Pet Food Banks

Featured on Episode 6

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Food banks aren't just for people.

The Inner City Pet Food Bank, featured on Episode 6, is a volunteer-run program aiding Edmonton community members to feed their domesticated partners. The program provides dry and wet, dog and cat food as well as cat litter, animal treats, and toys.

There are initiatives like this one all over the Canada, the US and elsewhere, including these ones mentioned on the podcast:

  • Charlie's Foodbank (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
    The program is named in memory of a dog that was intentionally starved by his owner. Charlie came into BC SPCA's care in critical condition and despite the best efforts of the Animal Hospital staff, Charlie passed away after three weeks of intensive care.
  • SPCA for Monterey County Pet Meals
    (Salinas, CA, USA)
    It's a collaboration between the SPCA and local Meals On Wheels organizations. It ensures that people receiving delivered meals no longer feel the need to share their food with their pets as companion animals get meals too.
  • North American Pet Food Bank Directory
    Folks who access these services often take food home for their companion animals. But it's human food which isn't always the best option for cats, dogs and other pets.


We also heard about the Alberta Helping Animals Society, launched by Dr. Connie Varnhagen to help every pet to get veterinary care, regardless of whether or not the owner can afford it. The non-profit provides access to veterinary care and education for the companion animals of vulnerable people in Edmonton and surrounding communities.