“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” ~Elizabeth Andrew
Every month, volunteers run the Colorado Pet Pantry pet food banks, pick up pet food at our collection partners, staff tables at events, and type up endless paperwork. We love doing it because we know our clients and their pets are so relieved to have access to food.
It’s truly amazing. In 2014, 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.
Here are snaps of just a few volunteers. There are so many more who have dedicated so much time to making sure the dogs and cats on the front range are well fed, healthy, happy, and able to stay with the families that love them.
Thank you to all of our volunteers and happy National Volunteer Week! You’re truly the best.
Volunteer for an upcoming food bank!
Our mission is to help families feed their pets, keeping dogs and cats out of shelters and with the people who love them. Our focus is primarily the multi-species family. But helping to reduce over-population within animal shelters is a bonus of the work that we do.
Now, there’s an enormous cherry on top. Starting a few months ago, Dumb Friends League (DFL) staff from the mobile spay and neuter clinics began attending many of our pet food banks to share information about donor-subsidized services and vaccinations with our clients.
What a hit! The DFL team is compassionately speaking to our clients about their needs, and after each pet food bank, they have scheduled several clients to spay and neuter their pets. (Plus they always bring an armful of toys and treats for our clients’ pets!) This partnership has led the Colorado Pet Pantry to begin inquiring with each pet owner about their spay and neuter history, and start a discussion that can exponentially affect pet over-population in the Denver-metro area.
Thank you Dumb Friends League for your amazing work and for helping Colorado Pet Pantry clients take an important step in responsible pet ownership.
The Dumb Friends League donated some new toys to our clients. Happy dogs!
Starting next week, the Colorado Pet Pantry will begin holding its fifth monthly pet food bank at Denver Inner City Parish (DICP). The human food bank partner opened its food bank at this location in late 2014. The pet food bank will be held at DICP on the second Wednesday of the month. Clients of DICP are invited to visit the pet food bank on April 8 to get supplemental pet food for their dogs or cats. Pet owners who need assistance but are not a member of the partner human food bank are asked to call 720.441.3111 or contact us to make prior arrangements.
Check out our calendar of upcoming pet food banks.
In 2014, 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.
You’ve probably heard of food banks for people, but
how do you keep your pup fed if you find yourself
down on your luck or even homeless?
Check out this generous article by Mile High Dog about how we got our start!
Want to make a difference today? Choose one way below to support the Colorado Pet Pantry and consider it done!
We have six ways, some quick, some not, to support the Colorado Pet Pantry this month.
1. Learn about the Pet Food Bank “Lead Volunteer” Role
In 2015 we plan to grow to six monthly pet food banks (we currently hold four monthly food banks). This will allow us to help many more pets and families in different areas between Denver and Boulder. To expand, we need more volunteers who can commit to about seven hours per month. Food banks are typically held during the weekday, so a flexible schedule is a must. We’ll train you to run the pet food bank and you’ll always have support. And don’t worry about that wedding in June, we have backup plans for sick days and vacations. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a lead volunteer for a pet food bank, please contact us.
A woman and her two kids, six and two years old, came to the Colorado Pet Pantry pet food bank recently to get food for their 10-year old shar pei. It had been three days since their beloved family member had a solid meal and the mother’s eyes glistened as she said how she never expected the “human” food bank that she was visiting that day to have pet food. She’s had the shar pei since it was a puppy, can’t imagine giving her up, and doesn’t want to contemplate what that loss would do to the children.
Read how the Colorado Pet Pantry helped this family to keep their beloved dog.
In 2013, we distributed 10,499 lbs. of pet food, helping 426 families in the Denver-metro area to feed 858 pets.