To make sure no pets go hungry in this difficult economy, pet food pantries are popping up all over Maine. If you're struggling to make ends meet, here's where you can get food for your pets. If you're lucky enough to have a bit extra this year, please donate to any of the following pet pantries — and thank you!
If you don't see your local animal shelter listed here, call them — they may have food donations they're not using. Also try your local human-food pantry, as pet food may be donated to them on occasion — if they know there's a need, they may start soliciting for pet-food donations.
If you know of pet-food pantries that are not on the list below, please email info to us as well as the Maine representative of the Humane Society of the United States, Katie Lisnik (207-775-2225).
Maine Animal Shelter Directory
Here's a good list of all animal shelters in Maine, from AnimalShelter.org.
Maine Human-Food Pantry Directory
Here's a good list of all food pantries in Maine, from Maine.gov and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Resources.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank
This large-scale food pantry is in Auburn and Brewer and distributes throughout the state
Houlton Human Society's Callaghan Road location and their satellite location at the Hollywood Pet Salon are offering a food pantry for pets. Ludlow Food Pantry and St. Mary's Church may also have pet food available on a limited basis. Catholic Charities of Maine also has some food and litter, and they serve food pantries throughout Aroostook County.
Catholic Charities of Maine
Supplying food pantries throughout Aroostook County
Caribou Pet-Food Pantry
Sponsored by Friends of Madawaska Lake Homeless Cats
Presque Isle Animal Hospital, Caribou Clinic
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
Houlton Humane Society
263 Callaghan Road
Hollywood Pet Salon
70 Main Street
Ludlow Food Pantry
831 Ludlow Road
St. Mary's Church
110 Military Street
Furry Friends Pet Pantry supplies the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and Camp Bow Wow in Portland.
Camp Bow Wow
49 Blueberry Road
Pantry hours: Mondays, 1pm - 3pm
Animal Refuge League
449 Stroudwater Street
Pantry Hours: Wednesdays, 1 - 3pm
HANCOCK AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES
The Sullivan Animal Food Eatery
The towns of Sullivan and Sorrento have a new pet-food pantry, thanks to their Animal Control Officer and animal-loving Town Clerk.
1888 Route 1
The Bar Harbor Food Pantry
The BHFP is now providing food for pets.
Please see their web site or call 207-288-3375 for dates and hours.
For more information, email or call the pantry organizer, Diana de los Santos at Bark Harbor
Lincoln County Animal Shelter
Lincoln County Animal Shelter started a pet-food pantry to help people keep their pets instead of having to surrender them.
Manager: Betsy Pratt
Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Furry Friends Food Bank is available through the Eastern Area Agency on Aging in the Bangor area and focuses on serving the elderly and disabled adults.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Furry Friends
Paws for a Cause
Fairfield Center (junction of Rtes 104 and 23)
First and third Friday of each month
Contact: Del Pomerleau (207-465-7906) or Sabrina Williamson (207-249-9441)
The York County Shelter people-food pantry is expanding to include pet food to help low-income folks feed their pets so they don't have to surrender them to animal shelters. The people-food pantry is open Monday through Friday 1-4, but people needing pet food should call ahead to check for pet-food availability.
York County Shelter
Contact: Joan (207-324-1137) or Sandy (207-324-8811)
Barn Homes Needed
The recession is taking its toll not only on people but also on their pets. Shelters everywhere are overflowing with cats and kittens surrendered or abandoned by people who can no longer afford to care for them.
FoFF has been fielding a growing number of calls to help find homes for not only feral cats but also abandoned domestic cats and kittens. Our waiting list for cats who need barn homes grows every week.
If you can offer your barn as a safe haven for any number of cats, please let us know (email Jill, our barn-cat coordinator, or the FoFF office).
Some of the cats are truly feral and need only to be fed and left alone to mouse; others are friendlier and might normally be placed in homes but, given the overflow in shelters and the fact they are used to living outside, we are trying to place them in barns. All cats are fixed, vaccinated, and vet checked before placement.
Please help or spread the word about these cats who need only a place to sleep and a daily supply of food and water. And please let us know also if you have room for a friendly housecat or kitten, or are interested in being a temporary foster home for one.