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« Reply #45 on: December 17, 2009, 10:07:19 AM »

California-Marin County-

The Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd
Novato, California 94949
415-883-4621 (phone)
415-382-1349 (fax)

"In the Pet Meals on Wheels program, volunteers deliver pet food to clients of the Side-by-Side program and other needy individuals. Donations of pet food are accepted at any time to support this vital part of the program."

"Note: the SHARE Side-by-Side program provides assistance to Marin County residents who are low-income seniors, living with HIV/AIDS, or receiving hospice care."

"The Side-by-Side program is the largest part of SHARE and is currently assisting 220 clients with 150 dogs, 196 cats and 38 birds. Side-by-Side matches support, volunteer efforts and donated services with qualified pet guardians in need. Assistance is offered in the form of pet food, veterinary care, grooming, regular visits to clients by volunteers, transportation to the veterinarian or groomer, dog walking, litterbox cleaning, and emergency boarding of pets in the event of the hospitalization of clients."
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« Reply #46 on: December 17, 2009, 10:08:04 AM »

California-Santa Monica-Los Angeles area-

Voice For The Animals Foundation
2633 Lincoln Blvd, #202
Santa Monica, CA  90405-4656

FAX: 310-822-9180

Hotline Phone Number

(310) 392-5153

Ext. 1 - For emergencies or if you need any information to help an animal in need


The Helping Friends program gives seniors, people with disabilities, terminal illnesses, and individuals on fixed incomes the extra support they need to care for their animals, who often are their only companions.

If you need assistance from the Helping Friends program, call our Hotline at 310-392-5153.

The program provides medical care, food and foster care for pets if needed.
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« Reply #47 on: December 17, 2009, 10:09:08 AM »

California-Contra Costa County-

ARF's FoodShare program, which was formally instituted at ARF in 2002, provides dry cat and dog food and cat litter, generously donated by Safeway Inc., to low income residents and responsible feral guardians of Contra Costa County, California who have spayed and neutered their animals.

ARF also provides spay/neuter support for FoodShare participants. Individuals who qualify for ARF’s FoodShare program should call 925.256.1273, extension 463.

Guardian and pet/s must reside in Contra Costa County, California
Pets must be spayed and/or neutered (certificate required)
Proof of household income and photograph identification

Tony LaRussa's ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation)
Phone numbers and email:
National information line: 800.567.1ARF
Fax 925.977.9079

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 30215
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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« Reply #48 on: December 17, 2009, 10:10:28 AM »

Acorn Online October 22, 2009

California-Ventura County-

Pantry provides free pet food

"The Ventura County Animal Regulation has opened a Pet Pantry at the Camarillo Shelter. The pantry offers dry and canned dog and cat food and is open from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays.

"The Pet Pantry is in the horse barn at rear of the shelter property at the Camarillo Airport. Park near the corner of Aviation Drive and Convair and walk through the back gates to the barn.

"Food donations are welcomed.

"For more information, call (805) 388-4341 or go to or e-mail,5004537&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Camarillo Shelter Pet Pantry

During these hard economic times, we need to remember that pets need to eat too.  Through the generous support of Petco, local food stores and many individuals, Camarillo Shelter has opened a Pet Pantry that offers dry and canned dog and cat food.


Hours:             Sunday Mornings

                        10 AM to Noon

                        (Or when food runs out)

 Location:        Camarillo Shelter Horse Barn

Located at rear of shelter property by horse corrals

(Park near corner of Aviation Dr. and Convair St. and walk to barn)

If you would like to make a donation to the Pet Pantry, small donations can be dropped off at the shelter’s front office, Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm.  Contact the number below for larger donations.

For more information on the Pet Pantry, call 388-4341 or email .

more information-

Ventura County Star October 21, 2009

People who need a helping hand to feed their pets during the current economic downturn can now get help from a new service being offered by the Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo.

On Sunday mornings, the shelter is offering a weekly Pet Pantry where pet owners can get free food for their dogs and cats.

