Challenging economic times can result in difficulty finding the funds to buy pet food. As a result, many pet food pantries have sprung up throughout the state.
The following is a list provided by the Humane Society of the United States lists some of the food pantries in Maine. If there are additions to this list, please leave a comment, so they can be added to this valuable resource.
Houlton – Houlton Humane Society is operating a Pet Food Pantry at 263 Callaghan Road. For more info, call 207-532-3862.
Houlton – Hollywood Pet Salon, 70 Main Street, Houlton, has contacts with local pantries. For more info, call 207-532-7387.
Caribou – Halfway Home Pet Rescue Free Pet Food Pantry, Caribou Vet Clinic of the Presque Island Animal Hospital Building, Herschel Street, Caribou. Most Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am to 6 pm. For more info, call 207-498-3878.
Auburn: The Good Shepherd Food Bank, a large scale food pantry, located in Auburn and Brewer, distributing throughout the state. For more info, go to http://gsfb.org/ or call 207-782-3554. The Greater Androscoggin County Humane Society (GAHS) helps supply them with pet supplies. Good Shepherd then distributes these supplies throughout their coverage area.
Portland and Westbrook – Furry Friends Pet Pantry available through the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, 440 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook, (Wednesdays, 1-3 pm), 207-854-9771, and Camp Bow Wow, 49 Blueberry Road, in Portland. (Mondays, 1-3 pm) 207-541-9247.
Lakes Region – Animal Rescue Unit Pet Food Assistance, operating in the Lakes Region of Cumberland and Oxford counties. To donate or apply for assistance, contact Brogan Horton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standish – Standish Pet Pantry for those in need of temporary assistance in feeding their pets. As of April 3, 2011, their hours are Sunday, from 1-3 pm. For more info, contact 207-642-3461.
Camden – Penobscot Pet Pantry distributes free pet food to eligible families on the first Tuesday of each month, from 2 – 4 pm, at the American Legion Hall, 91 Pearl St., Camden. For more info, contact email@example.com, http://www.petobscotpetpantry.com/ or 207-763-4291.
Sullivan and Sorento – Sullivan Animal Food Eatery for the towns of Sullivan and Sorento. Contact the town office at 1888 Route 1, Sullivan, 207-422-6282.
Bar Harbor – MDI Pet Food Pantries. People can pick up food at the Bar Harbor Food Pantries. For dates an hours go to barharborfoodpantry.org/index.php or call 207-288-3375.
Deer Isle – Island Food Pantry, Island Community Center, Lower Level, 346-6181. Donations can be left at R.L. Greenlaw’s office on Thurlow’s Hill or at the pantry. The Island Food Pantry is open the first, second, third and fourth Thursdays, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. It located on the lower level of the Island Community Center.
Edgecomb – Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Contact Betsy Pratt, www.lcas.me or 207-882-9677. LCAS hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.
Bangor area – Furry Friends Food Bank, available through the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, helping elderly and disabled individuals. For more info, contact http://www.eaaa.org/furryfriends.shtml or call 207-941-2865.
Brewer – The Good Shepherd Food Bank, a large scale food pantry, located in Auburn and Brewer, distributing throughout the state. For more info, go to http://gsfb.org/ or call 207-782-3554. The Greater Androscoggin County Humane Society (GAHS) helps supply them with pet supplies. Good Shepherd then distributes these supplies throughout their coverage area.
Waterville – Clinton Pet Food Pantry, second Friday, 2 – 4 pm at the Pleasant Street Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant Street, Waterville. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-409-5904.
Hallowell and Waterville – AniMeals for Seniors. Senior Spectrum Generations in Hallowell and the Muskie Center, Waterville are running an AniMeal program in conjunction with the Meals on Wheels program for seniors. For more info, contact Lynda Johnson at 207-626-7777 or email@example.com.
Searsport – Searsport Animal Fund Endowment – SAFE, PO Box 178, Searsport, ME 04974. For more info, contact 207-548-2281
Alfred – York County Shelter Food Pantry, Shaker Hill, Alfred, is including pet food to help low income individuals feel their pets. Call ahead at 207-324-1137.
Kittery – Food Pantry Footprints, 37 Old Post Road, Kittery. Open Wednesdays 10 am – 1 pm. For more info, contact 207-439-4673.
Sanford – Corner Cupboard, Sanford Unitarian Church, corner of Main and Lebanon streets, third Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm. The Sanford/Springvale Animal Welfare Team has partnered with the Corner Cupboard to ensure a plentiful supply of pet supplies.
York – York Community Food Pantry, Woodbridge Road, York. Thursdays, 9 am – 3 pm. For more info, contact 207-351-1928.