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Some New York City food pantries stock pet food as well as human food.

Some New York City food pantries stock pet food as well as human food.

Free & Low-Cost Pet Food, Litter & Supplies

If you live in the New York City area and need a little help affording food and supplies for your pets, these programs can help.

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) Pet Food Pantry

ACC's Pet Food Pantry, housed at their Bronx Admissions Center, is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for dog and cat owners who may be experiencing difficulties in providing for their loved ones. With a generous grant from Animal Farm Foundation and donations from New Yorkers, ACC’s Bronx Admissions Center provides dog and cat food to those in need in the borough. Owners must bring their pets in for free microchipping and sign an enrollment agreement in order to begin receiving pet food.

Pet Food Pantry - ACC Bronx Admissions Center

464 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458

Animal Relief Fund (ARF)

Animal Relief Fund (ARF) helps to keep pets with their families and reduce the number of abandoned dogs and cats by distributing pet food to local food pantries that serve New York families in need.

Food Bank For New York City

Food Bank For New York City sometimes has pet food available at its food pantries (availability depends on how much food has been donated). Contact them for more information.

Healthy Pets Project of NYC

Healthy Pets Project of NYC offers free spay/neuter services, pet food, and supplies for low-income pet owners, and assistance to those facing financial hardship due to a veterinary emergency, with the goal of keeping pets in their homes. Applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must meet certain criteria.

PAWS NY: PAWS Pet Pantry

PAWS NY partners with food banks and food delivery services, and distributes pet food and supplies on a limited basis to people who are having trouble buying food for their pets. We evaluate each client on a case-by-case basis and offer services accordingly.

Pets of the Homeless: Distributing Organizations

Pets of the Homeless works with distributing organizations — local food banks, pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters — who have agreed to distribute the pet food to the homeless and poor in their communities around the country.

More Information & Articles

Pet Food Pantries Offer Relief to Animal Owners Struggling With Bills

by Winnie Hu, The New York Times

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Need help caring for your pet? Resources for tough economic times

by Morieka Johnson, Mother Nature Network

Tuesday, March 6, 2012