Hard economic times may result in tough choices regarding family pets for households struggling to stretch their limited resources. Families faced with the choice of purchasing pet food or providing for their family’s needs may have to make the heartbreaking decision to give up their pet.

Dane County Humane Society partners with the Community Action Coalition for South Central WI, Inc. (CAC) to supply pet food and cat litter to participating Dane County food pantries. Since its start in 2011, the program has collected and distributed over 260,000 pounds of pet food and kitty litter to local food pantries. (Please note that we do not operate a pet food pantry at DCHS. Donated food is sent out to participating pantries for distribution.)

Need Help?

The following Dane County food pantries distribute pet food (dry or canned) and cat litter (clumping or clay). Please check with each pantry for their hours of operation and participation requirements.

East Madison Community Center: 8 Straubel Court, Madison 53704 (608) 249-0861

First United Methodist Church: 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison 53703 (608) 259-9061

Helping Hands Outreach Ministry: 7475 Mineral Point Road, Madison 53717 (608) 446-2718

Middleton Outreach Ministry: 3502 Parmenter Street, Middleton 53562 (608) 836-7338

Salvation Army Food Pantry: 3030 Darbo Drive, Madison 53714 (608) 250-2203

The River Food Pantry: 2201 Darwin Road, Madison 53704 (608) 442-8815

United Methodist Church Food Pantry: 525 Lincoln Avenue, Stoughton 53589 (608) 873-3273

How can you help?

Host a drive to collect pet food and cat litter in your business, school or organization. Items needed include:

  • Dry dog or cat food in bags 10 pounds or less
  • Canned dog or cat food in single quantities or cases
  • Cat litter (clumping or clay) in bags 10 pounds or less
  • Rabbit, guinea pig, hamster and pet bird foods

Display one of our 'Help Keep Pets in their Homes' house-shaped monetary donation containers in your business.

Bring donations to a participating business or organization. Donation barrels are located year-round at the following area businesses:

Mounds Pet Food Warehouse

2110 South Stoughton Road, Madison, WI

8311 University Avenue, Middleton, WI

5350 King James Way, Fitchburg, WI

2422 Montana Avenue, Sun Prairie, WI

Whole Foods

3313 University Avenue, Madison, WI

For more information

Contact the Keeping Pets in their Homes Program Coordinator or call (608) 838-0413 ext. 114.