The new pet pantry will be the only formal free pet food program of its kind in Ventura County and although the Department of Animal regulation and control also operates an animal shelter in Simi Valley, the pet pantry is only available at the Camarillo location.
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« Reply #49 on: December 17, 2009, 10:11:29 AM »


Inland Valley Daily Bulletin October 12, 2009

ONTARIO - The story of financially-strapped families has become all too familiar for Pastor Jonathon Edwards.

The Bethel United Church of Christ pastor said families are not only being forced to give up their homes, but they are also being forced to give up a member of their family - their pet.

In an effort to help struggling families, Bethel UCC has partnered with Rancho Cucamonga-based UHS Schools and Ontario Veterinary Hospital to start up the Furry Friends Pet Food Bank.

The bank will pass out pet food on the last Saturday of every month, said Edwards, who owns two dogs.

The first pet food collection will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Stater Bros., 1939 E. 4th St. in Ontario.

The food drive will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For information about the pet food bank, call the church office at (909) 984-9111.

Update- January 8, 2010

I have a couple of more updates for you from Jonathon Edwards, of Bethel United Church of Christ in Ontario regarding his pet food bank.
Here are some details about what they are in need:

-unopened dry dog food
-cash donations to buy pet food (tax deductible)
-volunteers to help out on distribution days or to help with food drives

Donations of any kind can be received in the church office from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday or at other times if they call.
Also, Edwards is asking people who come to receive food to either bring their pets or bring their license or vaccine records.

Also, as a reminder, rain or shine, holidays or no holidays, the church will always have their pet food bank distribution on the last Saturday of every month.

Bethel United Church of Christ is located at 536 N. Euclid or you can call their office at 909-984-9111
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« Reply #50 on: December 17, 2009, 10:12:48 AM »

California-Santa Cruz-

"As the economy sputters, local pet owners struggle to feed their animal friends, according to the Santa Cruz Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"Aid requests at Heather's Pet Food Bank, which is run by the society, have increased 50 percent compared to a year ago, said Executive Director Lisa Carter.

"According to Bark magazine, Heather's Pet Food Bank is one of the nation's oldest and largest pet food banks in the nation. The society distributes 7,000 pounds of dog and cat food to needy pet owners every month, Carter said.

"The pet food bank started 10 years ago and is named in memory of Heather Zir, a local musician and animal advocate. Zir's family donated money in her name to help the society build a storage facility for the bank."

Heather's Food Pantry is part of the Santa Cruz SPCA.


Heather’s Pet Food Bank regularly distributes over 7,000 pounds of food a month to economically challenged and senior pet owners. With the economy in a recession, this special program is helping many families cope with enormously difficult times.
If you're having a tough time making ends meet, stop by and pick up some food.

WHERE:  2685 Chanticleer Avenue  Santa Cruz, California

WHEN:  Every Friday 4:00-6:00 PM

Mailing Address

Santa Cruz SPCA
PO Box 3800
Santa Cruz, CA 95063

Physical Address
Santa Cruz SPCA
2685 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Adoption Center:(831) 465-5000
Fax: (831) 479-8530
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« Reply #51 on: December 17, 2009, 10:13:55 AM »


Tehachapi, California-

"S.T.O.P., Save Tehachapi’s Orphaned Pets, is reaching out to Tehachapi cat lovers who are having a difficult time making ends meet.

"On Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., S.T.O.P. volunteers will pass out two bags of cat food per Tehachapi family during their regular adoption day activities at the Radio Shack and Books & Crannies.

"Supplies are limited to about 60 bags of cat food and S.T.O.P. asks that only residents in real need partake. All S.T.O.P. asks in return is your name, address and phone number for our records.
Records may be used later to apply for certain grants.

"Last month S.T.O.P. received a large load of pet food from Josh Pasewaldt, the owner of Newbury Park Feed.

“"We kept what we thought we would need for our foster families and passed out the rest to the Tehachapi Humane Society, SOS Dobie, Beagles and Buddies, Rainbow Rescue and Pet Matchmakers. But we still have quite a bit of cat food and we want to put it to good use,” said Chelley Kitzmiller, a founding member of S.T.O.P.

