The Colorado Pet Pantry is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, and contributions to CNDC for the benefit of Colorado Pet Pantry are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our EIN is 84-1493585.
The Colorado Pet Pantry pet food bank tested the waters in 2013 with a bi-monthly pet food bank at one “human” food bank partner. Once we established that the interest and need were significant, we quickly ramped up to four monthly pet food banks in 2014. During 2015 and 2016, the pet food bank held 5 monthly pet food banks in the Denver/Boulder-metro areas, serving each neighborhood once per month with the goal of ensuring that all families in a neighborhood have the resources to consistently feed their pets, keeping them out of shelters.
How We Work
We partner and distribute directly out of “human” food banks because 1) they have an established relationship with the neighborhood, 2) we can leverage their administrative processes and their buildings, and 3) the availability of pet food helps to ensure that the already limited “human” food is reserved for the humans and pets receive balanced meals.
The work behind the scenes includes soliciting pet food donations, storing the pet food, increasing awareness of the pet food bank, engaging volunteers, and distributing the donated/discounted pet food to families-in-need with pets during multiple monthly pet food banks in the Denver/Boulder-metro area.
Many partners have joined us in the effort to keep pets in their loving homes, including human food banks and resources, pet food stores and suppliers, animal shelters, spay and neuter services, foundations and corporate supporters.
In 2017, we hope to feed 11,000 pets for a month. This year, we grew to eight food bank partners, serving each neighborhood once per month with the goal of ensuring that all families in a neighborhood have the resources to consistently feed their pets, keeping them out of shelters. We have four “mini pet food bank” locations which serve specific people in-need or groups reducing animal homelessness. This year, we launched an emergency pet food program and the Animal Welfare Share Program.
In 2016, our volunteers helped families-in-need to feed 6,335 pets in the Denver/Boulder-metro area and in the rural areas outside of the cities.
In 2015, we distributed 37,222 lbs of dry pet food and 80,142 cans of wet food, helping 2,698 families in the Denver/Boulder-metro area to feed 5,690 pets.
Our volunteers gave 1,100+ hours to distribute 30,553 pounds of pet food, helping 1,500 families in the Denver/Boulder-metro area to feed 3,296 pets.
We distributed 10,499 lbs. of pet food, helping 426 families in the Denver-metro area to feed 858 pets.