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« on: December 17, 2009, 05:57:01 PM »


Faith Centre
110 W High St
Bellefonte, PA.
Phone: 814.355.4400

The FAITHCENTRE Food Pantry routinely serves more than 250 eligible families with State/Federal surplus food each month. In addition, more than 75 families take advantage of emergency food distribution per year.

pet food (yes, we offer cat and dog food).

Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10am-Noon; Wednesday: 10am-2pm

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2009, 05:57:54 PM »

Pennsylvania-Bethel Park-

Christ United Methodist Church
44 Highland Road
Bethel Park, Pa 15102

Button's Pantry provides food for pet owners who cannot afford to purchase food for their pets. If you would like to donate pet food, coupons for pet food or monetary funds to Button's Pantry, please contact Joe Hirsch at or (412) 279-1996.  


WPXI-TV December 15, 2009

BETHEL PARK, Pa. -- "Some pet owners are having trouble feeding their animals, but the group Hearts and Paws is coming to the rescue.

"Hearts and Paws is a pet ministry through Christ Methodist Church in Bethel Park.

"The group accepts donations of pet food and stores it in a warehouse. It then sets up a distribution center at its church.

""People were bringing pets back to the shelter and abandoning them, and we didn't want that to happen. The reason they were doing that was because they could no longer afford to feed them," said Joe Hirsch of Hearts and Paws.

"Hirsch told Channel 11 that he learned some people were cutting their own medications in half to save money to feed their pets.

"Those who are in need can fill out an application through the church for help.

Update--New phone number for Hearts and Paws, if you can either provide help or need help:

The Almanac December 15, 2010

Assistance from Hearts & Paws is open to men and women of all faiths and their pets. To volunteer, offer donations or for assistance with a pet need, call 412-277-1096.
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2009, 05:58:30 PM »


PO Box 804
Clarion, PA  16214

July of 2008, Clarion PAWS' (Pet Adoption and Welfare Society) established a pet food bank program to support our mission to promote and advance humane and protective care and treatment of companion animals by positive community interaction.

We all know that taking care of a pet is a life-long commitment.  In a perfect world, everyone would be able to provide for their pets' needs.  But ours is not a perfect world.  In these extremely uncertain times many of us find that our financial circumstances are changing for the worse.  Where that is the case, Clarion PAWS will be helping to ease the financial burdern of feeding your pet by distrubiting donated pet food and litter through local food banks in our Clarion, Forest and Jefferson counties.

Pet food and cat litter is distributed on a first come, first serve basis to individuals who meet certain low income-fixed income guidelines.  This program will operate as long as we receive donated pet foods from local businesses, private donations and orgainized food drives by private individuals.  We currently participate in the Angel Food Ministries and Second Harvest food banks operated by Strattanville Methodist Church and St. Michael's Church in Fryburg and we recently supplied a food bank in Brookville with approximately a ton of pet food.

Clarion PAWS' Pet Food Bank is funded solely by pet food donations and administered completely by volunteers.  We accept any brand of dog food or cat food and cat litter.  Those businsesses that are donating broken bags of pet food and cat litter are Wal-Mart (Clarion & Punxsautawney) and Tractor Supply, Clarion.

We distribute approximately 1200 lbs. of pet food and 400 lbs. of cat litter monthly to low income and fixed income individuals who depend almost completely on Clarion PAWS to help feed their pets.  Our warehouse inventory is always close to being depleted and any and all contributions towards our program are deeply appreciated.  For more information or if you have questions, you should email or call 814-229-1231.

FOOD BANK:  Pet food is purchased and distributed to local food banks and cat colony caregivers.
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2009, 05:59:44 PM »

Pennsylvania-Orwigsburg-Schuylkill County-

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Nov 24, 2009 (The Times-Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- In some needy families, four-legged members feel the pinch just as much as their owners.

Brunswick Veterinary Hospital, just outside Orwigsburg, is aiding families with pets by collecting pet food to help stock local food pantries.

