At Seattle Humane, we recognize when pet owners are experiencing displacement or housing insecurity, their pets are affected in many ways as well. A variety of pet needs arise, both large and small. We are happy to offer support in diverse ways to keep your family together.
Pet Food Bank and Supplies
Seattle Humane’s Pet Food Bank collects and distributes pet food donations for pets belonging to low-income families or pet owners experiencing hardship. The program feeds 2,000 pets every month with eight tons of donated pet food delivered by volunteers to low-income senior housing complexes and food banks throughout the region. The following items are available:
Flea/tick prevention (as donated)
Search the map below to find a pet food bank in your area.
Pet owners may apply for monthly pet food or one-time emergency assistance for 30 days’ worth of supplies. In order to apply, please click on the request form button below. Questions? Please feel free to contact us by phone at (425) 649-7566 or email us at
Please Note: Our Pet Food Bank receives the majority of our supplies through generous donations from our community. We strive to provide both wet and dry food, and litter, while supplies last. Please let us know if your pet has specific dietary needs and we will do our best to accommodate.
Submit Request Form
If you are in need of veterinary care and are low-income, facing housing insecurity or other urgent issues with a pet, then please contact us at
or (425) 649-7561. [email protected]
Pet Deposit Fees and Pet Rent
If you are currently facing barriers in accessing housing due to a pet deposit fee or pet rent, then please contact us at
or (425) 649-7561. [email protected]
Finding Temporary Foster Care
With an estimated 50,000 households at risk for eviction in King County and the current economic crisis, more people are contacting Seattle Humane to request help with temporary care for their pets. We anticipate that this trend will continue and we want to help.
Seeking temporary foster care placement through your social networks, friends, family and neighbors can often provide an immediate solution for pet owners. It is our first suggestion when considering options for temporary care. We encourage pet owners to post online in their social networks when seeking temporary care options. Facebook neighborhood groups, the Nextdoor app, and local blog sites can be great places to start. A cute photo of your pet, information about their personality, and clear expectations on what is needed will go a long way. Seattle Humane is happy to provide supplies to friends, neighbors or family members to use while caring for your pet.
911fosterpets is a national temporary foster site for pet owners to utilize who seek temporary foster care, or for community members interested in fostering for a neighbor. Check out this
temporary guardian contract to organize your arrangements.
SPOT (Supporting Pet Owners in Transition) Program
The SPOT program uses Seattle Humane’s existing foster network to house pets for owners who need temporary care due to housing insecurity, hospitalization or other personal crisis.
This program is for owners whose only other option for care would be shelter surrender. Instead of taking in the animal and finding a new home, Seattle Humane foster families will care for these loved pets for up to 90 days and then reunite them with their owners.
If you need assistance or would like to learn more, please contact our Pet Resource Center at (425) 649-7561 or
Pet Project - Helping Clients with HIV/AIDS and Cancer
Pet Project, an offshoot of the Pet Food Bank, provides services to more than 200 pets belonging to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Pet Project matches volunteers one-on-one with clients to help them with their basic pet care needs on a monthly basis and enable clients to keep their pets. All services and supplies are donated or purchased with donated funds. Pet Project includes free services:
Pet food and cat litter delivery
Pet items such as beds, scratching posts
Basic veterinary care at our quarterly clinics
Pet care information
Low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS or cancer should call (425) 649-7566 to be considered for Pet Project services. Organizations that support people living with HIV/AIDS or cancer may also contact us if interested in collaborative efforts or partnerships.
Pets for Life
Pets for Life (PFL) is a program model started by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to help address the lack of access to pet resources experienced by families living in underserved communities.
Pets for Life programs can be found in over 50 cities nationwide. Although independent from each other, all PFL programs utilize door-to-door outreach to build 1:1 relationships and a consistent community presence. This approach reaches community members who often have the least amount of access to information and services.
The Pets for Life program at Seattle Humane serves people and animals in Seattle’s 98108 zip code and provides free spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, pet supplies and other pet care resources.
If you live in the 98108 zip code and would like more information, please contact Chris at