Colorado Gives Day is Almost Here – Help Make an Impact

People and pets need each other most when times are hard.
2022 has been hard on so many. We haven’t increased locations this year because we grew so much in 2020-2021 to meet the increased need during the pandemic. But, just at our existing 103 pet food bank locations, we’ve seen more than 15% more people coming to our pet food banks in the past year.
A donation of any size can help make a huge and immediate difference in someone’s life… and can make an even bigger impact if you schedule it in the next 3 days. All donations made through Colorado Gives’ platform before midnight on December 6th are partially matched– thanks to the $1.4 Million Plus Incentive Fund created to help support Colorado nonprofits.

A donation of any size helps people like Christina get through tough times. “My relationship with the Colorado Pet Pantry started through the relationship my mother established with them. About 10 years ago, our family cat (Grimlin) had to undergo a major surgery called a Cystotomy for bladder stones. Bladder stones are actually a common ailment in domesticated cats. They form from certain components that are found in regular cat foods among other factors.
Colorado Pet Pantrystarted through the relationship my mother established with them. About 10 years ago, our family cat (Grimlin) had to undergo a major surgery called a Cystotomy for bladder stones. Bladder stones are actually a common ailment in domesticated cats. They form from certain components that are found in regular cat foods among other factors.
After Grimlin’s Cystotomy, he was put on a strict prescription food diet. As some of you may know, prescription pet food is very expensive. My mom, who is physically disabled due to an injury she sustained at work years ago, did an amazing job caring for all three of our family cats, but being able to afford the prescription food was just too much. She found the Colorado Pet Pantry, and they immediately ensured she had a monthly supply of both wet and dry prescription cat food every month. My direct relationship with Colorado Pet Pantry started about 4 years ago after I saved a set of twin boy cats (Anubis and Sphynx) from an abusive and neglectful home. Shortly after taking them into my care, Sphynx started having the same symptoms that Gremlin did and had to undergo a Cystotomy as well. He was placed on the same prescription diet, and I was relieved because I knew immediately where to turn. At the time I was in college full-time and only working part-time, so my financial situation wasn’t ideal for being able to afford what he needed. As soon as I reached out to the Colorado Pet Pantry, I received the same wonderful treatment and was quickly provided with the prescription pet food I needed for Sphynx on a regular basis. Sadly, both Grimlin and Sphynx have crossed the rainbow bridge recently, but their lives were extended greatly because of what Colorado Pet Pantry was able to do for us. The impact that Colorado Pet Pantry has made, and continues to make on our lives is a true blessing. Every interaction I’ve had with people associated to the Colorado Pet Pantry, have been ones filled with compassion and true kindness. Whether the need is for very specific prescription food, regular food, or even supplies and enrichment tools, the Colorado Pet Pantry will make sure they provide what you and your pets need. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Colorado Pet Pantry for what you do for us and our pets.”

Watch this video from our volunteer and former client, Dianne. Dianne started volunteering with us about six or seven years ago. She was getting food for herself at a human food bank when she discovered our services and was so grateful that she decided she wanted to give back… watch here.

Join us and other animal lovers across Colorado in coming together to support the nonprofits that make a difference in our lives. We would be so grateful if you would consider making an amplified donation to Colorado Pet Pantry to help us keep pets with their loving families.

Sincerely,

~ Your friends at Colorado Pet Pantry


Join us for GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives Day

As we celebrate GivingTuesday today, and with Colorado Gives Day just one week away, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight just a few examples of the impact that YOUR support has made in our community this past year.

Your donations and volunteer hours have directly helped thousands of Colorado Pet Pantry clients this year. Including Bradley who sent us this message: “I had recently fallen upon hard times and was desperate to feed my service dog who had just finished her last scoop of kibble. I suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and and I was unemployed at the time with absolutely no resources. I sent one email and immediately received a call back and was given the most sincere help and attention. Talk about a lifesaver. Quite literally. The day after I received the food,  I had a heart attack. I was unable to be at home with my service dog and thankfully I had enough food that the neighbor could feed her while I was recovering in the Intensive Care unit at the hospital. Thank you so very much for your wonderful team and volunteers.”

