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Idaho Humane Society opens pet food pantry for those impacted by COVID-19

The Idaho Humane Society (IHS) is the proud recipient of a Pet Food grant from (distributed by Rescue Bank) to provide pet food assistance to not only individuals affected by COVID-19 in the Treasure Valley, but also as a pet food bank for shelters and organizations across Idaho.

This local distribution of pet food is part of multi-million dollar nationwide donation effort that is executing to help the pet communities across the U.S. impacted most by the coronavirus outbreak.

The IHS Pet Food Pantry is a year-round safety-net program designed primarily to provide resources to struggling pet owners in need of assistance through a monthly distribution. Owners needing assistance can sign up for the program online. Applicants may email [email protected] if they can’t make it during our upcoming distribution dates at our Dorman shelter:

  • April 29 (Wed) 3 pm – 5 pm
  • May 3 (Sun) 11 am – 1 pm
  • May 27 (Wed) 3 pm – 5 pm
  • June 14 (Sun) 11 am – 1 pm
  • June 24 (Wed) 3 pm – 5 pm

“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors across Idaho who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and look forward to assisting even more families and animals through this generous grant, relayed Kristine Schellhaas, communications manager at the Idaho Humane Society.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis, while also affecting pet parents so it is our duty to step in and offer assistance on a national level by creating a  network of relief distribution centers with our local animal shelter partners while also supporting them,” said Liz Baker, CEO for

Organizations and shelters in need of pet food assistance can apply online.

If community members would like to contribute food to our Pet Food Pantry, we’re in need of wet cat food. We could also use donations of wet dog food, small training treats, and quality cat/dog food in bags of 20 pounds of less (for our elderly families receiving Meals on Wheels).

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