Here are some resources for those in need of pet food:
petfoodstamps.org: qualified pet owners may receive free food delivered directly to their homes (this is a new program).
fido-clackamas.org/dog-food-bank: Friends Involved in Dog Outreach (FIDO) - 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 also available.
oregonhumane.org: Oregon Humane Society in Portland offers an emergency pet food bank.
thepongofund.org: Pongo Fund in Portland. Open 2nd and 4th Sunday each month from 12 until 2:30 pm, first come first-served basis as available (3632 SE 20th Avenue, Portland).
oregonfoodbank.org/Get-Help: Find a local food pantry; sometimes they will have pet food to offer.
The Cat Food Bank needs about 3,000 pounds of dry cat food every month to meet the demand. That’s about 428 seven-pound bags…every month!
Donations should be unopened and not expired. Any size bag and any brand are accepted (prefer bags that are 7 pounds or more). Our clients prefer mid to high-quality foods such as Meow Mix, Purina, Kirkland, Friskies, Iams, Natural Balance (to name a few).
Canned cat food and scoopable litter are also accepted.
Bring your donations to CAT’s Sherwood shelter or one of our donation drop off locations.
Other Ways to Help
Host a cat food drive at your workplace, church, or club: we’ll provide you with signs, posters, and collection box/barrel. Download the food drive guide.
Make a secure online donation to support CAT.
Display the Cat Food Bank brochure and encourage others to donate to feed hungry pet cats.
Qualified cat owners from across the region are eligible to receive enough food to feed up to four pet cats for a month. The Cat Food Bank is not a resource for rescue organizations, other animal shelters, or feral feeders.
New Clients: all new clients must come to the Cat Food Bank in person to complete the enrollment form.
Picking Up Food for Others: you may pick up food only for yourself and one other person. You must be listed as the “authorized” pick up person. To authorize someone to pick up your food, you must come to the Cat Food Bank and update your client form.
Show ID: you will be asked to show identification when you come to pick up food. This will help us find your information quicker, allow us to make updates to your form, confirm your legal address, and verify you are the person receiving the service. Please remember to bring a valid Oregon/Washington driver’s license or ID card or some form of photo identification that has your name and address.
Verify Assistance: you may be asked to verify the form of assistance you are receiving. This means bringing proof of the qualifying benefit you receive, when we ask. Assistance may include:
Number of Visits: all Cat Food Bank clients may receive cat food 9 months out of a 12 month year. You can come nine consecutive months or come three or four times and not the next month.
First Come First Served: the Cat Food Bank is a first come first served operation. We ask that you not save spots in line for other people receiving food. We will hand out numbers to those in line beginning at 9:30 am.
Cats Must be Spayed/Neutered: all your pet cats must be spayed/neuter. If any of your cats are not spayed/neutered, you will be given three opportunities to comply before we are unable to continue to help you. You must bring in proof of the spay/neuter surgery.
Only 4 Owned Cats: the Food Bank can provide food for up to 4 owned cats per family only. We do our best to match the food we give you with your cat’s needs; however, since the food is donated, we won’t always have the same brands available each month.
Please, No New Pet Cats: (we cannot stress this enough!) we know you want help us save all the homeless cats; however, we urge you to refrain from bringing more cats into your home than you currently have either through rescue or adoption. We can provide you with detailed resources to help find homes for stray or unwanted cats that are in your neighborhood.
Other Food Banks: if you get food from another pet food bank, please refrain from getting food from the Cat Food Bank. All the pet food banks work together to make sure everyone’s pets are fed.
Bags of Food: you may receive a different number of bags of food. CAT calculates the approximate amount of food to feed one cat per month at 7.5 pounds. If you have more than one cat, you may receive one large bag one month and two small bags the next.
No Transportation is provided to the Cat Food Bank and we are unable to deliver food to a client.
Since 2008, we’ve been honored to help local cat owners feed their beloved feline companions. Once monthly, our Cat Food Bank provided free cat food to qualified cat owners still struggling with this poor economy.
The Cat Food Bank’s goal has always been to provide a temporary resource for struggling cat owners. The food we hand out is donated by the animal lovers of this community. Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen a dramatic drop in the amount of donated food and a decrease in the number of cat owners requesting assistance through our food bank.
After the July 14, 2013, food bank distribution day, the Cat Adoption Team will be closing the public/walk-in food bank operation at the shelter.
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. After July 14, CAT’s food bank will focus solely on its partnership with Washington County Meals on Wheels and Senior Centers to provide food to qualified seniors participating in that program.
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 pet food banks and places that provide some food assistance to pet owners.
Your donations are still needed and appreciated to help support partnership with Meals on Wheels.
In June 2008, we opened the first organized pet food bank in the Portland area. After reading news accounts that pets were starting to be relinquished to shelters at an alarming rate, we wanted to do our part to help pet owners keep their pets. The goal was to provide temporary assistance so cat owners could get through their financial crisis.
With no idea what to expect, and very few examples of successful pet food banks across the country, we launched a program that has become a lifeline for struggling cat owners and a model for many other food banks around Portland and beyond.
On June 1, 2008, we opened our doors and handed out 375 pounds of cat food to help 16 families feed 45 pet cats.
By the end of 2008, 3,700 pounds of dry cat food had been distributed. What makes that so amazing, as we look back, is that we handed out 3,754 pounds in February 2012 along (as of May 2013, the food bank has handed out 142,449 pounds of dry cat food and 36,624 cans of wet cat food since opening our doors).
In September 2009, we forged a unique partnership with Washington County Loaves & Fishes, which operates the county-wide Meals on Wheels programs, to provide cat food for their home-bound cat-loving seniors. Currently, the Cat Food Bank provides cat food for clients through the Beaverton and Forest Grove Centers. The Hillsboro Senior Center sends representatives to pick up food for their clients.
The need had grown over 1,100 percent in four years. As the food bank entered its fifth year, we are finally seeing a slowdown in the need and volume of food being handed out.
The Cat Food Bank is 100 percent donation driven. All the bags and cans of cat food handed out are donated at CAT or dropped off at one of our many donation drop off locations. Supporters of the Cat Food Bank can also make cash donations directly to the food fund. This money is used to purchase cat food, at a reduced cost, 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.