Companion animals are part of our family, we love them, we cherish them and we would do anything for them. However, animal shelters throughout Canada are reporting an increasing need from the community – particularly for pet food. As government support programs ended, we anticipate we will see more risk to companion animals of homelessness and abandonment.

Canadians love their companion animals, approximately 60% of us have a pet and we don’t want to let financial constraints separate vulnerable families due to lack of access to pet food and basic pet supplies.

Support mechanisms are now needed to ensure that families can afford to keep their beloved companion animals and that our shelter system does not become overwhelmed by surrenders.  These supports include emergency food aid and veterinary care.

We are excited to announce our second grant cycle starting October 21st until November 4th of this year, to be distributed among organizations who are running pet food banks, or who are interested in setting up one. This grant is made possible thanks to the generosity of PetSmart Charities® of Canada.

Humane Canada is starting a fund specifically for granting to organizations that provide pet food to vulnerable animals. It is a first of its kind in Canada!

In January 2021, we received 51 grant applications from humane societies, SPCAs, registered food banks, and companion animal support organizations. Our granting committee would like to congratulate the eight organizations who have received a grant by Humane Canada™ on the first granting round of the National Pet Food Bank Program and were able to feed 9,220 animals. We are so proud of this accomplishment but it also lets us know that there were another 43 organizations that needed our help, amounting to more than 75,000 animals in need. So, we set to work to make more money available for another grant. 

What can you do to help?

Make a gift today to support the National Pet Food Bank Program.

With your financial donation you will:

  • Help vulnerable companion animals to stay with their families during the deepening financial crisis.
  • Help Humane Canada™ establish an effective, efficient and sustainable model for a cross-Canada pet food bank program providing short term aid to companion animal guardians experiencing financial hardship. 

Special thanks to Donner Canadian Foundation for its grant for the National Pet Food Bank Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of pet food will be supplied?

Humane Canada™ will not be involved in the distribution of pet food. We are distributing $40,000 total in grants to organizations involved in pet food banking.  Organizations have free will to use the granted funds to purchase pet food (according to their community’s needs) and/or basic pet supplies (cat litter, collars, leashes, etc.). We have no say in what type of pet food will be purchased by each organization. 

How can I access food for my pet?

Humane Canada™ will not be involved in the distribution of pet food. We are distributing $40,000 total in grants to organizations involved in pet food banking.  Organizations have free will to use the granted funds to purchase pet food (according to their community’s needs) and/or basic pet supplies (cat litter, collars, leashes, etc.). We have no say in what type of pet food will be purchased by each organization. 

Who can apply to these grants?

These grants are intended for organizations such as, but not limited to, humane societies, SPCAS, food banks or animal welfare organizations that meet the eligibility requirements (i.e., be a registered charity in Canada). Learn more about eligibility requirements here

What is the amount of the grants?

Grant amounts vary, up to $7,500 per selected organization

When will the funds be disbursed?

By December, 2021