Pet-food pantries, financial aid for pets, pet assistance

By isak, February 4, 2009

I finally got around to reading this article from USA Today about pet-food pantries. It originally appeared in the 24 December 2008 edition of the newspaper — when I still had a job. Reading it last night, I noticed some web addresses I want to save for future reference and share with anyone who may also need the info. The list includes websites that are workinging to compile a nationwide list of pet-food pantries:

I am working on a website called will work for dog food dot org to see if I can hawk my wares for dog and cat food money. Aside from my mortgage, pet food is my biggest expense each month as 1,000 pounds of dog food and 40-50 pounds of cat food is consumed. Perhaps it is still part of the embarrassment at being unemployed or the fear that accompanies being laid off, but I need to find a source for pet food money.

May 2018 update: See this page for even more resources.

5 Comments

  1. RICHARD A MATZEN says:

    IM TERMINALLY ILL AND HANDICAPPED. I HAVE 3 CATS THAT HAVE GOTTEN FLEASE SOMEHOW.I CANT AFFORD TO GET THEM FRONTLINE OR SOMETHING LIKE FRONTLINE. PLEASE DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHERE I COULD HELP.ANY IDEAS WOULD BE APPRECIATED VERY MUCH.

    • isak says:

      Here are a few things you can try:

      1. DE or Diatomaceous Earth is a natural rock made up of remains of ancient tough shelled algae. It is one of most effectual ways to get rid of fleas. The favorable aspect of DE is that it is harmless to pets as well as humans. The sharp edges of DE can slice through the pest’s waxy and tough exoskeleton. It causes dehydration due to which fleas die. Before using it, put on gloves and dust your hands with DE. Sprinkle it onto cat’s coat or fur and rub it thoroughly. Make sure that it does not come in contact with your eyes and nose. You can also dust it on cat’s bedding and furniture. Buy the food grade kind.

      2. Apple cider vinegar can be used to get rid of fleas as well. To get temporary relief, you can mix apple cider vinegar and water in a proportion of 2:1. Mix it well and fill it in a spray bottle. It actually does not kill fleas, but causes pests to jump off of your pet. Generally, this remedy works for almost 3-4 days. If your cats don’t like the spray bottle, try wetting a cloth and applying it.

      3. Run a flea comb across the hair close to the cat’s skin. Comb more in those areas where fleas are likely to hide such as base of the tail, armpits and groin. Keep a bowl of soapy water close to you. As you remove fleas, drown them in this water.

      4. Soapy Water Flea Trap — Fleas are attracted to light. Fill a shallow dish with warm soapy water. Place it under a night light. When the fleas jump or hop towards light, they will end up getting drowned in the water. Check the dish next morning. You will find a bunch of died fleas. Empty the dirty water from the dish and repeat it on a daily basis.

      5. Cedar chips can be used to keep fleas away. You can place cedar chips on pet’s bedding. You can also place it around outside spaces to control the growth of fleas.

  2. isak says:

    Many thanks for letting me know about the problem with the link. I have corrected it.

  3. Avery says:

    I clicked on the first link pikespeakpetpantry.org and it doesn’t work. I think its just pikespeakpetpantry.org , as I typed that in my browser and it worked. Hope this helps.

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