Our furry friends need food, too!

In 2014, the Calgary Food Bank provided over 132,000 Calgarian’s access to emergency food, most of whom were families in tough spots with no one to turn to for help. But some family members don’t eat the same food, or even walk on two legs.

Whether they talk with their beaks or walk on four feet, our pets are cherished parts of our family and they need just as much help, love and nutrition as we do.

Every day we receive requests from clients for pet food, which is housed in a small corner of our 60,000 square-foot warehouse. The requests are numerous and it’s not uncommon to hear clients deny their own need just to get a few cans of pet food or a bag of kibble.


We’ve been very fortunate to have several donors contribute to our pet supply at the food bank, some even designating their donated dollars to just that cause.

Pet food retailers, grocery stores, as well as Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) have also played a big part in contributing to our animal food.

In December 2014 we received enormous support from non-profits like AARCS, when they donated dog and cat food as well as milk bones during the busy Christmas season — and after seeing the need, has continued to donate all year round.

Sometimes, the unthinkable does happen and people are left to choose whether they feed themselves or their fur baby.


Companionship is a huge part of making it through the tough times. Whether it’s the love of our friends and families, or snuggles from a family pet, it’s nearly impossible to go through life’s hardships alone.

“There’s this sense that if you are having trouble feeding yourself, you should not have a pet — and yet that denies people the relationship that often can be a lifeline or that can bring so much joy,” says PhD student, Ann Toohey from the University of Calgary.

Toohey is currently researching pets and the aging population in terms of the mental and physical implications companion animal relationships have on the seniors.

“Sometimes people find themselves in poor circumstances unexpectedly. So many people view their pets as a family member and so as a society we are more or less asking people to disrupt their family to get through this period,” says Toohey.

We’re big pet lovers here at the food bank and if you’ve ever been to our offices, you’ve probably seen our furry babies posted all over our walls. Though pets are not a part of our official mandate, we understand that they are parts of our families, too.


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  1. 12 Days of Giving to Animals - Peartree Impressions Says :

    Posted on December 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    […] food and other basic necessities, also accept donations of pet food for their pet food pantry. The Calgary Food Bank explains on their website that they “know from experience our pets are treasured parts of our […]

  2. Diane

    Posted on January 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Hello, I would like to donate pet food and supplies for babies (formula and diapers). Could I go ahead and drop these items off at the local marlet that is collecting for the food back (Sobeys for example)? Or will these products be denied? Thank you, Diane

    • Kevin Waites

      Posted on January 10, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Thanks so much!!
      We definitely accept pet food and baby supplies. Please go ahead and leave them in the bin at your local grocery store and we will pick them up.
      Thanks for thinking of us and have a great day!

  3. Erika

    Posted on January 7, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Do you accept open bags of pet food?

    • Jen Little Says :

      Posted on January 29, 2018 at 11:18 am


      Unfortunately we can’t accept open bags of pet food. Check with the Humane Society, ARF or the MEOW Foundation, as they might. Also, I believe some of the pet stores in Calgary have donation bins for pet charities and the might also accept open bags. Thank you.

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