At the pantries, the pet food will be available alongside the usual staples for humans.

The drive will continue as long as there is a need, the hospital said.

Dr. Denise Jones and the office staff decided to take action to help as many pets as possible stay with their families.

"People still need to donate food to the shelters to help the animals that are there, but we are hoping to keep the animals at home by providing help for the families," Schantzenbach said.

Staff at Hillside SPCA think the food drive is a good idea.

"In this economy, most of the dogs we have been getting are coming in because people can't afford to feed them or have veterinary care," Anna Coleman, a Hillside SPCA kennel technician, said Monday. "People are also moving because of the economy and can't take pets or are being evicted."

Coleman said the shelter takes in about two to three dogs every day.

"We would encourage anyone that can help to help," Coleman said. "We run on donations and understand how important it is for people to help in whatever way they can. If someone is offering a way for people to keep their pets, that is always a good thing."

The vet staff got the word out and has collected about 200 pounds of dog and cat food so far, but additional food is needed.

Food can be dropped off at the veterinary office at 30 New Philadelphia Road during office hours.

Food pantries at St. John United Church of Christ and Salem United Methodist Church, both in Orwigsburg, have been contacted and will take turns accepting the food. Other food pantries are encouraged to contact the veterinary hospital to participate.

Brunswick Veterinary Hospital is also offering a free nail trim and rabies shot for any pet that is adopted from a shelter or rescue, when owners bring them in for a wellness visit.

"We are trying to also encourage adoption versus buying a pet," Schantzenbach said.

What: Pet food drive

Where: Brunswick Veterinary Hospital  30 New Philadelphia Road, Orwigsburg

Contact: 943-2323

8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday
8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday
8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday
8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Thursday
8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday

Donations will go to local food pantries and will be distributed to families with pets.

Suggest contacting the hospital for more information.
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2009, 06:00:47 PM »


Animal Friends
562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

2009 Quantifiable Objectives

Further develop partnerships with local food pantries to reach out to more pet owners in crisis through the Chow Wagon pet food bank program.

Pittsburgh Live June 24, 2008

Ohio Township-based Animal Friends started its "Chow Wagon" in April 2006, supplying food for dogs and cats to food pantries in Allegheny County. During the past year, the organization distributed almost 15,000 pounds of donated pet food and treats.
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2009, 06:01:53 PM »

Pennsylvania-Monroe County-

Eastern Pennsylvania Animal Alliance
P.O Box 123
Sciota, PA 18354

Monroe County Meals on Wheels has started a program to integrate pet food deliveries to low-income clients into our routine deliveries.

You can help by donating canned or dry dog or cat food:

food should be unopened, not expired

canned food should not be dented

bags should weigh no more than 20 pounds (think of how much a frail elderly person can lift)

Or, if you dont want to be hassled with the purchase and transport of food, checks made out to Monroe County Meals on Wheels - designated for "pet food" would be greatly appreciated.

Our Address for dropping off food or mailing a check:
Monroe County Meals on Wheels
St. Johns Lutheran Church
9 North 9th Street

You can drop off food at this location or call us at (570) 424-8794 to arrange for a pick up.

If you have any questions or suggestions please don't hesitate to phone our office
between the hours of 8:30 and 3pm, M-F.
About the Program
This food is intended to be supplemental; we cannot supply each pet’s entire diet.
How long these deliveries continue will depend on support from the community.
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2009, 06:02:28 PM »

Pennsylvania-Monroe County-

Monroe Animal League
P. O Box 23
East Stroudsburg PA 18360

Provide pet food, when available, to the needy
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2009, 06:03:31 PM »

Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh area-

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society
1101 Western Ave  
Pittsburgh PA 15233

Ellie's Pet Pantry

To Receive Food:

During these tough economic times, everyone is being hithard.  The Western PA Humane Society wants to help!
We have started a program, Ellie’s Pet Pantry, to help families that have fallen on hard times and are struggling to
keep their animals and their families intact.  If you can’t afford to feed your pet and need some extra help, please come to the Western PA Humane Society on the North Shore and we will give you food for your animals.

