The SPCA is running low on cat food for its pet food pantry

The SPCA in Tompkins County is offering a weekly Saturday morning pet food pantry to help people who have had difficulty feeding their pets over the past year, with a range of dog food, cat food, small mammal food and supplies varying depending on what has been donated by businesses and community members.

Pet food store sign on the edge of a snowy parking lot

The SPCA hosts a pet food pantry on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Submitted photo.

“Dry cat food is the most requested item in our pantry,” the SPCA of Tompkins County said on Wednesday afternoon, “and we want to make sure that all cats in our community have full stomachs, including most feral cats!”

“A couple of months ago, we launched a call for cat food donations. Our wonderful community has donated a generous amount of food, and we hope to get your help again as our stocks dwindle,” the SPCA said. “Having a variety of dry cat foods on hand is good for picky eaters, and we use it at our Saturday pet food pantry to help support our pet-owning neighbors and cat colony caregivers.”

The SPCA hopes that community members will come again, and ship or drop off dry cat food, canned wet cat food or other supplies. If you have a picky eater, you can even bring a bag that was opened and your pet didn’t like it. “Just stick it with duct tape and add the estimated date for when it was opened so we can make sure we use it before it gets old,” they say.

If you purchase from Amazon or SPCA’s Chewy Wish List, their shipping address will be registered. If you order separately or buy from a local store, simply deliver or ship to SPCA in Tompkins County, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Anyone wishing to donate to SPCA directly can make a secure gift online to take up the challenge at by clicking the “Donate Now” graphic, and can mail a check to SPCA at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, New York 14850, or call 607-257-1822. SPCA is not currently open to the public except by appointment.

Community members who need help feeding their pets can visit the pet food pantry any Saturday morning between 10-11 a.m. Simply enter the intake building parking lot (east of the adoption center parking lot), stay in your car, roll under the window, and a member of staff will have what you need.

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