Your response to our call for help during times of crisis have been overwhelming. On the morning of December 30, 2021 when the Marshall Fire started, thousands of Boulder County residents were forced out of their homes so quickly that they were lucky if they were able to save their pets– very few had time to gather pet food or supplies. You came through with flying colors when we made the request for pet beds. Not only did we receive over 1000 pet beds and other supplies to give out during the two weeks that we had a table set up at the Disaster Assistance Center, but many of you volunteered your time, transportation and other resources to help our fellow community members take care of their fur babies during this extremely tough time. Liz (pictured) and her children lost their home in the fire, and Liz’s mother lost her home as well. The donations and support that you gave to help Liz take care of her two dogs after this tragedy and loss gave her one less worry and put that smile on her face.

You have helped us to expand and support our more rural Colorado communities that are experiencing a significant increase in need. We are now in 31 counties, thanks to your continual support, and we’ve found the need is exceptionally high in the more rural parts of our state. Trinidad, Swansea, Grand Junction, and Pueblo areas have also all experienced a significant increase in need. Most families have three pets, so it costs $15/month for us to help support a whole family that wants to stay together. Your support is helping to make this achievable for these families.

It’s been a hard year for many– clients and donors alike, but even a small donation on this GivingTuesday can make a lasting impact. We’d be so grateful for anything you are able to give.

To make your donation go even further, we’d love it if you’d donate to Colorado Pet Pantry through Colorado Gives Day. All donations placed here through midnight on December 6th will be partially matched.

And while we have your eyes, please take just one minute to nominate us for this $5000 award from SCHEELS. TODAY (Tuesday, November 29) IS THE LAST DAY TO VOTE. This award would be a HUGE win for us on Colorado Gives Day

Join millions of others around the world today in giving back, spreading kindness and showing how together we can make a difference in our own communities. Your support is what makes all of this possible and we are so grateful.


Help Us Make Raise the Woof! a Success!

It’s so impactful when our supporters invite their friends and family to join them in supporting Colorado Pet Pantry. People tend to support causes when they hear good references about the nonprofit. To make this easy, we have written a short email that we’d LOVE for you to send to friends/family. Feel free to edit. You could post on social media too if that’s your preference, though email is more impactful because it’s personal.


Suggested Subject: Join me on October 8th to Raise the Woof!

Hi friends! I wanted to personally invite you to join me at the Colorado Pet Pantry Raise the Woof! Rooftop Party for a Cause, presented by LHM Nissan Arapahoe, on October 8 in downtown Denver. This cause is important to me because of their commitment to helping local communities throughout the state by providing pet food to families and pets in need. One thing I learned that I hadn’t thought of previously was that by partnering with human food banks, CPP helps ensure that the already limited “human” food is reserved for the humans, and that pets receive balanced/healthy/appropriate meals. (Did you know that people cannot buy pet food with food stamps?! So when times are tight, either the pets are hungry or people are sharing their own food to feed their dogs and cats.)
I hope you’ll consider joining me for a fantastic night at the X Denver in downtown Denver next month at Colorado Pet Pantry’s largest fundraiser of the year: Raise the Woof! Please get your tickets and come out to support this amazing non-profit. There will be live music and plenty of delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Plus, good friends are always good for a good time! 🙂 https://www.coloradopetpantry.org/woof
And if you can’t make it this year, please forward this information about Raise the Woof! to your pet-minded friends, families and networks… Every additional person that attends will help the organization to feed 20 dogs and cats for a full month.
Hope to see you October 8!


September – Applewood Furnace Check

Our wonderful friends at Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric have once again selected Colorado Pet Pantry as a program recipient for their Furnace Checks for Charity program this year! They are offering an amazing deal for the month of September that you won’t want to miss.

If you schedule your 14-Point “Energy Squeezer” furnace systems check from Applewood during the month of September and mention Colorado Pet Pantry, 100% of your payment goes straight to Colorado Pet Pantry. Woof! Woof!

