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« on: December 17, 2009, 01:29:44 PM »

Maryland-Worcester County-

Worcester County Animal Control
6207 Timmons Road
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Ph: 410.632.1340 December 14, 2009

SNOW HILL — Due to an increase in requests for pet food from area residents hit by the recession, Worcester County Animal Control is seeking donations.

Animal Control is looking for dog and cat food donations to the shelter, which will be distributed to pet owners next week.

Animal Control promotes adoption and proper care and handling of pets, including health and welfare issues such as feeding, registering, vaccinating and spaying and neutering.

Those in need of assistance can call 410-632-1340. Donations are accepted at the shelter, located on Timmons Road.
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2009, 01:30:50 PM »

Maryland-Port Deposit-Harford and Cecil Counties-

Ruff Life Rescue/Ray of Hope Mission Center
960 Craigtown Road
Port Deposit, MD 21904

Ruff Life Rescue works in association with the Ray of Hope Mission Center in Port Deposit, MD to provide a pet food bank two times per month. Contributions to the food bank are tax deductible through the Ray of Hope Mission Center. We offer free dog and cat food to needy and homeless individuals and families in the state of Maryland, primarily in Harford and Cecil Counties, MD.

If you are in need of dog or cat food, please e-mail us at or stop by the Ray of Hope Mission on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month :

Ray of Hope Mission Center
960 Craigtown Road
Port Deposit, MD 21904
Pet food pantry hours: 10am - 11am Friday
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2009, 01:32:23 PM »

Frederick County, Maryland-

"If you are a Frederick County resident, you are eligible to receive assistance in feeding your pet.  The pet food bank is run by the Frederick County Humane Society (FCHS)."

"An increasing number of people who have experienced a recent job loss are visiting our Emergency Pet Food Bank to feed their cats and dogs in tough times. The FCHS emergency pet food bank is available to any county resident who needs temporary help feeding their pet."

Frederick County Humane Society-website at link above.
217 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
phone: 301-694-8300


Thanks to the generosity of area businesses, scout troops, civic organizations and individuals, The Frederick County Humane Society offers a year-round Emergency Pet Food Bank, fully stocked with dog and cat food, and cat litter, to help people who cannot afford to feed their pets due to a financial hardship.

There are no eligibility requirements.

Food Bank clients are asked to come to the back door of our office and ring the bell for assistance with obtaining needed pet food.

Accepted donations include unopened bags and cans of food; cat litter; toys, towels and cages and crates of all sizes.
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2009, 01:34:14 PM »

District of Columbia-Washington DC-

Washington Animal Rescue League
71 Oglethorpe Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Medical Center: 202-726-CARE (2273)

Q: What is the Rescuer’s Food Bank?
A: Building on a successful holiday program established nearly a decade ago, the League now hosts a permanent community pet food and toy bank. Its aim is to help families hold on to and care for their animal companions, even under the current economic challenges.
The Rescuer’s Food Bank is supported entirely through private donations.

Q: How can I support the Rescuer’s Food Bank?
A: Donation of dry or wet dog or cat food can be brought to the League at any time when the shelter is open
. Dry food should be in unopened bags; wet food should be in relatively undamaged aluminum cans.   The program also collects and distributes toys and basic supplies like cat litter, beds, dog leashes, etc.

Q: Do you accept cash donations to the food bank?
A: Yes, you can support the food bank with a monetary donation, which you can make on our online donation page or through the mail (Rescuer’s Food Bank, The Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe Street, NW, Washington, DC  20011).

Q: Can the League pick up donations?
A: The League may be able to pick up large-scale donations if arrangements are made ahead of time.  To look in to this possibility, please call 202-726-2556, ext. 342.

Q: Who is eligible to receive food from the Food Bank?
A: Any current, low-income Medical Center client is automatically eligible to receive food and supplies from the Rescuer’s Food Bank.  Others may also be eligible if they live in the District of Columbia and meet our income guidelines.  To see if they are eligible, interested people may call the League’s Medical Center at 202-726-2273.

Q: What if I have more questions about the Food Bank?
A: Contact the Medical Center at 202-726-2556, ext. 342..


Washington Post October 16, 2009

Dog Owner Has Change of Heart

OGLETHORPE ST. NW, 300 block, Oct. 6. A woman and her son took their two dogs to the league to make them available for adoption. The woman said that she had lost her job and car and had to walk to the league to drop off the animals and that she had no money to feed the dogs. After a staff member told the woman about the free food from the league's pet food bank program, she decided to keep the dogs. A staff member drove the family home.
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2009, 09:17:13 PM »

Maryland-St. Mary's County-

The St. Mary's Animal Welfare League's Pet Food Pantry is in need of donations of pet food and litter. Unopened packages of food and litter can be dropped off at Animal Control in Leonardtown during normal county government hours, at Petco in California, MD during SMAWL's adoption events on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 10am - 2pm, or arranged at other times by calling 410-474-2958.

