Serving Southeastern Massachusetts, the Pet Pantry's mission is to distribute pet food and related pet items to families in need in order to keep pets and their families together in times of hardship. We also hold fundraisers and events to educate our community to the growing epidemic of hungry pets. Read more about us.
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Why We Do What We Do
While working at an animal shelter (APCSM), one of the worst experiences was having to witness the grief when a family surrendered their animal to us. Many of these people had to surrender the animals for reasons related to finances. Some people were just in a transition and if they had only had some resources they could’ve kept their animals. It was clear that these people loved their animals dearly. There were a lot of tears shed during those appointments and I’d be lying if I said that the other staff members and I didn’t cry behind the scenes as well.
I cannot imagine having to be in a position to give up my dog or cat - the most loving creatures in my life.
I will never forget the last goodbyes. I will never forget having to pull a dog away from its family and the look on his or her face when I put them in a kennel, full of fear and
confusion as their life was about to be changed forever. I will never forget watching a cat reluctantly crawl into its new temporary home - a small, metal cage, cowering away from us and trembling in
fear of its new unfamiliar surroundings. Everything that they knew was about to be shattered into pieces. When I heard about The Pet Pantry I knew I had to get involved. I signed on because
I believed I could make a difference. I witnessed the problem firsthand and saw a potential solution to many of these cases.
Who We Serve
We serve a range of people who come to us for a variety of reasons. We have served low income residents, senior citizens, veterans, single parents, and more. We have had a client who utilized our
services after undergoing open-heart surgery. They needed supplemental help with cat food and litter while they could pay off their medical bills and recover. All of our clients explain the
immense bond they have with their animals and that it would be a tragedy to be separated from them.
We have learned from many of our recipients that when pet food is unavailable at food pantries, people often resort to feeding their pets their own (human) food, which is not nutritionally complete for our pets.
Most owners admit they would go hungry before letting their pets go hungry.
That is why we do what we do.
In January of 2018 we were serving one food pantry in Taunton, however we have expanded our reach and now actively serve pantries located in Brockton, Easton, Stoughton, Rockland, and Abington.
We are thrilled to be helping MORE people and MORE pets! In early 2018, we also only had one small 5'-long storage bin located in the garage of the APCSM where the shelter
staff had allowed us to store some bags and cans of pet food. As time went on and we gained more clients, we graduated to two shelving units and two storage bins in their garage. But we are gradually
running out of space.
Our Latest Project
We are now at the point where we have so many donations coming in and going out that we are moving into a 48' semi trailer. In order to GROW we need a trailer so that we can supply pet food to more animals in need and clients will have an easier time accessing us. We have been working on renovating it since the summer and we are currently looking for sponsors to help us finish this project.
The Pet Pantry is a piece of the community that has been missing for many years.
People have had companion animals for centuries with little to no resources to help in times of need. Having a permanent space for the Pet Pantry means we can serve our community more efficiently
and help those in need. There can be options for families who need a little help before deciding to surrender their animals to a shelter.
How You Can Help
We currently have a sponsorship program in place for anyone who would like to contribute to our mission to help feed animals in need. We are registered as a non-profit, charitable corporation under the Internal Revenue code, section 501(c)3, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
Thank you for your support.
- Corinne Lawson
The Pet Pantry is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charity.
Receipts are available upon request.
Donations can be left at any of the following locations. If needed, ask an employee for assistance in finding our donation bin.
Petco - Mansfield
280 School St. Mansfield, MA 02048
Petco - Taunton
65 Taunton Depot Dr. Taunton, MA 02780
Petco - Avon
20 Stockwell Dr. Avon, MA 02322
JM Pet Resort
1014 Pearl St., Brockton, MA 02301
Taunton Cat Hospital
56 Winthrop St. Taunton, MA 02780
North Easton Savings Bank
295 Main St. Easton, MA 02356
Bristol County Savings Bank
108 N Main St. Raynham, MA 02767
Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts
1300 West Elm St Ext. Brockton, MA 02301
VCA Whitman Animal Hospital
795 Bedford St., Whitman, MA 02382
719 Washington St., South Easton, MA 02375