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The Emergency Pet Food Bank is a temporary assistance program that helps pet owners provide essential supplies for pets during a short-term hardship.



10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Emergency Pet Food Bank

When pet owners experience financial hardships, pets often suffer.


  • Owners can be faced with having to choose between food for themselves or food for their pets. 

  • In some cases, owners will substitute pet foods for human foods that pets cannot digest, leading to health problems caused by poor diet and improper nutrition.

  • Others will surrender beloved pets to shelters or rescues and in more severe instances, pets are turned loose or neglected when they can no longer be cared for.

Why we do it
Our Impact

Emergency Pet Food Bank Impact

Numbers from 2019 Program Statistics


Unique clients served in 2019


Visits to our Emergency Pet Food bank in 2019


pounds of food and cat litter distributed through the Emergency Pet Food Bank in 2019


Dog houses provided to pets living outdoors without adequate shelter.

The 2019 total distribution of 51,157 pounds included:

  • 734 cans of wet cat food

  • 250 cans of wet dog food

  • 1,666 bags of cat litter

  • 2,905 bags of dry dog food

  • 2,578 bags of dry cat food

KHS is feeding approx. 50 local cats and dogs each day!

Get help for your pets:


  • Visit our office with your ID during open hours. 

  • On your first visit, there is a form to fill out so that we can register you and your pets in the program. 

  • We can provide dry dog food, cat food and cat litter.  Other items like wet food, treats, leashes, collars and other basic pet supplies can be provided as available.

  • You will leave with supplies on your first visit.

  • If you have a special request beyond basic food and litter, please call our office at 269-345-1181 to see if your needs can be met.

Get Help
Give Help
  • How can I use this service?
    Victims are referred to KHS from the YWCA, although other agencies have also referred clients to us. If you are working with the YWCA, a case worker, a police agency, or a court can validate your need by contacting our office at 269-345-1181. If you are not working with any agency but would like more information, call us at 269-345-1181, and we can assess our availability to assist on a case-by-case basis.
  • I know of someone that is being abused, and their pet is also being abused. What should I do?
    If an adult victim isn’t willing to leave, you can’t do much for them, but if pets or children are involved, you can take steps to ensure their safety. For children, please get in touch with Child Protective Services at 269-337-5046 For animals, please call Kalamazoo County Animal Services at 269-383-8775 If you live outside of Kalamazoo County, contact the Child Protective Service or Animal Control department in your jurisdiction.
  • How long will you keep my pet safe?
    The length of time for each case is different and is based on how long it takes the pet owner to find safe housing. We can hold animals based on your needs as long as you are actively looking for a place for you and your pet. If you find a friend or family member willing to accept your pet before you have found a new residence, we are happy to release the pet to someone you trust.
  • Where are the pets housed at?
    KHS works with discreet and trustworthy boarding facilities. While a pet is in our care, we do not release the location of any pets to protect the pet and the victim. No pets are housed at our facility as we are not a boarding kennel or shelter.
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