A photo identification is required when picking up food.

For a pickup appointment and type of animals or if you have any questions about our program, please contact
Linda Feitl at 412-321-4625 x.246 or email her at     Calls will be returned Mon -Thurs between 9:00 and 3:00. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

We are sorry but we are only able to help individuals, not rescue groups or breeders.

To Offer Your Help:

Donations to Ellie's Pet Pantry are urgently needed.  If you can help, please deliver donations of canned or dry pet food to the Western PA Humane Society at 1101 Western Avenue, 15233.  The Humane Society facility is located on the North Shore.  We welcome donations for household animals of any species,including rabbits, ferrets, birds, hamsters and guinea pigs; the program's clientele is not confined to dogs and cats.

Official Drop-off Sites for Ellie's Pet Pantry

Robinson's Home and Garden
527 Blackburn Road
(just a block from Beaver Street) Sewickley, PA 15143

So Ho of Sewickley
408 Beaver Street Sewickley, PA 15143

If you have any questions please call 412-321-4625 Option 4 or The need for this program is serious and ongoing.  As families struggle with the loss of jobs and other sources of income, your help can make all the difference to sparing children, parents, and the family pet the heartache of separation. Furthermore, this program is a win-win proposition:  Bykeeping the animals in their homes and out of a shelter, the program avoids putting additional stress on our shelter and our limited resources.   Thank you for your support!
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2009, 06:04:20 PM »


The Pennsylvania SPCA
350 E. Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134
(215) 426-6300 March 1, 2009

"Here's a way to keep more pets in their homes and out of the shelter: Offer dog and cat food to needy families who themselves may be turning to food banks for help. That's exactly what the Pennsylvania SPCA did opening Philadelphia's first food bank for pets.

"During its grand opening today, the pet food bank helped about ten families, including a man who needed some kibble for the 15-year-old dog he had adopted from the shelter ten years ago, said spokeswoman Heather Redfern. Others came loaded with donations for the hungry pets. The food bank's opening comes as news reports reveal the economy is forcing more families to give up their beloved animals or worse, some abandon them on the streets.

"The food bank will be open every other Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., at the PSPCA’s Philadelphia Adoption Center located at 350 E. Erie Avenue. The next opening is March 15. Dog and cat food, as well as cat litter, will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

'For more information, email or call 215-426-6300. Individuals and organizations wishing to donate food for the program  - or towels, treats or toys for shelter residents - can stop by the PSPCA’s Philadelphia Adoption Center seven days a week. For more information on making a food donation, contact PSPCA Director of Development Rachel McCrystal at 215-426-6304, ext. 217 or"
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2009, 06:05:28 PM »


Humane Society of Harrisburg Area
7790 Grayson Road
Harrisburg, PA  17111
Phone: (717) 564-3320
Fax: (717) 564-1867

Pet Food Bank

Because HSHA participates in the Hill’s/Science Diet Shelter Feeding Program, we frequently have an excess of donated food of other brands.  This food is placed into our Pet Food Bank for needy pets in the community.  Pet owners who are struggling to feed their pets may access the food bank, and food is also distributed through other local animal welfare organizations and food banks.  Patrons of the pet food bank who need dog food are required to show proof of a valid dog license.  Dog licenses are required by law and can be a life-saving tool for stray or lost dogs.  Dog licenses can be purchased for a nominal fee at HSHA.

HSHA also partners with AniMeals, who distributes pet food to elderly pet owners participating in Meals on Wheels.  For more information, contact HSHA at (717) 564-3320.

