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 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 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 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 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 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.
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by Morieka Johnson, Mother Nature Network
Tuesday, March 6, 2012