The Colorado Pet Pantry dba Animal Haus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our EIN is 45-4210185.
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.
Now, in 2021, CPP is the largest organization of its kind in the US, distributing pet food at 93 monthly pet food banks in 29 Colorado counties and assisting 100 animal rescues with food and supplies throughout the whole state of Colorado. We are constantly adding new locations and partners.
A note about Animal Haus: In March 2018, Colorado Pet Pantry merged with a separate local pet food bank called Animal Haus, to combine efforts and help even more people and pets. Prior to its spin-off in March 2018, Colorado Pet Pantry was a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC).
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.
Our goal for 2020 was to feed 70,000 pets for a month, but due to COVID-19 and the dramatic increase in need, our volunteers helped families-in-need to feed 5.1 million meals (943,807 lbs) which equates to feeding 85,901 pets for a full month throughout the Eastern Slope of Colorado.
As of 2019, we had 54 monthly pet food banks and 90 organizational members within the Animal Welfare Share Program. We distributed one month’s worth of pet food and supplies to 59,316 pets (47,388 dogs and 11,928 cats), including 716,089 lbs, and 78,768 cans. In total, we’ve served 3,558,960 meals. (3.6 million meals)
In 2018, our volunteers helped families-in-need to feed 2.3 million meals (376,651 lbs) to 38,997 pets in the Denver/Boulder-metro area, Colorado Springs, Conifer, Ordway, and other parts of the state. At the end of 2018, we had 25 monthly pet food banks.
Approximately 77 frequent and 200 periodic volunteers participated in critical aspects of program delivery, contributing a total of 7,576 hours of service to the organization at a value of $212,266 ($28.02 per hour in Colorado for 2018; Independent Sector).
In 2017,the organization grew to 15 monthly pet food banks with 75 volunteers giving 11,375 hours to serve 13,333 pets (food for a month) within 4,849 families. In 2017, 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.