Supporting Pets during hard times
No pet should have to go hungry. And no one should have to choose between feeding themselves or feeding their pets. Hard times can happen to anyone, and with pets, in the family, there are more bowls to fill when money is tight.
If you’re struggling to afford food for your dog, cat, or small pet, Blue Cross pet food banks can support you without judgement. This could be you, your family or friends just anyone caring for any pet in our society.
They can help you with pet food and other items, including bedding and litter.
As well as running pet food banks, Blue Cross has partnered with other organisations around the UK to provide pet food at human food banks across the country.
They also welcome donations of food or money for our pet food banks. Each and everyone will help keep pets with their loving families.
Who can use a Blue Cross pet food bank?
Anyone struggling to feed their pets can visit our pet food banks and collect the food they need. Everyone understands that coming to a food bank can be difficult. They won’t ask you for a voucher or proof of need, and the Blue Cross team will welcome anyone without judgement.
As well as running Blue Cross pet food banks, they provide pet food through their partners to give out through their food banks. Food banks run by Blue Cross partners each have their ways of working, and to use them, you may need a referral from a frontline professional or Citizens Advice or to show them a voucher.
How to get pet food
Visit your nearest Blue Cross pet food bank during opening hours to collect pet food.
They currently support dogs, cats and small pets, chinchillas, degus, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats.
Call them before you visit to check what they have in stock. Because they rely on donations, they can’t guarantee stock for all pets at all times.
Depending on stock, they may have bedding, cat litter, leads and other pet accessories. Speak to one of the friendly Blue Cross teams to see if they can help you with these.
Find your local pet food bank here.
Please note Blue Cross provides pet food to their partners to give out via their food banks. Their partners operate differently from the pet food banks we run at Blue Cross rehoming centres and animal hospitals. You can find details of the food bank partners they work with here.