11 Years in the Making

What started in 2013 as a Denver-based small nonprofit, supplying pet food to 858 pets per year, has grown into a statewide organization, with over 100 locations, distributing food to over 150,000 pets a year.

Over the last 11 years, Colorado Pet Pantry experienced exponential growth. Donations and need grew hand-in-hand, allowing us to maximize our impact.

However, after the Covid shutdown took hold on pet food manufacturing plants, and large-scale emergency donations ceased, the world suddenly faced an extensive, long-term pet food shortage. See video here about how we handled the pet food shortage. Because of this, Colorado Pet Pantry had to switch gears and focus on stabilization, rather than growth. Now, after two years of established commitment to our communities, we are excited to announce that we have had the ability and opportunity to open a new pet food pantry location in Cortez, CO.

For several years, we have been serving the community of Southwest Colorado, helping people feed and keep their pets, including “open to the public” locations in Mancos, Dove Creek, and Bayfield, as well as “mini pet food pantries” in Durango, Pagosa Springs, and the Ute Mountain Reservation of Towoac.

We held our first Cortez monthly pet food pantry in partnership with Good Samaritan’s Food Pantry on May 31, 2024. The opening of the new location in partnership with Good Sam’s was done with financial support from the LOR Foundation.

After years of no expansion, Colorado Pet Pantry wanted to take the first opportunity to open a pantry in Cortez and help the many guests in this area who need assistance.

Thanks to support from a dedicated core group of volunteers, who travel the area to host the pet food pantries, we were able to assist about 54 families and 228 pets on our first day with about 2,000 pounds of pet food.

We were even surprised by a visit from our prior program manager Suzanne (pictured here with another volunteer) who helped develop the assistance program in this area, before passing the torch to our new Program Manager Kim, who joined our team in January. Kim is making significant strides to help more people and pets in the area.

Suzanne and Colorado Pet Pantry volunteer.

We will be at this location on the last Friday of every month from 12PM to 2PM. Clients are eligible to receive pet food once out of every three months. Our full calendar is here.

Client Spotlight: Meet Wilder Lee. Wilder was one of the rare kitties to visit us “in-purr-son”. He has a disease called Cerebral Hypoplasia. His mom had Feline Leukemia when he was in utero. This disease will likely mean he can never walk and will continue to be 100% dependent on his person for food, water, nurturing, and urination. See Wilder’s Video here.

Due to the high cost of raising a pet with special needs, his person was grateful to pick up pet food at the pantry to assist with keeping Wilder as healthy as possible.

Additional Services: Many guests at this pantry had questions about spay and neuter options in the area. We offer a resource guide with several options (download Southwest Colorado resource PDF), including a mobile spay/neuter service that will host a clinic in September called Bergen Spay Neuter. More info here.

Thank you to everyone who made this new location possible, and Happy 11 Year Birthday to Colorado Pet Pantry. We are very excited to help pet families in the town of Cortez, and to have the ability to add this new location.

To volunteer with us, please visit this link. Colorado Pet Pantry is always grateful and in need of donations to make this work possible. We are able to feed a dog or cat for a full 30 days with just a $5 donation.


Colorado Pet Pantry Expands its Pet Food Bank to Cortez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/30/24

Cortez, CO – Colorado Pet Pantry is hosting a new monthly pet food bank serving the Cortez area. The first pet food distribution event will take place on May 31, 2024 and will continue on the last Friday of every month from 12 – 2 PM.

This pet food bank is in partnership with Good Sam’s Food Pantry and is supported by the LOR Foundation

The addition of the pet food bank in Cortez comes after recent expansion in the Southwest area of Colorado including Dove Creek, Grand Junction, Mancos, and the Towaoc Reservation in the Four Corners region.

“We are thrilled to bring these much-needed services to the Cortez area,” said Eileen Lambert, Executive Director of the Colorado Pet Pantry. “The addition of this pet food bank has been years in the making, and we are grateful to our partners and volunteers who make it all possible. Because of our monthly pet food banks, we’ve been able to keep tens of thousands of pets fed, housed with their loving families, and out of shelters.”

Anyone needing assistance feeding their pets should visit coloradopetpantry.org and click “get help” to learn more.

Volunteers and donations are needed in the area for both the food bank and the warehouse. Interested persons should visit coloradopetpantry.org to learn more about how to support the mission.

About Colorado Pet Pantry

The Colorado Pet Pantry temporarily feeds Colorado pets, allowing families to increase their ability to care for pets with the goal of keeping them out of shelters and with their families. In the past 12 months, the Colorado Pet Pantry has served 9 million meals to hungry pets. The organization has 100 monthly pet food banks. The Colorado Pet Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our EIN is 45-4210185.

