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Pet Pantry


OPEN: In the wake of COVID-19, the Humane Rescue Alliance's Pet Pantry is still operating as a vital resource for DC residents. All distribution events are held outdoors, including in inclement weather. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced. If you are showing signs of illness, please stay home.

View up-to-date list of area clinics, pet supply stores, and boarding facilities. 

The Pet Pantry program was created to support DC residents in caring for their pets by providing free pet food to those who indicate need. The food distributed is intended to supplement the pet's monthly food needs and to reduce the financial burden associated with pet care.

How does it work?

The Pet Pantry operates on a regular schedule, with designated times and days of the week during which pet owners can show up to pick up for their animals. HRA is not able to provide food to pet owners who arrive outside of these timeframes.

The HRA Pet Pantry is open to any pet owner who is a resident of DC Please bring proof of DC residency the first time you come to pick up food.

Any pet owner who wishes to receive food for their pet through the Pet Pantry will be asked to complete an enrollment form the first time they come to pick up food. After enrolling the first time they show up at the Pet Pantry, pet owners will be given an identification card that must be provided during each subsequent visit.

Food may be picked up once per month for each animal who is enrolled in the program.

Within six months of enrollment, pet owners must show proof of up to date vaccines and spay/neuter for each of their animals. Pet Pantry staff can help any pet owner facilitate vaccination or spay/neuter for their animal, and pet owners are encouraged to inquire about these services when they arrive to pick up food.

How Can I Help?

Your support makes it possible for the Pet Pantry to provide free food to feed up to 900 cats and dogs each month. By making a financial contribution, you provide HRA flexibility to purchase and provide a consistent type and amount of food to animals each month. Please click here to make a donation.

If you're interested in donating pet food to the Pet Pantry, we ask that you contribute unexpired dry food bags of any size. We also except unexpired canned food, treats, and toys.

Food can also be shipped to the Humane Rescue Alliance directly via our Amazon Wishlist.

Humane Rescue Alliance
71 Oglethorpe Street, NW
Washington, DC  20011

Is the Pet Pantry open in the wake of COVID-19?

COVID-19 and its impact on access to resources affects the entire family, including owned animals. We hope that the Pet Pantry helps to alleviate some of the burden felt by families during this difficult time.

The Pet Pantry will distribute food to enrolled clients during the following dates and times this month: 

Thursday, November 4

  •  11:00 a.m.  to 1:00 p.m. at Urban Outreach 
    5343 C St. SE, Washington, DC 20019

Sunday, November 7

  • 9 - 11 a.m. at 1201 New York Ave., NE
  • 2 – 4 p.m. at 15 Oglethorpe St., NW

Tuesday, November 9

  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Frederick Douglass Community Center, 2000 Alabama Ave., SE

Wednesday, November 15

  • 12 – 2 p.m. at Bread for the City, 1640 Good Hope Rd., SE

Friday, November 19

  • 12 – 2 p.m. at Martha's Outfitters, 2204 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE

Sunday, November 21

  • 1 - 3 p.m. at 4225 Connecticutt Ave. NW (Feed the Family)

Hours and Locations of Operation

The Pet Pantry will distribute food to enrolled clients during the following dates and times:

FIrst Sunday of the month:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 1201 New York Ave, NE
  • 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 15 Oglethorpe St, NW


  • 11:00 am  to 1:00 pm at Urban Outreach 
    5343 C St. SE, Washington, DC 20019

Second Tuesday of THE MONTH:

  • 11:00 am  to 1:00 pm at Frederick Douglass Community Center
    2000 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020

Third Friday of The MONTH:

  • 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Martha's Outfitters
    2204 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020

Last Friday of THE month:

  • 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Bread for the City 
    1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020

Please note that, in November and December 2021, the Bread for the City pet pantry will be held on Wednesday, November 24th and Wednesday, December 15th, rather than on the last Friday of the month. In January, the New York Avenue and Oglethorpe pet pantry events will be held on Sunday, January 9th.

The Pet Pantry is also closed any day when the temperature drops below 32 degrees F.

Please be advised that the Pet Pantry no longer operates on the third Sunday of the Month.

Clients who show up outside of these dates and times will not receive pet food and will be asked to return at a designated time to receive support.

DMV Area Pet Food Banks

District of Colombia

Pet Pantry
1201 New York Avenue
Washington, DC 20002
Must be a DC resident


15 Oglethorpe St NW
Washington DC, 20011
Must be a DC resident

Northern Virginia

Animal Welfare League of Arlington
2650 S Arlington Mill Drive
Arlington, VA 22206
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
4101 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304

Ani-Meals Program
Humane Society of Fairfax County
4057 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-385-PETS (7387)

Loudon Pet Pantry
Loudoun County Animal Services
39820 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, VA 20197

Pet Food Pantry
Prince William SPCA
Woodbridge, VA 22195


Pet Food Bank
SPCA of Ann Arundel County
1815 Bay Ridge Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Emergency Pet Food Bank
Frederick County Humane Society
550 Highland Street, STE 200
Frederick, MD 21701

Chompers Pet Food Bank
The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County
12 Park Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Must be a Montgomery County, MD resident

Serving Prince George's County, MD

More Questions?

For more information contact the Humane Rescue Alliance at 202-735-0334 or by email at [email protected] or [email protected].

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