Community stepped up after Seattle Humane faced urgent pet food shortage

Feb 25, 2024, 5:52 PM | Updated: 7:52 pm

Two dogs that are up for adoption sleep together at the Humane Society. (Getty Images)...

Two dogs that are up for adoption sleep together at the Humane Society. (Getty Images)

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UPDATE (Feb. 25, 7:50 p.m.): 

Seattle Humane reported on its Facebook and Instagram pages this weekend that the community delivered, a lot, on the organization’s request for food for the animals it is currently caring for.

In one post Sunday, the organization stated it received, “Nine deliveries today and more (were) on the way!”

Thank you so much to our amazing Rescue Squad for always being there for pets and the people who love them,” another post from the organization Saturday states. “The response to our request for Pet Food Bank donations has been incredible, and we know more special deliveries are on their way. You make our lifesaving work possible!”


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Earlier story:

Seattle Humane is in a desperate situation. Delays in receiving food orders have left them struggling to meet the growing demand. The shelves are bare, and the need is urgent. Cans of wet cat and dog food and dry cat food are in short supply.

The not-for-profit animal shelter is dedicated to saving lives, reuniting families, and ensuring that pets remain with those who love them.

The Pet Food Bank & Supplies program at Seattle Humane collects and distributes donated pet food to families in need throughout the region. Volunteers deliver nearly 82,000 meals to pet owners relying on this essential service each month. Families and food banks alike depend on this lifeline to keep their beloved pets fed and healthy.

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Despite the challenges, Seattle Humane continues to serve over 900 clients who depend on their assistance. Families facing financial hardships, seniors, and others rely on this program to ensure their pets don’t go hungry. The society strives to provide both dry and wet food, litter, and hygiene items while supplies last.

How you can help

  1. Donate: Generous community donations sustain the Pet Food Bank. You can drop off pet food and supplies at the Seattle Humane Pet Food Bank located at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue. Donations are accepted without an appointment.
  2. Red Barrel Partners: Look for Red Barrels at partner locations where you can also drop off donations.
  3. Amazon Wish List: Contribute online through the society’s Amazon Wish List.
  4. Run a Drive: Consider organizing a pet food and supply drive to support this critical cause.

Seattle Humane’s mission is to complete families, save lives, and keep pets with those who cherish them.

Editors’ note: This story originally was published on Friday, Feb. 23. It has been updated and republished multiple times since then.

Contributing: Steve Coogan

Bill Kaczaraba is a content editor at MyNorthwest. You can read his stories here. Follow Bill on X, formerly known as Twitter, here and email him here.

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