Normally a $199 service, Applewood offers this to our supporters for just $99. Schedule your service today by calling (303) 232-6611.


Record Breaking Pet Food Banks Continue in Southeastern Colorado

The line consistently long at our June 2022 Alamosa Pet Food Bank in partnership with La Puente’s Food Bank

Sometimes the line is never ending. This has been the story of our Southeastern Colorado Pet Food Banks. In the last week of June we distributed over 16,000 lbs of dry pet food to families in need in Trinidad, Cañon City, Alamosa and Pueblo. The need has been skyrocketing and doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. We often feel the need for pet food decrease in the summer, but not this year. So many hardships are affecting our communities today, and we are doing our best to be there for them. We are only able to be there because of our amazing volunteers and supporters, but the supply chain is affecting us and the amount of donations we receive. Pet food brands are making less food each year after 2+ years of having fewer operational factories. Add to this inflation and general unease, and we find ourselves asking for more help.


What can you do to help?

  • VOLUNTEERS: We need a lot more volunteers in these areas. Especially Trinidad and Alamosa. If you know someone or would like to volunteer, please sign up HERE.
  • PET FOOD DRIVES: Donations are down and we are struggling to keep up with the rising need. We recently lowered our food distributions per family at our pet food banks, and even after capping the food amounts we have only seen the totals rise. We are now looking to our supporters to help their communities by hosting pet food drives. You can host a physical pet food drive or a virtual one. Click HERE to learn more about how.
  • DONATIONS: Running a pet food bank has many associated costs. Storage, staff, gas, and shipping costs have all gone up in the last couple of years. But these are expenses that are vital to our organization. Donating to us through our website, HERE, is an easy way to give. And thanks to our pet food partnerships, just donating $5 can feed a dog or cat for an entire month.

#VolunteerAppreciationWeek

In 2021, 740 Colorado Pet Pantry Volunteers donated 15,154 hours of service to help pets in their communities. This amount of labor is equivalent to a $477,503 donation. It is only because of our volunteers, that we are able to do the work we do. We are forever grateful to them.

Here are some of our amazing volunteers doing their thing throughout the last year!


Leo & Gracie Make Change in Their Community

Inspired by a recent reading of Where the Red Fern Grows, in which the main character saves change in a can in order to purchase two puppies, Leo, a local 10-year-old boy had a vision to collect change in a can to support animals in need. He brought the idea to his sister, 8-year-old Gracie, and together they laid out a plan to launch their first “business” called Funds for Furry Friends.

They started by designing a flyer, with Leo writing the text and Gracie drawing the visual. From there, they took to the streets of their neighborhood—going door to door to kick off their donation campaign. While their goal was originally to collect change—inspired by their cause and initiative, many community members choose to donate in larger sums.

Through their focus and follow through, within just a few days, Leo and Gracie had collected $85 in donations, which will help Colorado Pet Pantry feed 17 pets in need for a full month.

Thank you to Leo and Gracie for your entrepreneurial leadership in service of animals in need—and everyone in their Louisville neighborhood who supported their truly grassroots effort!


2021 – Continuing the Trend

In 2021, we continued the trajectory of exponential growth. We served upwards of over 100,000 pets for an entire month, at over 100 monthly pet food banks across the state. We distributed over 1 million pounds of dry pet food, and 400,000 cans of wet food, to over 32,000 families across Colorado. This equates to 6 million meals for dogs and cats for an entire month. All we can say is WOW!

We realize this type of growth is not sustainable, long term, unless we fulfill our goal for 2022: Stabilize. We are committed to developing strong local partnerships and community bonds this year.

We need more volunteers, donation drop off partner stores, large pet food donors, fiscal sponsors, and animal welfare colleagues willing to work with us across all our new monthly pet food bank locations to make this program permanent.

We are so happy to be serving a much larger population, and we will do all we can to keep our commitment to them.

How can you help?

