Supporting Families

At Animal Friends, we know that pets are valued members of the family. We also recognize that many families in our region suffer from food insecurity, and if people are hungry, so are their pets.

Our Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank helps families keep their four-legged family members healthy in their homes by providing them with pet food.
Each month, Chow Wagon distributes more than 12,000 pounds of pet food to financially struggling families through local food pantries, Meals on Wheels programs, and social service agencies.

If you are an individual in need of assistance, please click here to complete an application.

Please contact our Pet Retention Coordinator, Alex Stelitano with any questions.
AStelitano@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org | 412.536.3898

Community Resource Sharing

We know that there are many local organizations working on behalf of people and pets in our community, so we want to partner with you to share our resources and help as many families as possible! By joining our Chow Wagon Partner Network, you can be eligible to receive donations of pet food and supplies to distribute directly to pet owners in need.

If you work with an animal or human-serving organization in the Greater Pittsburgh area that is interested in receiving pet food through our Chow Wagon Partner Network, please click here to complete an application.

Please contact our Community Resource Coordinator, Liz Moser with any questions.
EMoser@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org | 412.536.3885

How to Help

Our Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank provides pet food to hundreds of financially struggling families each month. But, we can’t continue serving our community without your help! Chow Wagon runs entirely on donations from the community and the need for support exceeds the resources that are available. There are many ways you can contribute to our Chow Wagon and support local families in need:

  • Drop off unopened bags or cans of pet food, treats, litter or other supplies in the lobby of our Resource Center.
  • Order items from our Amazon Wish List or Chewy.com Wish List – they’ll be delivered right to our door.
  • Make a monetary donation to benefit Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank.

Host a Food & Supply Drive

Food & Supply Drives are a great way to help Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon increase the supply of food and resources to pets in need. If you have questions before you start the process or need any supplies (boxes, flyers), contact Liz Moser at 412.536.3885 or emoser@thinkingoutsidethecage.org.

Please sign up below to schedule a donation drop-off date and time.