Special thanks to St. Mary's Animal Control for their partnership in this effort. To have your donation picked up at your home or office by Animal Control, please call Animal Control at 301-475-8018 and arrangements will be made to have your donation picked up.

Pet food is available to St. Mary's County residents who are experiencing financial hardship through loss of employment or other means, but who are trying to keep their pet versus surrendering it to local shelters or rescues. To request assistance, please leave a message on the SMAWL hotline at 301-373-5659 or contact Animal Control at 301-475-8018. Food and litter distribution is dependent on donations received.

St. Mary's County Animal Control home page.

St. Mary's Animal Welfare League
P.O. Box 1232
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Contact either the shelter or animal control for more information.


Washington Post-December 31, 2009

"PET ADOPTIONS AND FOOD DRIVES, sponsored by St. Mary's County Animal Welfare League, which will accept donations of food (and litter) for SMAWL's Pet Food Pantry in unopened bags or cans. Bird food will be accepted in plastic containers; cash donations also accepted. To learn about who qualifies for the food pantry, leave a message on the SMAWL Hotline, 301-373-5659, or contact Animal Control at 301-475-8018. Drives held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Petco, 45205 Worth Lane."
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2010, 11:32:45 PM »

Virginia/Maryland/District of Columbia area-

The Healing Prayer Garden
Contact Pastor Kelley
(703) 941-0052

Pet Food for Families in Need DC/ MD/ VA
Our church will be collecting food for pets of all kinds like dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, birds etc. This is a ministry of our church.
Because of economic hardship, we've learned that a lot of pet owners have been forced to give up their pets to animal shelters or abandon them. Shelters are overcrowding because pet owners simply cannot afford to keep their pets. We would like to help and we encourage you to join us as we help them. If you would like to help a pet, please contact Pastor Greg Kelley at
We are a bona fide church and your donations are tax deductible. As a church we are automatically tax exempt under federal law.

There are many ways you can help:

Canine Food of all Kinds- dry and canned
Feline Food of all Kinds- dry and canned 
Canine & Feline Treats of all Kinds
Small Animal Foods like Rabbit, Ferret, Fish, Bird etc
Pet Blankets & Foldable Crates
Storage Bins & Shelves
Larger Space- Warehouse
Delivery Van

Do you need Food for Your Pet? Contact Pastor Kelley (703) 941-0052

01/11/10 Start-up Donation
Pastor Greg Kelley & Deborah Meyers Kelley of The Healing Prayer Garden

22 lb Dog Food (dry & canned) --available now
13 lbs Cat Food (dry & canned) -- available now
20 lbs Live Fish Foods --currently being cultured- available Feb 2010
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2010, 05:57:51 AM »

Maryland-Bowie-Prince George's county-

Bowie CLAW-Citizens for Local Animal Welfare
P.O. Box 116  
Bowie, MD 20719 January 14, 2010

Bowie CLAW, or Citizens for Local Animal Welfare incorporated in January 2009 and in the year since grew to 100 supporters, with about 30 due-paying members among their ranks and have raised approximately $14,000 to date, said president Tara Kelley-Baker. An anonymous group has also promised CLAW $100,000 to pay for the start up of a Bowie shelter, members said.

The initiative that has had the greatest impact is the pet food assistance program, members said. Working with the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry and Emergency Aid Fund to identify families in need, CLAW has offered assistance to 32 pets since April, said member Connie Carter. The assistance program helps pet owners who may have lost jobs or who are on a fixed income, keep their pet rather than surrender it to a shelter. Local businesses have partnered as drop off points for donations and through the donation of a free storage space, CLAW has a space to store the food until it is distributed. The program has also been a way to spread the message to spay and neuter pets, Garretson said.

Bowie Interfaith Pantry and Emergency Aid Fund
Christian Community Presbyterian Church
3120 Belair Drive
Bowie MD, 20715.
ph: 301-262-6765
fax: 301-262-5177

Our Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am to 11am. We also have an evening pantry one time a month. Reservations are required for the evening pantry.
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2010, 07:34:53 AM »

Maryland-Carroll county-

Community Foundation of Carroll County
255 Clifton Boulevard
Westminster, Maryland 21157
fax: 410-871-9031

Carroll's Pets in Need Campaign 
The purpose of this Fund shall be to provide assistance in the form of food and supplies to pet owning families and individuals in Carroll County, Maryland who are experiencing financial difficulties and are in danger of losing or having to give up their pets for this reason. All grants are subject to the availability of funds and the criteria established for this Fund, which may change from time to time.,0,6017890.story

Baltimore Sun May 10, 2010

"Josephine Brunner got an extra delivery from Meals on Wheels to her Westminster home last Friday.