"S.T.O.P. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) in it’s second year of operation. To date the Stoppers have successfully rescued and adopted out over 200 cats and dogs. Additionally, the organization has put aside $7000 toward building a shelter facility in Tehachapi. For membership information of volunteer opportunities, please call our recorded S.T.O.P. line 823-4100."


California-Kern County-

STOP-Save Tehachapi's Orphaned Pets
785 Tucker Road, Suite G, Box 460
Tehachapi CA 93561
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« Reply #52 on: December 17, 2009, 10:15:26 AM »

Taft, California

More and more people are finding it hard to make ends meet in these tough times.

That means feeding pets that many consider a part of their family, too, is something some people just can’t afford.

Volunteers and the Taft NEEDS Center are trying to do something about that.

Food for pets is now available through the center, located at 110 Asher Ave, along with other forms of assistance.

“We’re dealing with people just struggling to get by,” said NEEDS Center Director Bill Wickwire. “Sometimes pets just get left out because there are other issues.”

Linda Hodges donated her own money to buy dog and cat food to hand out with the people food for people dealing with tough times, an local businesses have also given bags of food.

Hodges has run her own animal rescue operation in the area, taking unwanted pets and finding the foster homes, permanent homes or taking them to no-kill shelters in Ojai or San Luis Obispo.

She said families running out of money for human needs often end up abandoning pets.

The NEEDS Center already has its hands full providing assistance with rent, utilities, food and clothing, and Hodges thanked Wickwire for taking on the project “out of the goodness of his heart.”
Hodges and Wickwire said they welcome donations of pet food or cash to purchase it.

The NEEDS Center is open Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Call 763-4888 and leave a message if you want to help out.
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« Reply #53 on: December 17, 2009, 10:17:00 AM »

California-Orange County-

More information-

Orange County Register November 12, 2009

Friends of Lake Forest Animals and The Pet Rescue Center have again teamed up on "Pet Food for the Unemployed."

The program provides free food to jobless pet owners. Organizers would like to see proof of unemployment. The event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Affordable Spay and Neuter in Laguna Hills, 24861 Alicia Parkway, Suite D. The clinic will also offer low-cost spay and neuter services, vaccines and microchipping.

This will be this month's only giveaway. December's giveaway at will held at the same location on Dec. 4.

FOLFA regularly donates pet food to The South County Outreach where more than 300 families a month are able to receive help in caring for their animals. Those unable attend Friday's event can visit the South Orange County Outreach food bank during their normal business hours.

South County Outreach
26776 Vista Terrace
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: 949-380-8144

Friends of Lake Forest Animals and South County Outreach Pet food bank for dogs, cats, birds.
26776 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, Calif. Call 949-722-1511.

Contact page FOLFA.

Pet Food Drive
FOLFA collects pet food to deliver to area food banks to help our struggling neighbors for their pets.
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« Reply #54 on: December 20, 2009, 11:28:32 AM »

California-Sonoma county-

Pets Are Loving Support
P. O. Box 1539
Guerneyville, CA 95446

Pets Are Loving Support is a non-profit agency organized to improve the quality of life of people with AIDS by preserving and promoting the human/animal bond through the care and maintenance of their animal companions.

We Do:

Provide immediate assistance to clients upon registration. Application, proof of SSI or financial need and letter of diagnosis required.

Provide volunteers to exercise animals for clients whose health prevents it.

Cage, tank and litter box cleaning and other hygienic assistance for clients whose health requires it.

Regular home deliveries of free pet food for clients with limited mobility.

Foster care and adoption services for our clients' animals when necessary.

Coordinate visits to the veterinarian and vaccination clinics. Provide transportation for pets of clients with limited mobility.

Arrange discounted veterinary services for our clients' animals, and provide an interest free loan and payment plan for clients with financial needs.
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« Reply #55 on: December 25, 2009, 08:16:03 PM »

California-Lake Arrowhead-

Mountains Humane Society
P.O. Box 452
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
Phone: 909-337-6422

Mountains' Humane Society – Lake Arrowhead (Pet Food, Spay/Neuter Assistance)

Have two website links for the society--neither of them are working correctly.  If you are in this area and in need, suggest contacting them as they are shown as having a pet food bank.

