About Us

Keeping Families Together

Originally founded in Kelowna, BC, the Animal Food Bank aims to become a national organization promoting the sharing of resources and knowledge, and promoting collaboration between organizations working to feed and shelter the pets of the homeless and no/low income individuals by working together to help change their circumstances.
Our organization aims to help fill gaps where we find them, and collaborate and support existing organizations. We don’t want any family to be in a position where they have to surrender their pet because they can’t afford to care for them. Pets provide our lives with so much and expect so little in return. The least we can do is help make sure the furry family members have a meal too.

Working To End The Stigma

All pet lovers know first hand how important our pets are to us and our families. We wouldn’t trade the love, purpose, companionship, and acceptance they provide for anything in the world. That is only magnified for the low/no income and anyone experiencing homlessness. Pets are often the only being that has loved them unconditionally. And for many, their pets provide security, are their family and the one thing they can count on in their daily life. They are often their inspiration in working towards rebuilding their lives. And too often, service doors are shut on them because of their pet. We are working to change that.
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Branches

With the goal of being national, we currently operate branches of the Animal Food Bank in the following areas:
  • Kelowna, BC (Serving Lake Country to Summerland)
  • Vernon, BC (Serving Coldstream to Lumby)
  • Salmon Arm, BC (Serving Salmon Arm & the Shuswap)
  • Penticton, BC (Serving Penticton & the Similkameen)
  • Calgary, AB
  • Winnipeg, MB

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are struggling to fill your pet’s food bowls, you can access our resources as often as one a month, and for as long as you would like. We are 100% donation based so do ask that you keep in mind that others also need our services. We also will track the quantity and frequency of food provided to your pets and the number and type of animals you have to help ensure the resources are being used for the pets they were supplied for.

We currently do not have a qualification process and hope to never have one. Part of our goals are to keep the Animal Food Bank as low barrier as possible. please submit a Request For Help form found HERE>>

The Animal Food Bank depends greatly on volunteers and donations to operate. We rely heavily on the food and monetary donations of the community, our partnerships with local businesses to be drop-off locations, as well as our volunteers to handle requests for help coming in, and to pick up and drop off food and supplies where needed.

Once you have submitted your request for help, one of our volunteers will reach out to you. If we have food in stock, the volunteer will assign a delivery day. We currently deliver twice a week subject to the availability of volunteers, their time and their gas.

If we do not have the food or supplies in stock, we will put your request on our wait-list and be in contact as soon as donations have been received to fill the request.

Currently our focus is pet food and supplies. We don’t discriminate as to the pets that are requesting help and have helped cats, dogs, birds, hamsters and guinea pigs so far. We hope to eventually provide low-cost and no-cost vet care, as well as providing assistance to homeless shelters and housing agencies to implement pet-friendly practices.
We certainly aren’t exclusive to dogs. We want to help ALL pets! Interestingly enough, the demand for cat food and litter is sky high so we seem to always have cats on our waiting list for help. But yes, we don’t discriminate, we will provide food for rodents and birds.
Our distribution is 100% volunteer run. Deliveries are based on volunteer availability but we do our best to deliver within seven days of receiving a request. We do not offer pickups. We don’t guarantee a time for delivery but do try to provide a window of time (ie morning, afternoon, evening). You must be home to accept the delivery.

We support animals in need with a special focus on the pets of homeless individuals, no-income and low-income individuals and families, and individuals and families who may just be going through some hard times financially.

We do our best to keep donations within the community there were donated in, ensuring there are not any unmet needs within that community (no wait list requests outstanding) before filling unmet needs elsewhere.

We do operate on the philosophy that the world is our community and while we can’t feed animals in far away lands, we will share food and supplies with closer communities in need where we can. For example, food donated in Winnipeg may be distributed in northern and remote communities where donations and supplies are sparse.

We accept donations of all types of pet food and supplies (dry, wet, open, unopened), as well as cat litter.. We are usually able to find a home for all kinds of items including pet beds, scratching points, carriers, bird cages, collars, leashes, harnesses and toys.

For our current wish list, please visit here

We do our best to try to keep pets on the same food(s) or at least brand(s) they are currently on. We also do our best to keep in mind allergies which is why we ask these two questions on our Request For Help form. Supply is based on what donations we have in our inventory however, so type, brand and flavor cannot be guaranteed.
We absolutely will take donations of open food. Many times pets need to change their food for a variety of reasons, leaving the owner with unopened food. Rather than that food going to waste, we will take it into our inventory for donation inventory for use by a pet in need.
There are many ways you can help:
  • Employee food drives
  • Becoming a drop off location
  • Donation of services or products (printing, graphic design, pet food, promotional materials, etc)
For more information please contact help@animalfoodbank.ca

It’s as easy as liking our FB Page (insert link) and sharing our posts! Spreading awareness of our cause is a HUGE help! We are always in need of volunteers.

For more information please contact help@animalfoodbank.ca

No. Part of our philosophy is creating a connection with the individuals and families who need us, promoting collaboration and awareness and ensuring we are doing our best to help the family as a unit. We also do monitor the frequency of donations provided to pets to ensure we are catching abuse of our resources. For these reasons you may not request food on behalf of someone else. Misuse of our program may result in future requests being declined.

We currently limit our help to four animals per household, once per month. We do not support the addition of animals into households currently struggling with feeding and providing food for current pets. We will happily refer you to one of our partner organizations for help with rehoming animals where needed.