"Brunner gets meals delivered to her home from Meals on Wheels, and now the organization is partnering with another local organization to provide customers with pet food if it's needed.

"Brunner's pet pit bull Diablo is now guaranteed to get his meals, just like the rest of the family.

""It helps out," Brunner said.

"The food is provided by Carroll's Pets in Need Campaign, a fund set up through the Community Foundation of Carroll County. The fund was started in January 2009 to help families in Carroll provide for their pets.

"Audrey Cimino, executive director for the Community Foundation of Carroll County, said the fund was started after a letter to the editor was published in the Carroll County Times. The letter lamented that people had to abandon their pets during the economic recession because of financial difficulties.

"So, Cimino called the letter's author and asked what could be done to fix the problem.

"Since the organization was founded, it has been able to provide pet food to those in need, and has also given pet food donations to other aid organizations such as The Shepherd's Staff in Westminster, NESAP in Hampstead and ESCAPE Ministries in Sykesville."

The Shepherd's Staff
30 Carroll Street (across the street from Grace Lutheran Church)
Westminster, MD

Subsequently, in 1994, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church offered The Shepherd’s Staff a ten-room house located at 30 Carroll Street in downtown Westminster. Presently, it is from this location that assistance is available to anyone in Carroll County.

NESAP North East Social Action Program
NESAP Community Assistance Program
1046 S. Carroll St.
Hampstead, MD  21074
Voice Mail  410-239-6216   
Fax  410-374-9109

Operates a Food Pantry:

NESAP provides free bags of food from their onsite Food Pantry to Carroll County residents in need.
Call the office at 410-239-6216 to make an appointment.

Escape Ministries
7538 Main Street
Sykesville MD 21784
Tel: 410 549 7230
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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010, 06:58:03 PM »

Maryland-Montgomery county-

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County
18959 Bonanza Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
301-740-2511 December 22, 2010

"Free cat and dog food will be given to people in financial distress who are having trouble feeding their pets on Sunday.

"The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County will distribute 1,000 pounds of pet food between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the league's shelter,18959 Bonanza Way, Gaithersburg.

"Those who pick up free pet food will need to register with their name, address and phone number and show proof of Montgomery County residency.

"The information will help the league in its plan to continue offering free pet food once or more each month.

"More information can be found on the league's website at Donations also may be made through the site."
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2013, 06:07:13 PM »


Luna's House
2801 Pulaski Highway
Edgewood, Maryland 21040

Mission of the Luna’s House Pet Pantry

Our mission is to help people keep the pets they love, and help pets stay in their homes and out of shelters, by providing pet food and supplies on a limited basis during a period of financial difficulty.

How We Help

Luna’s House will provide up to 4 months' of repackaged pet food and supplies to give the client time to get back on their feet. Food and supplies are donated by businesses or individuals, or purchased at wholesale. This means we may not be able to match preferred brands and quantities may be limited.  If a client has a pet with special food needs, they should make a note on their application and we will try to address the need if we can.

Who We Help

    People of all ages, races, marital status
    Unemployed, temporarily or permanently
    Retired, living on social security or other limited income
    Physically or mentally disabled
    Homeless and/or non-traditional home (camp, etc.)
    Others (e.g., rescues, feral cat caretakers, animal welfare groups who would distribute to their people who have met criteria)

How To Get Help

Clients can come to Luna’s House ACEC to apply for assistance or can access the Application Form below. Your completed form can be dropped by or mailed to our facility. Visit the Contact page for our address and directions. Questions about the program can be emailed to

The assistance application must be filled out in its entirety, be signed, dated, and legible. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Once Luna’s House has received the completed application, the client will be added to the processing list.

Clients may receive emergency assistance upon receipt of their application and during the processing period. Emergency supplies may be less or different than what a client will receive once they are active program participants. We will make every attempt to process applications as quickly as possible but please remember that we are a volunteer organization and we cannot guarantee when processing will be completed.

Once a client is accepted into the program, supplies can be picked up on a predetermined date at Luna’s House ACEC by the client or a designated third party. Photo ID will be required at the time of pickup.

Application form link

The pantry rules are on the pet food pantry page.
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