Growing Number of Families in Need Turning to Local Pet Charity for Food, Supplies

For financially-challenged pet owners in Lititz and surrounding areas who rely on dog and cat food donations collected by the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County to feed their pets, the half-full donation bin at the Neffsville Veterinary Clinic last night is an indication of lean times.

“It’s usually full,” said a veterinary clinic employee Monday night.

For the non-profit Pet Pantry of Lancaster County, the week before the Extraordinary Give is the leanest time, impacting the growing number of pet owners seeking assistance to keep furry bellies fed.

“We started with 18 families, we’re now up to 301,” said Melody Sanders, founder and director of the charity. “We will not add somebody on until we guarantee we can sustain them.” Pet owners must apply and demonstrate financial need, then agree to not add more pets to their household while receiving assistance.

Anyone can drop off dry or canned food, as well as treats, toys, and other pet items to the bin located in the lobby of Neffsville Veterinary or one of over a dozen other donation stations located in businesses throughout the county, from Atglen to Willow Street. Those wishing to make financial donations to the Pet Pantry may do so through PayPal, without an account. And if you like to shop online, you may select items off the Pet Pantry Amazon Wish List to purchase and ship directly to the charity.

Volunteers from the Pet Pantry collect the donations from local bins and transport them back to the Lancaster headquarters, where dry food is mixed then distributed to the many families who rely on donations to avoid surrendering their beloved pets. Assistance is also available for pets with food allergies.

“My cat needed prescription food, and I was unable to afford the food or a vet visit for a new prescription,” said one county resident. “Pet Pantry provided both.”

In addition to providing free pet food, the organization also offers a low-cost spay and neuter clinic at their state-of-the-art surgical suite, serves as a no-kill shelter accepting a limited number of surrenders, and offers pets for adoption. is partnering with the Pet Pantry of Lancaster to feature photos of cats that are available  for adoption in our Pet Adoption Gallery.

To apply for assistance, or to donate or become a volunteer, visit The Pet Pantry of Lancaster County. They are seeking the following items for donation at the locations listed below.

  • Unopened Dog & Cat Dry/Canned Food
  • Kitty Litter
  • Food & Water Bowls
  • Leashes & Collars
  • Toys
  • Dog and Cat Beds
  • Monetary Donations
  • Gallon Zip Lock Bags (for packaging)
  • Scotch Tape
  • 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets with lids(clean and dry)
  • Dawn Dish Washing Soap
  • Copy Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Gently Used Towels and Blankets
  • Pet Carriers
  • Collapsible Dog Crates
  • Cat Scratching Posts
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags

Pet Pantry Donation Stations:

Neffsville Veterinary Clinic

2555 Lititz Pike,

Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 569-5381


Editor Lynn Rebuck outside the White House on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Editor Lynn Rebuck outside the White House on Saturday, October 3, 2015.