Nourish the Needy and Pets of the Homeless

Stuff the Bus pic onlyFaced with financial hardship, families often give up their pets when they cannot afford to feed them. Through The Animal League’s Nourish the Needy Program, families are provided free pet food through our partnership with local food pantries in our community. We believe that pets are important family members, and by helping to keep these pets in their homes, we will maintain the human-animal bond that is so important - especially in difficult times.

During the month of November and December, we asked our friends in the community to join us in collecting pet food and supplies for this program.

In 2013, for example, The Animal League and Subaru drove to 15 business partner locations throughout the community to pick up donations for Stuff the Subaru. We collected an estimated 2,000 pounds of pet food and supplies! Donations were collected and distributed to our partner food pantries listed below. This opportunity was made possible by a grant from ASPCA and our friends at Bill Bryan Subaru.

The following businesses collected donations on our behalf: Ambiance Studio Salon, Bacchus Vino, Bill Bryan Subaru, Classic Treasures, Computer Business Consultants, Just My Style Salon & Day Spa, Keller Williams Classic III Realty, Lake County Animal Services, Minneola Realty, Pawsh Pet, Petco, The Animal League Thrift Store, SunSpots Productions, Travis Realty, and Whitehouse & Cooper Law Firm.

Nourish the Needy is The Animal League program assisted by veterinarians, business owners, and concerned citizens who want to do something to prevent people from having to make the heartbreaking decision to give up a beloved pet. Faced with financial hardship, families often give up their pets when they cannot afford to feed them. The unfortunate result is that many pets are being given up or abandoned. This is heartbreaking for everyone involved. To help these people most in need, The Animal League provides emergency assistance to families facing unemployment, foreclosure, or other financial crises, thus enabling them to keep their pets. We provide pet food until the family is able to provide this necessity on their own. Interested in low cost spay and neuter options for your pet? Check out The Animal League Wellness Center for reasonable prices and friendly service.

The Animal League is also a collection site for a nationally acclaimed program Pets of the Homeless. This is a similar program with a focus on providing pet food and medical treatment for the pets of homeless people so they can keep their beloved friends. The purpose of both the Nourish the Needy and Pets of the Homeless programs is to prevent people from having to give up their pets. Owners must show proof of financial need to the food pantries according to the pantries’ guidelines.

Both food programs exist solely through the generosity of the community, with all pet food and supplies donated by others: nothing is purchased by The Animal League.

Below is a List of Pet Food Collection sites where you can drop off pet food year-round:

  • The Animal League Adoption Center | 4648 Baptist Island Road, Groveland | (352) 429-6334
  • The Animal League Wellness Center | 32721 Radio Road Leesburg | (352) 530-2688
  • The Animal League Thrift Shop | 770 W Montrose Street, Clermont | (352) 394-1818
  • All Care Animal Hospital | 504 S Highway 27, Minneola | (352) 394-7444
  • Ambiance Studio Salon | 2110 North Donnelly Street Suite 400, Mout Dora | (352) 383-4247
  • Royal Oaks Veterinary | 2105 Hartwood Marsh Rd #1, Clermont | (352) 243-8043
  • Petco | 2561 East Highway 50, Clermont | (352) 241-7640

Below is a list of FOOD PANTRIES you can RECEIVE pet food from if you are in need and qualify:

  • Leesburg Food Bank, 1305 Sunshine Ave, Leesburg, FL 352 326 5463
  • Christian Service Center, 300 West Franklin St., Ocoee 407-656-6678
  • Faith Neighborhood Center, 7432 S.R. 50, Groveland  352-429-1200
  • Family Christian Center 16215 Highway 50, Clermont 352-242-1895