In addition, donations to the pet food bank may be made at the following locations:

Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg)

Karns Quality Foods - Harrisburg (6001 Allentown Boulevard, Harrisburg)

Karns Quality Foods - Lemoyne (1200 Market Street, Lemoyne)

Karns Quality Foods - Mechanicsburg (4870 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg)

Karns Quality Foods - Boiling Springs (413 Forge Road, Boiling Springs)

Karns Quality Foods - Middletown (101 South Union Street, Middletown)

Karns Quality Foods - New Bloomfield (35 Centre Drive, New Bloomfield)

Karns Quality Foods - Hershey (731 Cherry Drive, Hershey)

Teg's Canine Clippery (335 Bridge Street, New Cumberland)

Benny's Pet Depot (5202 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg)

Pet Authority (3997 Sunnycrest Drive, Harrisburg)

PETCO (5125 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg)
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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2009, 06:06:35 PM »

Pennsylvania-Reading-Berks County-

Humane Society of Berks County
1801 N 11th Street
Reading, PA 19604
Phone 610-921-2348
Fax 610-921-5833

Ani-Meals on Wheels

One of the most effective ways to decrease the number of animals in shelters is to keep them from entering in the first place.  When hard times lead good pet owners to have to make the decision to feed their pet or feed their family, the HSBC is there to make that decision a little easier.  The HSBC's Ani-Meals on Wheels program is a pet food bank program that provides free pet food to pet owners in need until they can get back on their feet.  For those pet owners who are housebound, Ani-Meals on Wheels will deliver food and essential supplies directly to them at home.

If you know of an individual or family in need of  Ani-Meals on Wheels services or if you would like to donate food and supplies to the HSBC, contact Jennifer Long, Community Outreach Director, at 610-921-2348, ext.13 or

Qualifications and informational brochure at link.

The HSBC announces that the groundbreaking Ani-Meals On Wheels Program has been  expanded to Montgomery County!  The Humane Society of Berks County is partnering with Family Services of Montgomery County, MontCo's Meals On Wheels service provider.


Reading Eagle December 18, 2009

"The Humane Society of Berks County will host a special holiday pet food distribution on Christmas Eve at its Lindy Scholar Center, 1801 N. 11th St.

"Surplus cat and dog food will be given away to those in need from 9 a.m. to noon or until the food is gone."


Pottstown Mercury December 20, 2009

"The Humane Society of Berks County, the leader in animal welfare, will be assisting those who are having trouble feeding their pets this holiday season by distributing pet food at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Pottstown Cluster Outreach Center, 137 Walnut St.

"The distribution will last until noon or until supplies are exhausted. The pet food is excess donated to the Humane Society's Ani-Meals on Wheels program, which serves the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged by providing free pet food and discounted veterinary services.

"The Humane Society will also host a special holiday food distribution on Christmas Eve at its Lindy Scholar Center, located at 1801 N. 11th St. in Reading. Surplus cat and dog food will be given away to those in need from 9 a.m. to noon, or until supplies are exhausted."
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« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2009, 06:08:11 PM »


PAWS Pittsburgh
415 Center Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

PAWS supplies an Animal Food Bank to help support the care of our client's animals.  In cooperation with Animal Friends of Pittsburgh, we are able to provide discounted Spay/Neuter services and rabies vaccinations.   PAWS provides transportation services to those clients who cannot transport their animals to veterinary appointments.

Contact them for more information as to who qualifies.
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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2009, 06:09:13 PM »

Pennsylvania-Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley-

Animal Food Bank of Lehigh Valley
Northampton Community College
Fowler Family Southside Center
511 E. Third Street, Lower level, Room 73
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 10 AM - 4 PM
(Effective October 9th, 2009)
Hellertown, PA 18055-B
BY PHONE:  (484) 851-8000
Please leave a message. A volunteer will return your call.


EMERGENCY FOOD for individuals and families in financial crisis.
Please contact the food bank at (484)851-8000
Please contact the food bank at (484)851-8000.
Food is distributed on the second, third and fourth Friday* at our new location:
*Day is scheduled based on alphabetical order of recipients last name.


