Most organizations, including Ruff Start, would prefer if your pet stays with you versus surrendering – especially if the main difficulty you are facing is providing basic care like food for your animal. If you have fallen on hard times and are having trouble acquiring food for your furry friend(s), please utilize the resources below.

Local Pet-Specific Food Shelves

Pets & People Together – Minneapolis, MN

  • For Minneapolis residents as well as the homeless and/or those who are without a permanent address.
  • Those who live outside of the city of Minneapolis are provided assistance once per year.

North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center – Minneapolis, MN

Feeding Furry Friends – Maple Grove, MN

  • Distributes pet food and supplies to rescue groups, animal shelters, and food shelves.

Other Places to Check

  • Your local food shelf! Many local food shelves will offer pet food when it is supplied to them. If your local food shelves find out there is a need, they may be able to acquire supplies to help you and families like yours.
  • Your local humane societies and rescues! Many humane societies and rescues will gladly part with excess pet food if they know members of their community need it.
    • Ruff Start Rescue is happy to have the ability to donate excess pet food to community members in need. While we make routine donations to local food shelves like Princeton Pantry in Princeton, MN or CAER Food Shelf in Elk River, MN, we are happy to help if you feel you are in need. Please reach out to us at for more information.
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