More and more pets are finding themselves homeless because their families are facing tough economic times.
AniMeals Pet Food Bank is a partnership of Contra Costa Humane Society and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano that helps financially challenged families and individuals keep their pets in the home. CCHS is happy to assist our community by providing supplementary pet food to the most needy in Contra Costa County.
AniMeals works with community groups, local businesses, and compassionate individuals to collect pet food and, through our partnership with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, distribute these goods to our community’s neediest families.
We are in need of dry cat food! Any donations of dog or cat food (dry or wet) are greatly appreciated. Please drop donations off at our CCHS office (or by leaving it in our AniMeals barrel outside of our back office door between 9am-2:30pm.)
We take donations of unexpired dog and cat food (if opened, please seal securely). AniMeals also offers other opportunities for support, including monetary donations, sponsorships, hosting your own food drive, and volunteering.
Many thanks to these AniMeals’ business affiliates: Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Pet Food Express, Target Pinole and Pleasant Hill and Encina Veterninary Center.
To receive food through AniMeals:
If you are interested in this program, please take a few minutes to review the procedures:
- The program is in partnership with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. To be a part of AniMeals you must register with the Food Bank and can contact them at 925-676-7543 or 800-870-3663. They will give you the list of easy requirements such as valid form of ID, proof of address, and income guidelines for all household members.
- Once you are signed up for the Food Bank, CCHS distributes food once monthly out of Martinez, Rodeo, Pittsburg and Bay Point. To receive food you will need to attend one of the distribution sites listed below.
- Come to the site and receive food from the Food Bank. You will see our location. Bring your Food Bank registration card and present to the CCHS volunteer to be registered in the program. The volunteer will ask to see your card and ask what animals are in the household.
- You will need to have proof of spay/neuter for EVERY animal in the household. If you do not have it with you, CCHS will allow a month of food so that the following month you can bring the proof of spay/neuter and register. You can obtain proof of spay/neuter from your records, registration with the county or from your vet – or a local vet can examine the animal (fees may apply). CCHS will not continue to serve food for unregistered pets or families without proof of spay/neuter.
- Once registered you will be given an yellow or orange (colors may change) ticket symbolizing whether you have a dog or a cat at home. Only ONE (1) portion of food ranging from 4-8 pounds (typical serving is 4 pounds) of food will be given for ONE dog in the home and ONE (1) portion for a cat in the home. All food is donated to CCHS so unfortunately we do not have enough to give more than one portion per animal.
- Each month you can return to the same site that you are registered at, stand in line and check in, then receive a portion of supplemental food. If you miss a month or two – fear not – once you are registered we will keep you registered for a period of time. If you need to re-register for any reason we will let you know when you come to the distribution to check in.
CCHS may also distribute other pet items (though it is not guaranteed) such as litter, toys, leashes, bedding, carriers and treats.
Remember – don’t forget proof of spay/neuter! We hope to see you there.
Distribution sites and days for 2022
|Address||Boys and Girls Club – 1301 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez|
|Dates||2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 12pm to 1pm|
||Solomon Temple – 655 California Avenue|
||The 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 2pm-3pm|
||Bayo Vista Child Care Center – 2 California Street|
||The 2nd Tuesday of the month from 9am to 11pm|
Want to know more? Here is a video about how AniMeals began in 2009 and who the program helps: