FIDO will be hosting a food drive at Sun King on Friday, October 17 from 3 to 7 p.m.. While you are visiting Sun King for Growler Fill Friday bring along a bag of dry dog or cat food (greatest need of cat food).
FIDO’s pet food pantry is in immediate need of food for our more than 350 pet food pantry clients, those of which include families in financial need who own pets, and community cat care-takers who manage cat colonies in neighborhoods throughout Marion County.
FIDO’s pet food pantry is open every first and third Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and they distribute more than 10,000 pounds of food each month. (Clients can visit the pet food pantry once a month.) Since they are a fully volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization, we obtain the vast majority of our supplies from donations from pet food retailers, large grocery stores and warehouse stores. However, donation frequency and volume is unpredictable, so we also purchase supplies to ensure a continuous supply.
They have never had to close their doors since they launched the FIDO Pet Food Pantry in February 2010. There have been a few times when they have run out of food, but they worked extremely hard to proactively manage their resources and avoid stock-outs. So they need your help to ensure this track record is maintained to support our fellow residents who are in financial need.
In addition to feeding needy Indianapolis dogs and cats, the pet food pantry operation also allows us to help reduce the number of pets that wind up in the wrong hands (like dog fighters and backyard breeders), are surrendered into shelters, or left to roam the streets, and they also increase community awareness of the benefits of proper care and treatment of pets (like spaying and neutering!) and overall responsible pet ownership.
The FIDO Pet Food Pantry is located at 456 N Holmes Avenue, on the near-west side of downtown. We are co-located in the Indy Humane Animal Welfare Center.