The Humane Society of the United States has awarded CVHS a $13,500 grant in response to the massive need seen in our community among pet owners for assistance in caring for their animals. CVHS has dramatically increased it's pet assistance programming in recent months, serving over 3,300 animals during this crisis alone. CVHS has partnered with HACAP during it's large-scale drive-through food pantries in the Cedar Rapids area as a response to the crisis. Staff and volunteers have offered dog and cat food to pet owners at four of these events since their inception. Additional events are being scheduled in the future. At each of these drive-through food pantries, CVHS is able to provide multiple tons of food, individually portioned and bagged by dedicated volunteers. While some of this food is donated in-kind to the CVHS food pantry by members of the community, CVHS also purchases an additional $750 - $1,000 of pet food for each event. Keep up-to-date with future pet food pantry times and locations by following the CVHS Facebook page.
CVHS also partners with community food pantries throughout Linn, Benton, and Johnson Counties. In direct response to this heightened need, CVHS has added an additional food pantry partner in Benton County. Supplies of pet food can be picked up by those in need at the following partner locations. Contact these organizations to set up a time to pick up your pet food:
South Benton County Food Pantry
1212 8th Avenue Belle Plaine, IA 52208
Wellington Heights Resource Center 392 15th St SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Vinton Food Pantry 811 D Ave. Vinton, IA 52349
North Liberty Community Pantry 89 N Jones Blvd North Liberty, IA 52317
If you need help feeding your dog or cat due to financial difficulties, CVHS is operating the shelter's on-site pet food pantry during open business hours Noon - 5:00PM Monday through Friday.
Individuals looking to donate to assist in the work of feeding hungry animals can make a donation of pet food (dry food needed most) or by donating financially to support our food bank program! https://www.cvhumane.org/donate
Pet food donations can be brought to the shelter at:
7411 Mt. Vernon Road SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Donations can be left at the front door outside of business hours. If you would like a receipt for donated goods, please bring donations during open hours.