Pet Food Bank
How It Works. How To Attend. How To Help
How It Works: We provide a pet food parcel to cat and dog owners who may be struggling financially (this could be anyone!) Our pet food parcels include a small amount of wet and dry food to help them get through the week. By providing pet food to owners who may be struggling, we are helping to reduce the amount of animals being signed over to rescue centres, meaning we can prioritise spaces for animals escaping abuse. Many owners who attend our pet food bank have had their animals for several years, taking great care of them and loving them dearly, with the recent cost of living crisis, we understand times are hard, resulting in an influx of animals being surrendered or dumped. Our aim is to support these animals externally, reducing the strain on our services. Our food bank fund is separate from our main fund for Ashford Garden Cattery. It is funded by the local council and also by donations of food given directly to the pet food bank either from members of public or businesses.
How To Attend: Our on site Pet Food Bank runs every day between 11am and 3pm at Ashford Garden Cattery, with our Pop-Up Pet Food Bank currenty based at Charing Parish Hall every Wednesday between 10am and 12pm. You can collect your pet food parcels once a week from the site closest to you. We provide food for cats and dogs, but may occasionally have other items such as hamster/rabbit food, however we can't guarantee this will be available, so please call ahead. You will need to be in our district to qualify to receive pet food from us. If you are from another district, you will need to seek assistance from services in your local area. Each parcel contains enough food for around 4 days including a small bag of mixed dry food (you may still need to purchase pet food elsewhere), brands may vary as this depends on what is donated, we are therefore unable to provide specialist foods or certain brands. We sometimes have cat litter and treats available if you ask. We cannot support the adoption or purchasing of any new pets during the time you attend our pet food bank. We do not suggest taking on any more animals if you are struggling to afford your current pets, so will be unable to provide food for these animals. In order to be fair, and ensure that we help as many people as possible, we are unable to provide excessive amounts of food to homes with multiple pets, we will only be able to provide for 3 cats or dogs per home. To find a pet food bank outside of the Ashford & Tenterden District, please click below to see where your closest pet food bank is located and read more information...
How To Help: We happily accept any donations of pet food to our food bank, these can be donated to Ashford Garden Cattery. We currently have a pet food donation box in Bare Bazaar at Park Mall where you can also donate to our food bank. Start up a pet food bank collection in your workplace or schools, just pop us an email to see how! You can also donate money directly to out Pet Food Bank Fund, this can be in one of our orange food bank donation tins or to our door, clearly labelled for our Pet Food Bank.
We kindly thank everyone who regularly donates to our Pet Food Bank, providing vital food to animals in need.