More info: coloradopetpantry.org

About the LOR Foundation

LOR works with rural communities in the Mountain West to enhance livability and prosperity while preserving the character that makes each community unique.

More info: lorfoundation.org

About Good Sams Food Pantry

The Good Samaritan Center is a food pantry and emerging community food center in Cortez, CO. We provide food assistance to anyone who needs it through market-style shopping for supplementary groceries and opportunities to grow food for personal use. Households can shop for groceries up to twice per month. Our Goals for 2024 include increasing the quantity and variety of locally produced food we distribute and working with members and partners to continue programs that educate, empower and nourish us as a community.

More info: goodsamscortez.org


Kroenke Sports Charities Supports Pet Families in Colorado

Whether it’s from a donation of pet food, volunteer time, live auction items for our fundraisers, or multiple grants to our organization, one thing is clear: Kroenke Sports Charities takes the livelihood of Colorado pet families seriously.

Over the years Kroenke Sports Charities has been overwhelmingly generous to Colorado Pet Pantry. Each year, they send Bernie, the Avalanche Mascot to one of our pet food pantries to help distribute pet food.

A delight to children and pets, Bernie graciously helps distribute thousands of pounds of kibble to local pet families, helping to keep their pets in their homes and out of shelters.

With the help of Kroenke Sports Charities, Colorado Pet Pantry has distributed over 35 million meals in the last 11 years.

Everything we do, we do with help, and Kroenke Sports Charities has consistently shown up for us, year after year, as a local leader in community support.

Join us in saying THANK YOU to Kroenke Sports Charities!


Memorial Day Pet Food Pantry – Schedule

Colorado Pet Pantry Clients,

The following pet food pantries have been rescheduled due to Memorial Day Weekend:

  • Montrose – Sharing Ministries, 49 N 1st Street, May 17th from 10:30AM to 12:30PM
  • Loveland – Food Bank for Larimer County, 2600 North Lincoln Ave, May 18th from 9AM to 11AM
  • Bayfield – Pine River Shares, 658 S East St, May 20th from 11AM to 1PM

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend.

Colorado Pet Pantry
303-818-0618
info@coloradopetpantry.org


Pet Food Experts Supports Colorado Pet Pantry with Food Donations

Colorado Pet Pantry relies on monthly contributions from large-scale pet food brands to sustain our over 100 monthly pet food pantries. Year after year, Pet Food Experts has heard our calls, and in the last 11 years, donated over 272,000 pounds of pet food to our organization.

Every month, Pet Food Experts donates almost 20 pallets of food to Colorado Pet Pantry, helping over thousands of dogs and cats stay with their families.

Without donors like this, Colorado Pet Pantry would not be able to operate on the scale at which we do. So please join us in saying “THANK YOU” to Pet Food Experts for their incredible generosity and care for their pet-owning community.


Help Colorado Pet Pantry continue to serve Northern Colorado

We are avidly looking for the right volunteer to help us continue to serve Northeastern Colorado. This could be you! Here are a few details of what we need. If you are interested to learn more, please reach out:

Tasks:

  • Pick up pet food from our warehouse in Englewood – this could happen the morning of the pet food bank or a day before, as decided with volunteer and warehouse staff
  • Colorado Pet Pantry warehouse staff will help you load pet food into the Colorado Pet Pantry van
  • You will drive the pet food to Greeley, approximately 1.5 hours North to Weld Food Bank, 1108 H Street and arrive by (or before) 8:30AM on the first Monday of every month.
  • Once there, you will meet your four or five Colorado Pet Pantry volunteers at Weld Food Bank and set up a table for pet food pantry clients to drive through and receive food for their dogs and cats. Colorado Pet Pantry has mastered this process and will train you on best practices to make the pet food pantry flow as easy as possible.
  • The pet food distribution is open to the public from 9AM to 11AM. You will serve pet food to the residents of Greeley and surrounding areas in an effort to help them keep their beloved pets in their homes and out of shelters.
  • At 11AM, you and your volunteers will pack up any remaining supplies into the van.

Importance of this role:
Colorado Pet Pantry is a statewide organization. Our Greeley pet food pantry is our Northern-most pet food pantry, covering the gap of land between Longmont, Loveland, and Fort Morgan, up North to the Wyoming border. This pantry reaches a host of rural communities in desperate need of pet food assistance.

With pet relinquishment at an all-time high, and many shelters reaching maximum capacity, it is essential that we continue to help this community. The Weld Food Bank Pet Food distribution began in March 2021. In our first distribution, we gave over 1,300 pounds of pet food to 46 families and their 108 pets. This location has since grown to distribute over 3,300 pounds of pet food to 101 families and their 373 pets, as of March of 2024. We are looking for a committed volunteer to help us continue this valued service to the Northeastern pet community in Colorado.

