Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
We currently have 38 pet food bank locations.
Within the program we serve people in two ways:
a. Open to the Public Pet Food Banks: To reach our clients, the CPP partners with local food banks to leverage clients that are already vetted (reducing administrative work) and participating in human food bank services. CPP distributes out of each human food bank partner location once monthly. In addition, because the CPP supplements human food banks with pet food, the human food banks have more confidence that their food and donor dollars are affecting humans and not being passed to the families' pets in times of hardship.
b. Mini Pet Food Banks: These pet food bank distributions target low-income housing facilities (typically for people with disabilities and elderly lacking transportation), members of community programs for the homeless and very low-income, and low-income community college programs.
In 2020, our volunteers helped families-in-need to feed 5.1 million meals to 85,000 pets in the Denver/Boulder-metro area, Alamosa, Colorado Springs, Conifer, Cortez, Loveland, Ordway, Pueblo, and other parts of the state. In December 2020, we now have 62 monthly locations and growing.
One example of success is Lucien.
Lucien and her family walked into the Dumb Friends League with tears in their eyes and said they needed to surrender their beloved dog. The staff member at DFL quickly realized it all came down to food. Lucien's family was going through hard times. They had a few pets, and she was the one that needed the most food. Without money to buy pet food, let alone human food, the family decided they needed to bring her to the shelter so that another family could love her.
But Lucien already had a loving family.
The staff member at DFL handed Lucien's family a Colorado Pet Pantry flyer, and there was a pet food bank the very next day. The family had never heard of the pet food bank, but it was the answer that solved their most heart-breaking problem.
They could now keep their family together.
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
In late 2016, CPP began working with local partners to facilitate an emergency pet food program to cover the gap until clients can get to a monthly pet food bank location.
In the past four years of the program, the Colorado Pet Pantry has helped 2000 families to receive emergency pet food to tide them over until the next monthly pet food bank.
In 2017, the Colorado Pet Pantry opened the Animal Welfare Share Program. This is intended to be a centralized location for a supply swap to make us all more efficient with our supplies, donations, storage space and time. The location is in Englewood, near Denver. Most animal welfare organizations have items in stock that they don't need, but are purchasing items or need items that other organizations have in surplus.
In August 2020, the Share Program has 90 partners.
The Animal Welfare Share Program is available to:
"Non-Failed" PACFA-licensed* animal rescues/shelters that have had their PACFA license for more than one year.
that have their 501c3 nonprofit status.
which ensures pets are spayed/neutered with very few exceptions.
feral cat organizations that have their 501c3 and are part of the Metro Denver CAT coalition,
and other nonprofit organizations that help people with pets (such as Volunteers for America, the Crisis Center, Docs on the Block, and Spay Today).
More requirements are detailed on the application.
All new partners will then be reviewed and approved/denied by a panel.
Once approved, new partners must attend a one-hour orientation before tapping into the program.
*Non-failed PACFA-license refers to the "Last Inspection Outcome" on the "Last Inspection Date". If the organization failed, then it will need to reapply once it has passed.
The Share Program reserves the right to remove Partners from the Program if the above requirements are not consistently met.
Apply Now: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdB2hT2EFQKV5Pc1K0elWOOwUxcU65FUfc35N4cdHFvI-KsXQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
The application is on Google Forms. You'll need a Google account, and you can easily create one with your work/personal email when you start to work on your application.
More than 90 animal welfare groups (and groups helping people with pets) have joined the program, with these comments:
"I'm the volunteer event coordinator for MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue (MABTR) in Colorado. We are a non-profit dog rescue. The Share Program has been a blessing for us & so many other rescues. Our funds are always tight, so it is nice to have another resource where we can look for RX food, treats, harnesses, toys, etc.
MABTR is fortunate to get more donations than we can use. Previously I had to take time looking for a group that could use the stuff we couldn't & drop it off at several locations sometimes. The Shared Program has been a time saver for me & it makes me feel great that we have been able to provide much needed supplies for other rescues.
The program has also built a community between the rescues that we didn't have previously. If we need something special or we need advice we can reach out to each other through the Share Program Facebook page."
"I am writing this letter on behalf of The Colorado Pet Pantry and their on-going partnership with Volunteers of America, Bannock Youth and Family Center. The mission of the Volunteers of America Colorado Branch is to identify and serve the most vulnerable individuals and families within the community. Our organization serves over 100 families, youth and single mothers during any given year that have experienced homelessness.
The Colorado Pet Pantry Share Program has played a significant role in providing our participants with the opportunity to continue to care for their beloved pets. Often times, a pet provides a source of stability, love and acceptance that one who is experiencing homelessness may not always be offered.
Our current program funding does not provide enough flexibility to purchase pet food and other items that our participants may need. Without the Share Program, our participants would likely face the difficult decision of surrendering their pets due to lack of food and supplies. The Colorado Pet Pantry Share Program has been a wonderful resource and we are very grateful for their partnership!"