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What would you do if you couldn't afford to feed your pet?

Every day, families struggle to keep food on the table for their children and food in the bowl for their pets. Some must give up their pets because they simply can't feed them.

Meanwhile, animal shelters and rescue groups strive to feed the growing number of cats, dogs, and other homeless pets in their care.

The Humane Society of the United States has made it easy for you to help these families, shelters, and rescues: the Fill the Bowl program.

How Fill the Bowl works

You help families

If you are already donating to a food bank or collecting for a local food pantry in your area, add pet food to what you are already giving. It will be distributed to needy families with pets.

You help your local animal shelter or rescue group

Partner with one of your local animal shelters or rescue groups and find out what food or other supplies are needed. You can find a local shelter via the Shelter Pet Project. And if you would like to partner with a group that helps homeless strays and feral cats, visit our Feral Cat Organizations map.

The Fill the Bowl kit

Each free project kit includes the basics to get you started:

  • 1 poster
  • 2 bin stickers
  • 25 postcards

Additional online resources include an insert for your church bulletin and a flyer (11" x 17").


Order the Kit

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