Pet Food Banks in Toronto
By: Zara Willmott
Pet food banks in Toronto are becoming increasingly popular. We all find ourselves in times where we could use a little hand. Regular food banks do sometimes supply their patrons with pet food, but it is often not enough. After Fang’s surgery, he has actually become a picky eater when it comes to his dry food. We normally do a dry mix of about 3 different brands but Fang has become quite particular and only liking one type. Rather than have all this food sit here going to waste, I decided to donate it to a pet food bank. Here are the ones I found
Pet Food Banks:
- The Toronto Humane Society: They run a pet food bank out of their main location at 11 River Street and a satellite location at 200 Wellesley street. What’s great about them is they will accept all kinds of pet items for donation Food, Litter, toys, and accessories. They have a drop box in their main foyer for all donated items and as a bonus, they will accept open packages.
- Woodgreen Community Services, Human and Pet food bank: What I like is that they offer a separate day for the Pet Food Bank. I wasn’t able to see on their website what donations are accepted, but they did have a contact us link.
- Stray Cat Struttin: This is a community group on Facebook, they service about 200 clients weekly and pet food is a huge need. They also manage Feral Colonies.
Many local food banks will also accept pet food donations.
- Bluffs Food Bank: Located at Kingston rd and Warden Ave. They will accept pet food donations
- Daily Bread Foodbank: their website has tons of info on where their foodbanks are located
- Scarborough Food Security Initiative: A relatively new organization, they are offering so much support during Covid-19.
Other Ways to Give:
Often you hear stories of feeling shame when needing help. No one should feel shame for doing what is needed to help keep their loved ones happy, healthy, and safe. I saw a post on a Facebook group that was free food. This person had made individual bags of essential items and left them in their driveway for anyone who needed to pick them up. What I love about this is that people can remain anonymous and if it’s hard for them to ask for help, they can still receive it.
Being inspired by this post that’s what I did with my cat food. I divided it into individual Ziploc bags and advertised on Facebook the location where they could be found, at the end of the day whatever was left was donated to a local food bank.
Should you find yourself needing help, know that there is no shame in asking for help.