adoption and pet admissions programs and helping people with owner surrender and lost pets. What many don’t realize is that we have programs that extend beyond these services. Programs that depend on our community and collaboration with other organizations to ensure animals are well cared for. Today, we’d like to tell your about one such relationship, a group that works to help pet owners who are experiencing challenging times, a service that has become even more relevant this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a program responsible for keeping pets right where they belong–in their loving homes.

Colorado Pet Pantry

Colorado Pet Pantry was founded in 2016 to support pet owners by providing food, litter and other supplies for their pets in a time of need.  This crucial program has helped ensure that animals are able to stay in their homes rather than be relinquished to a shelter. In 2019, they provided food to 60,000 pets per month on average and in 2020 they’ve seen that increase to an astonishing 85,000 pets per month. Eileen Lambert, the Executive Director for Colorado Pet Pantry said, “With so many people living paycheck to paycheck (78% of Americans), it’s understandable, and we were prepared.”

What does it take to provide this amount of food to pet owners? That’s where the community comes into play. Pet food is often donated to the League, and we are happy to pass it along to clients of Colorado Pet Pantry. Pet owners may pick up their food at one of these food banks, or they can be directed to come to the Dumb Friends League to pick up their supplies. The League is able support this need in large part thanks to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, partners with the League through their Hill’s Food Shelter and Love program, allowing us to give donated food to our community. Hill’s Pet Nutrition also supports the efforts of Colorado Pet Pantry by making food donations specifically for our community in need. Recently, they provided seven pallets of food that have been shared with pet owners who were experiencing hardships due to COVID-19. One owner responded that they are “grateful for the food for her little guy.” Thanks to this donation from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, “she doesn’t have to worry about how she’s going to feed him now.” Thanks to Hill’s Pet Nutrition and donations from our community, pets can eat healthy, balanced diets, and owners can have one less thing to worry about in these challenging times.

Are you in need of pet food assistance?

If you are in need of food for your pet, you can reach out to Colorado Pet Pantry. They will help connect you with the supplies your pet needs.

If you would like to donate food, click here to learn more.

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