Qualifications:

  • Driver’s License with a clean record
  • Leadership skills
  • Great Team-worker
  • Compassion for animals and humans
  • Ability to repetitively lift 20-30lbs
  • Commitment once per month

Time Commitment: Approximately 7-8 hours total per month

  • 30 minutes to an hour at the warehouse getting the van all ready to go
  • 3-hour round trip driving to and from Englewood and Greeley
  • 3 hours setting up, distributing pet food, and breaking down pet food pantry supplies.

Training Opportunities:
 We will train the selected volunteer on all parts of this role. We will assist and accompany until this candidate feels completely comfortable doing things on their own.

Work Environment: 
Our Englewood Warehouse is a shared space with other human food bank partners. We have 2-3 staff at the warehouse at any time to assist with needs. At Weld Food Bank in Greeley, we will set up our pet food pantry in the parking lot, alongside the human food bank during their distribution day. This helps us make our services easier to access, and also provides us with the support of the human food bank staff, should we need anything during out pet food pantry.

Volunteer Perks:
 You get to interact directly with those who are impacted by our services. This is an incredibly rewarding experience. Dogs (and sometimes even cats) often attend the pet food pantry. We will supply you with a Colorado Pet Pantry T-Shirt and involve you in volunteer get-togethers, and appreciation events. Volunteering with Colorado Pet Pantry is a great way to be involved in animal welfare industry in a positive and uplifting way. Keeping families together is a win-win for all involved.

How to Apply:
 To apply for this position, please email your interest to volunteer@coloradopetpantry.org and we will reach out with the next steps.

Colorado Pet Pantry is only as strong as our volunteer force, and we have an amazing team. We are hoping that this opening will be the right opportunity for the right person to step up and make a difference in the lives of pets in Northeastern Colorado.


Client Stories: Tori and Kupka

Sweet Kupka is a 15 year old kitty from Boulder and his human, Tori, visits the EFAA Pet Food Bank. Like many older cats, Kupka requires a substantial amount of wet food in order to thrive. Tori is on Social Security and a very tight budget. She shares, “We are grateful that Colorado Pet Pantry is able to help us through the generosity of their supporters.”

In the last 12 months, Colorado Pet Pantry distributed over 309,000 cans of wet food across the entire state of Colorado. Through the generosity of its donors, Colorado Pet Pantry has been able to ensure many cats like Kupka get the nutrition they need in order to stay healthy and happy. If you would like to make a donation visit coloradopetpantry.org/donate today.


Volunteer Spotlight: Krystal Parish

We are excited to shine a spotlight on one of our remarkable volunteers who has been making a significant impact through her dedication and passion. Meet Krystal Parish!

Why Krystal Stands Out

Krystal has been working with Colorado Pet Pantry for seven years. Beyond her commitment to our mission, she is an avid traveler, skier, and devoted animal lover.  

Krystal goes above and beyond by actively participating in our fundraising efforts, helping to staff community pet food banks, lead community outreach events, and transporting pet food donations from all over the state!

You can catch Krystal at Parry’s Pizza this Thursday, or out hitting the slopes in Winter Park. Be sure to check out her generously donated auction item, available for rent year-round! 

Words of Appreciation

We’re incredibly grateful to have Krystal as part of our team! Her infectious positivity, sense of humor, and genuine passion for our cause light up our community.

Working with Krystal isn’t just fun and fulfilling—it amplifies our impact for animals in need. We appreciate her dedication and uplifting spirit, and we’d love for more folks to join us in making a difference together!

Join Krystal and others in making a difference by exploring volunteer opportunities on our website. Not able to volunteer? Consider making a donation. Thanks to our pet food partnerships, just a $5 donation can support one dog or cat with 30-days worth of pet food.


Exciting Opportunity for the Right Volunteer

We are looking for the right individual to run our Greeley pet food pantry. This pet food pantry serves a large area in Northeastern Colorado, and this community counts on Colorado Pet Pantry. On the first Monday of every month, from 9-11AM, we distribute about 1,500 pounds of dog food and 550 pounds of cat food to 80 families, helping over 300 pets stay in their loving homes. 

As lead volunteer, you would transport pet food in our Colorado Pet Pantry van, from our Englewood Warehouse, North to Greeley, and then back again after the pet food bank. The volunteers arrive at Weld Food Bank, at 8:15AM, help you set up and distribute pet food to our clients. Then at 11AM, the pet food bank closes, you and your volunteers pack up any remaining supplies into the van (there usually isn’t much if any), and depart about 11:30AM. 

