Here are some resources for those in need of pet food:
Pet Food Stamps: Pet owners who currently receive public assistance may register to receive free food delivered directly to their homes. Register at petfoodstamps.org.
The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank: Held in Portland, this food bank provides dog and cat food on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. Please call (503) 939-7555 for important details before arriving. Additional details available at thepongofund.org.
FIDO Dog Food Bank: Friends Involved in Dog Outreach (FIDO) holds a monthly dog food bank in Oregon City. The food bank will supply one month’s supply of dog food to those in need every third Saturday of the month. Some cat food may also be available. Get more information on their website: fido-clackamas.org.
Local Food Pantry: Find a local food pantry; sometimes they will have pet food to offer. Information is available at www.oregonfoodbank.org.
Pet Food Help Oregon: A listing of Oregon-area pet food banks and other resources for pet owners can be found at petfoodhelporegon.blogspot.com.
These resources are to assist cat owners. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to this web page that are complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.
The Cat Food Bank needs about 1,000 pounds of dry cat food every month to assist home-bound and other senior citizens in need. We welcome donations of:
- Adult cat food (dry)
- Kitten food (dry)
- Canned cat food
Any donations should be unopened and not expired. All sizes and brand are accepted (prefer bags that are at least 7 lbs.). Clients prefer mid- to high-quality foods, including Purina, Kirkland, Friskies, Iams, Royal Canin, Natural Balance, etc. (to name a few).
Bring your donations to CAT’s Sherwood shelter or one of our donation drop off locations.
Other Ways to Help
If you prefer, you can make a secure online donation to support the Cat Food Bank.
We are honored to help local cat owners feed their beloved feline companions. Currently, CAT partners with Washington County Meals on Wheels and local senior centers to provide free cat food to home-bound clients and senior citizens on fixed income.
The Cat Food Bank provides cat food for clients through the Beaverton and Forest Grove Meals on Wheels programs and at the Hillsboro Senior Center.
Your donations are needed and appreciated — the Cat Food Bank is 100 percent donation driven. Donations of dry or canned cat food are always welcome! You can also make monetary donations directly to the Cat Food Bank. These funds are used to purchase cat food to keep the pantry shelves full.
And it’s not just cat food. We offer behavior information, answer questions, and provide resources for low-cost spay/neuter, as all cats fed through the Cat Food Bank must be spayed/neutered.
**Public distribution is now closed**
From June 2008 to July 2013, Cat Adoption Team held a monthly public/walk-in Cat Food Bank that provided free cat food to qualified cat owners struggling in the poor economy. During the first four years the program was open, need grew over 1,100 percent. As the food bank entered its fifth year, we saw a dramatic drop in the amount of donated food and a decrease in the number of cat owners requesting assistance through our walk-in food bank.
CAT closed the public/walk-in food bank operation at the shelter in July 2013. We did not make this decision lightly because we knew it would impact cat owners in our area. The resources page has a list of other places that provide pet food assistance.
At this stage, we believe we can have the greatest impact by targeting the Cat Food Bank’s limited resources toward cat owners with the least access to cat food. The Cat Food Bank now focuses solely on its partnership with Washington County Meals on Wheels and senior centers.