There are several ways to become an active part of Colorado Pet Pantry.

  • Become a donor – donating to Colorado Pet Pantry is easy, and thanks to our pet food partners, we can take just $5 and stretch it to feed one pet for an entire month.
  • Volunteer at a local pet food bank or fundraising event.
  • If you are in the Denver area, we invite you to join our Warehouse Volunteer Group and help us prepare pet food pallets for our upcoming pet food banks.
  • Know a pet food and supply store or local veterinary office that you think would house a donation bin for us? Email us at kelly@coloradopetpantry.org to find out how you can help facilitate this connection!
  • Start a pet food drive. Many of our food donations come from corporate or private pet food drives. Learn how to host your own pet food drive.

Boulder County Fire Response

Colorado Pet Pantry is working in Boulder County to provide relief to those affected by the recent fires. The response from our community has been incredible. Now that we are a few days out from the disaster, we are taking a moment to assess the current needs of the community and develop a plan to best assist them through this disaster and into the future. We have updates in three major areas:

  1. Schedule of Distribution Events:
    We will update here when we have a new distribution event. Past events will be removed from the list as to keep unnecessary information to a minimum. If you are in need of assistance and cannot make it to any of the listed events, please contact us directly by filling out an Emergency Form or by texting Eileen at 720-441-3111.
    ** We will no longer be at the Boulder Disaster Center. We will have supplies available at the Resource Distribution Center.
    • Open Daily from 9AM to 7PM
    • Nordstrom’s – Flatiron’s Mall in Broomfield between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Macy’s Entrance
    • This is available to anyone affected by the Marshall Fire in Boulder County
  2. Colorado Pet Pantry Donation Needs:
    Right now, monetary donations are critical. What we do requires a substantial amount of funds. This will enable us to pay for items such as storage for donations, gas to distribution events, etc. We also need more volunteers. As we add events, we will post corresponding links for volunteers to sign up. Please click below to see other volunteer opportunities available. We are accepting pet food and supplies. Click on the link below to find a list of locations in your area where you can drop off donations. The biggest need in this area are for new dog beds and toys.
  3. Nonprofit Community Network:
    With a disaster like this, it takes many organizations working together to create the adequate response. Right now, the number one need is monetary donations. Physical donations will be needed in the future, as those affected begin to rebuild their lives. Here are links to several of the nonprofits working to aid those affected by the fires.

If you have an update you would like us to share, please email kelly@coloradopetpantry.org


Holiday Pet Food Bank Schedule

It’s that time of the year! Many of our pet food banks will be on a special schedule for November and December, due to the holiday season. Please check the list below to see when your pet food bank is scheduled. All of these reschedules will be notated on our normal calendar, which can be found at coloradopetpantry.org/foodbank

DECEMBER:

  1. Lynn Garden’s Baptist Church, 3804 W Pueblo Blvd in Pueblo (more info)
    Wednesday, December 15th, 10AM-12PM
  2. EFAA, 1575 Yarmouth Ave in Boulder (more info)
    Thursday, December 16th, 2:30PM-4:30PM
  3. Sharing Ministries, 49 North 1st Street in Montrose (more info)
    Friday, December 17th, 9:30AM-12:30PM
  4. Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies, 3241 F 1/4 Road in Clifton (more info)
    Saturday, December 18th, 9AM-11AM
  5. Food Bank for Larimer County, 2600 N Lincoln Ave in Loveland (more info)
    Saturday, December 18th, 1PM-3PM
  6. Ordway Pet Food bank, Location TBD in Ordway (more info)
    Monday, December 20th, 2PM-3:30PM
  7. St Michael’s Catholic Church, 1016 Mystic Ave in Cañon City (more info)
    Saturday, January 8th, 10AM-1Pm

Start a Colorado Gives Day Fundraiser for Colorado Pet Pantry

A great way to support Colorado Pet Pantry during this giving season is by starting a fundraiser on ColoradoGives.org. This is a wonderful way to use the collective power of community to raise more awareness and funds for your favorite non-profits.

