PAWS and Pet Food Pantry: Providing Hope for Low-Income Pet Owners

It's no secret that pet food can be quite expensive; but have you ever been forced to choose between feeding yourself or feeding your pet?  It's a heartbreaking problem to be faced with but this is the situation that many pet owners have found themselves in during tough economic times.  Just as difficult, what happens when your pet suddenly falls ill and you can't afford to get them treated?

The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (BEBHS) is proud to offer two community programs that service low-income, disabled and senior animal guardians and their pets in the East Bay. 

The first program is our Pet Food Pantry which is offered once a month to low-income residents and homeless pet owners of Contra Costa and Alameda County.  Dog and cat food that gets donated to BEBHS is redistributed to members of the community and their pets who are most in need.  Enrollment for this program is at an all-time high, and donations of canned cat and dog food and kibble are needed more than ever.  We accept open bags of kibble as long as it's not stale or expired, and unexpired cans.

The second program is PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)/East Bay which helps low-income disabled and/or senior pet owners care for their pets.  We believe that cats and dogs offer invaluable companionship and a person shouldn't have to miss out on such an incredible bond because of a physical or financial hardship. 

Clients of PAWS/East Bay not only receive pet food each month, but also: an annual veterinary stipend, flea medicine, transportation to vet appointments and are eligible for volunteer services such as dog walking and home delivery of pet supplies.

If you're interested in contributing to either of these programs, monetary and/or in-kind donations can either be mailed and/or dropped off to:

Attn: PAWS/East Bay & Pet Food Pantry
Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society
2700 9th St.
Berkeley, CA 94710

If you would like an application to become a client of either of these programs or would simply like to know more, please email or call 510-845-7735 x 205

Pet Food Pantry is on the last Saturday of every month from 11am-1pm and is located in our warehouse which is around the corner from our shelter.


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