The link is from Google cached page-text only:

We have been getting more and more requests for pet food(s) from low income families so they can feed their pets.  If you would like to help us with this need, please send a check payable to MHS and indicate "food bank" in the memo section or on the envelope.  This money will be used to purchase and deliver food to these families. If you would like a tax receipt, we would be more than happy to supply that to you; just ask!
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« Reply #56 on: December 29, 2009, 08:47:54 PM »

California-Redondo Beach/Culver City area-

Note-this is for cats only.

A Cat's Tale
4001 Inglewood Avenue
Ste 101-285
Redondo Beach, CA 90278-1121
(310) 973-9353

When pet food or litter is donated to us, we are happy to distribute it to low-income families with pets in our area.

If you would like to contribute to this effort, cat food may be brought to the PETCO in Culver City and please mark it for A Cat's Tale - Pet Food Bank.

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #57 on: December 29, 2009, 09:05:50 PM »

California-San Mateo-

Samaritan House
Client Services
4031 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403
(Second Floor)
Phone: 650-347-3648
Fax: 650-347-6066
First come, first served:
Mon., Wed, Fri, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.and 1 - 5 p.m.
By appointment only:
Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m - 12 p.m. and 1- 5 p.m.

Food Pantry
4031 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone: 650-703-3398
Hours: Mon.- Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

San Mateo Daily Journal January 19, 2009

"news about how your local animal shelter, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, is sharing some of its donations. Throughout the year, we receive donated pet food and supplies. If it’s unopened, we accept it! And since we need to feed a consistent brand of food for the shelter animals’ sake, we redistribute donated food that isn’t “our” brand. We give food away with some adoptions or during community clinics. Given the current economic climate, we figured it was time for a more structured pet food bank. We handpicked Samaritan House as a partner and will make the first of what we hope is several annual pet food deliveries to their organization this Thursday. Samaritan House and other, local human services agencies have experience getting food to less fortunate people. And, we know some of those people have pets. As an organization that is all about making matches, we think we just found a winner."
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« Reply #58 on: January 04, 2010, 07:25:13 PM »

California-Concord-Contra Costa County-


"The economic downturn has left more families struggling financially. Some pet guardians may feel the need to surrender or abandon their cat or dog.  In order to help these families, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) and Bollinger Canyon Animal Hospital are partnering to collect pet food for Contra Costa families in need. The goal is to collect 2,500 pounds of food during the holiday season. The pet food collected will be given away at local food banks along with the traditional foods.
"Dr. Sandy Block of Bollinger Canyon Animal Hospital in San Ramon and a member of the Board of Directors of ARF believes there are too many pets who are going without sufficient nourishment during this economic downturn. Dr. Block said, "Some pet caregivers are having to make difficult decisions and the bottom line is they simply do not have enough funds available to feed their pets". "We're asking others who are able to assist, to please do so", said Dr. Block.

"Donations of cat and/or dog food, wet or dry that is unexpired and unopened can be dropped off at:

400 MONTGOMERY ST (Corner of Bollinger Canyon & Alcosta Blvd.) SAN RAMON, CA 94583

Collection Times:
December 1 - December 30, 2009
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you need pet food, please contact:

Salvation Army
3950 Clayton Road, Concord
Lauri Vint, ext. 10 or Karen Shreve, ext. 11
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« Reply #59 on: January 10, 2010, 08:15:59 AM »


Haven Humane Society
7449 Eastside Rd
Anderson, CA 96007
Shelter:  (530) 241-1653
Clinic:  (530) 241-1658 January 10, 2010

Supplies are low at Haven's pet-food bank

"A pet-food bank is in urgent need of resupply at the Haven Humane Society in Redding.

"Feed for puppies and dogs, as well as food for kittens and cats, is needed at the shelter, Haven CEO Raymond John said.

"Some individuals and businesses have organized pet-food drives, but more help is needed, John said.

""We could certainly use another big boost right now," John said.

"Call 241-1653 for more information about the program."

Though there's no information about the food bank on the shelter's website, the news story indicates they do operate a pet food bank--contact them for more information.
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