Here are three steps to making a fundraising page:

  1. Visit ColoradoGives.org and login with a Donor Account. If you do not have a Donor Account, it’s quick and easy to make one.

    Next, click on our Colorado Gives Charity Page.
     
  2. Once you are logged into your Donor Account, and on our page, scroll down and click START A FUNDRAISER.
  3. You are welcome to “Use this Template” or “Create without using a template”. If you choose to use our template, then the text will auto-fill for you and you will only need to customize parts of it.
  4. Complete the form and add your content. There are many photos that you can use on our Facebook page if you would like.
     
  5. Submit your page for approval any time after November 1st and before Colorado Gives Day (12/7/21), we will approve your page, and every donation will be partially matched by the $1.6 Million Incentive Fund, now through December 7th.

— Thank you for helping us to feed more pets and keep them with their loving families —


September – Applewood Furnace Check

Every September our wonderful friends at Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric have an amazing fundraiser for Colorado Pet Pantry. This is a great deal!

If you schedule your 14-Point “Energy Squeezer” furnace systems check from Applewood during the month of September and mention Colorado Pet Pantry, 100% of your payment goes straight to Colorado Pet Pantry. Woof! Woof!

Normally a $199 service, Applewood offers this to our supporters for just $99. Schedule your service today: Go to https://www.applewoodfixit.com


We Are Here for Colorado

2020 Was a Year of Unprecedented Growth at Colorado Pet Pantry

2020 was quite a year for all of us, in many different ways. At Colorado Pet Pantry we saw the need for pet food assistance grow exponentially. We were ready. Over the prior years we had been building our infrastructure, and developing our network of donation locations, volunteers, and supporters. We were unknowingly preparing for something we never saw coming. When COVID arrived, we were ready to help our community keep their families together. We all saw how important the company of our furry friends were during that time (and still today), and we were honored to have the opportunity to take part in preserving those relationships.

When we put together the numbers, not just from last year, but from in comparison to our first year, 2013 until now, we were shocked. The exponential curve is clear as day. The need is growing, and we are right there with it. Let’s take a look…

We started in 2013 with one pet food bank in Denver. We provided one month’s supply of pet food to 858 pets that year, and began developing our system to help those who were struggling to feed their pets. Each year we grew exponentially larger. We worked out the kinks in our system and continued to develop relationships with human food banks and other partner nonprofits in an attempt to streamline our services.

We didn’t want our clients to have any difficulty using our services. It’s not easy to have to go to one place to get human food, and another place to get pet food. We envisioned a one-stop-shop for food and supplies.

We ended 2020 with over 80 pet food bank locations, and currently, in August of 2021 we have 94 pet food banks across the state of Colorado. In 2020, we distributed 943,807 lbs of dry pet food and 120,633 cans of wet food, serving more than 5.1 million meals across the state to pets in need.

These numbers blew away previous years as we grew and reached areas in the state we had only dreamed about in the past. We knew there was a need in areas such as the Western Slope, Southeast Colorado, and the Eastern Plains. Thanks to this growth, we were able to help 37,093 families keep their pets home with them, and out of the shelters.

Now in 2021, we are the largest pet food pantry in the USA. We are distributing pet food in 29 counties across the state and assisting 100 animal rescues with food and supplies. We are always adding new locations and new partners.

We are continuing to build our infrastructure by adding staff and acquiring trucks to help with transport and deliveries. We are reaching out to populations and developing relationships in areas we never dreamed we’d be.


How can you help?


Client Stories: Tori and Kupka

Sweet Kupka is a 13 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 2020, Colorado Pet Pantry distributed over 120,000 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.


Cañon City Pet Food Bank Update

July 24th, 2021:

Due to road construction, North 10th Street will be closed. Please enter the food distribution from N.11th st off of College. This will be a drive through distribution. Volunteers will be there to help guide you.

We will be passing out pet food this Saturday, July 24th, at St Michael’s Catholic Church, 1016 Mystic Ave in Cañon City, from 10AM-1PM.