Test the Waters – On Monday, April 1st, join us in Greeley to find out if this is the right fit for you. If you have ever volunteered at a pet food pantry before, you would know this is a very rewarding experience, with lots of wagging tails involved. 🙂

Email info@coloradopetpantry.org if you would like to join us in April.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,
Eileen Lambert
Executive Director
Colorado Pet Pantry


Purina Supports Colorado Pets through Ongoing Pet Food Donations

Since Colorado Pet Pantry began in 2013, Purina has donated almost 200,000 pounds of pet food and supplies to the program. This type of large-brand ongoing donation is what makes Colorado Pet Pantry’s work possible.

Thanks to Purina, we are able to plan ahead, strategize, and help as many pets as possible in Colorado with pet food assistance. Purina cares about their community and has stepped up in numerous situations with large-scale donations of dog and cat food.

Join us in saying THANK YOU to our amazing pet food donor, Purina. ❤️


Pet Food Bank Change – Tamarac Salvation Army Southeast Denver

Southeast Denver Clients:

We’re writing to notify you that the Calvary Baptist Church pet food bank will be changing locations to the Tamarac Salvation Army, at the previous Embassy Suites, 7525 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80231 on the 3rd Friday of the month, from 10AM-11:30AM, starting immediately. This pet food bank will continue to be in partnership with Jewish Family Service. 

Location – there is no signage on this building as of right now. You will enter at the Norteast corner of the building, as seen on the map.

Colorado Pet Pantry 
303.818.0618 
info@coloradopetpantry.org 


Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Honors Fallen K9

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Colorado Pet Pantry to honor a fallen K-9.

A year ago, K-9 Graffit was lost in the line of duty near the Colorado School of Mines campus.

Graffit was helping sheriff’s deputies assist the Golden Police Department. The suspect was taken into custody.

Now, to honor the 10-year-old German shepherd, sheriff’s deputies are partnering with Colorado Pet Pantry to collect dog and cat items to help owners going through a tough time.

“Graffit sacrificed his life a year ago,” Colorado Pet Pantry founder Eileen Lambert said. “I know people wanted to honor his memory and give back to other dogs and cats.”

How to donate to dogs, cats in honor of K-9

Our biggest need is dry dog and cat food. Financial donations can be made here

Locations to drop off items:

“Donations continue to pour into the department. People just wanted to help,” Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokesperson Karlyn Tilley said.

Video: https://kdvr.com/news/local/donation-drive-for-dogs-cats-k-9-graffit/


Only Natural Pet Supports Colorado Pet Families

We LOVE Only Natural Pet!

This local company, founded right here in Boulder, has been an instrumental supporter of Colorado pet families for as long as Colorado Pet Pantry has existed.

In addition to monthly multiple-pallet-sized (thousands of pounds) donations of brand new pet food, Only Natural Pet donates all close to best-by date or damaged bags of pet food to Colorado Pet Pantry. THIS is how we are able to operate.

This type of product, no longer sell-able in stores, would otherwise be headed straight to the landfill. Colorado Pet Pantry rescues this pet food, and with the help of valued partners like Only Natural Pet, directs it straight into the bowls of dogs and cats who need it the most.

Thank you, Only Natural Pet, for partnering with us in our mission to reduce the unwanted pet population, and ensure that no pet family need to relinquish their beloved pet due to financial constraints or lack of resources. Your efforts do not go unnoticed, and we are so happy to have you on board.


Three Easy Ways to Support Colorado Pet Pantry

January 30th, February 27th and March 28th, you do not need to go to the store and pickup up supplies for dinner, because you, your friends and your family are all going out for pizza at any of the 13 Parry’s Pizza locations. Dine in to donate!

Any time you shop at King Soopers or City Market, register your rewards card to benefit Colorado Pet Pantry, and 3% of your grocery bill will be donated directly to us.

We earn over $21,000 (WOW) per year because of this program, and it’s a great way for people to donate to us without having to spend any extra money.
View Detailed Instructions Here

‘Tis the season – tax season that is. Each year we all scramble between the end of January and the middle of April to do our taxes. This year, there is a great way to donate your Colorado tax refund directly to any charity of your choice. We would be honored to be considered as your favorite charity.

When you file your taxes, add our registration number, 20123031891, on the Voluntary Contributions Schedule (DR 0104CH) of your Colorado Individual Income Tax Return. Learn more about this easy to use and much appreciated program.


Hill’s Pet Nutrition Supports Colorado Pet Pantry

Over the last decade Hill’s Pet Nutrition has been a vital pet food donor to Colorado Pet Pantry. With thousands of pounds of pet food donated, they have consistently supported our organization. From puppy, to senior, canned and adult kibble, Hills has been supporting Colorado pet families in an amazing way.