Lehigh Valley Live January 20, 2010

"The Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley will sponsor an emergency pet food distribution day to serve low-income families and their pets 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the EPAA Spay/Neuter Clinic in the Rainbow Plaza on Route 209 in Chestnuthill Township.

"Volunteers from Eastern Pennsylvania Animal Alliance will be co-hosting the event while providing a vaccination clinic 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the same day. Dogs should be brought on a leash and cats should be in carriers.
"Vaccination clinic fees are as follows: $12, rabies vaccine; $15, distemper/parvovirus vaccine; $12, bordatella vaccine; $20, Lyme vaccine; $5, worming (round and hookworm); $20, microchip; $5, nail clipping – cats; $10, nail clipping – dogs; $25, heartworm/Lyme/ehrlychia/AP test (for dogs); $28, FELV/FIV test (for cats – leukemia and AIDS); $18, FELV test (for cats – leukemia only).

"The Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley received the letter of determination from the IRS stating that its application for 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt status has been approved. For the past five years, the food bank has operated as a nonprofit mission of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem.

"For information regarding the vaccination clinic, call 570-994-5846. For questions about the food distribution program, call 484-851-8000 or visit
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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2009, 06:10:31 PM » June 8, 2009

Centre County (Altoona area), Pennsylvania-

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY - "As the economy continues to sputter, more and more local families are making some tough budget decisions. In Centre County, two women are determined to make sure feeding the family pet is not a casualty of the recession.

“"Since the middle of last year was about the first that I've heard someone on the phone say 'I really want to keep my dog. I really love my dog. I can't afford to feed it,'” Kim Bierly, of Centre County Golden Retriever Rescue, said.

"In less than a year Bierly and Caitlin Rivers have the Pet Pantry of Centre County up and running. In three weeks the two have distributed more than 700 pounds of donated dog and cat food. They believe the family pet cannot be forgotten in an economic downturn.

"For more information about donating, or getting some help from the pet pantry"

Pet Pantry of Centre County

"Welcome to the homepage of the Pet Pantry of Centre County. We are working hard to insure that anyone needing food assistance in Centre County receives it. Food is currently being distributed through the local food banks in the region. Emergency Assistance can be offered at the FaithCentre in Bellefonte.

"Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours at Metzger Animal Hospital in State College. Hours are M-Th 7:30-7, Fr 7:30-5 and Sat 9-12. Thanks so much for your support!! We accept canned or dry foods as well as treats and necessary pet supplies (such as cat litter and food dishes). Monetary donations will be accepted as well. All monies donated will be used to purchase food. Large donations from businesses can be picked up if necessary. Please email us or call for more information."

Pet Pantry of Centre County
PO Box 5159
Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
Phone: 814.441.5796
(Please understand that we are an all volunteer group and we might take a little time to call you back)


This pantry has now moved to another location:

Centre Daily October 24, 2010

"Pet Pantry of Centre County, which provides dog and cat food for local residents, moved Friday from the basement of Centre County PAWS, a nonprofit animal welfare organization located at 1401 Trout Road, State College, to FaithCentre, a Christian, faith-based umbrella of programs, services and facilities, at 110 W. High St., Bellefonte.

"The Pet Pantry’s mission is to collect cat and dog food for those in need and then redistribute it through local food banks and individually. Its current food bank partners are Faith- Centre, Centre Hall/Potter Township Food and Fuel Bank, Fillmore Food Bank (Fillmore United Methodist Church), Howard Food Bank, Millheim (Community Action), Mountaintop Food Bank, Philipsburg (Community Action) and State College Area Food Bank.
Emergency assistance is available through FaithCentre."
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« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2009, 10:01:59 PM »


Molly's Place Rescue
5220 East Trindle Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: (717) 691-5555

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Welcome to the network of agencies that are members of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. These programs are part of a national system of more than 200 food banks and food rescue programs that distribute donated food to hungry Americans.

Molly's Place Pet Rescue
Mechanicsburg, PA

Contact them for more information.
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