The Pet Pantry – It’s Here to Help!

By Judy Layne

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you couldn’t afford to buy food for your pet? It’s a heartbreaking thought. But for many people, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a reality they have to face. Pet food is a major cost for many families and it can add up fast. No family should have to make the painful decision to surrender a beloved pet because they can’t afford to feed them temporarily. Thankfully, there’s help out there!

The Nova Scotia SPCA Pet Pantry is designed to keep bellies full, tails wagging and families together. Thanks to a generous grant from our friends at PetSmart Charities® of Canada, the Pet Pantry is a pet food and litter bank to help families in financial crisis. If you are unable to afford pet food or litter and need temporary assistance until you get back on your feet, the SPCA will arrange for a FREE contactless pick-up at the SPCA shelter closest to you. All you need to do is fill out a short form here.

Amanda is one of many Nova Scotians who has been helped by the Pet Pantry. She shared “I’m on disability and sometimes it’s hard to afford food for my pets. I worried about how I would provide food for them during these difficult times.” She continued “I didn’t know about the Pet Pantry until my sister called me and told me about it. As an animal lover, I’m so thankful for the Pet Pantry – it’s helped me in a big, big way.”

While the Pet Pantry provides free food and litter, the greatest gift it offers is help preventing desperate pet parents from having to surrender their sweet fur-babies. Please spread the word about the Pet Pantry – it’s a great way to ensure pet parents in need know there’s help out there. And if you find yourself in an overwhelming situation, please reach out for assistance. The SPCA is always here to help – especially in a time of crisis.



Judy Layne

Judy is a dedicated volunteer with the Nova Scotia SPCA and proud adoptive fur-mama to Gracie. She is committed to speaking for animals who cannot speak for themselves.