Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why do we need this program?

A: Across the country, many people are struggling with financial insecurity. Unfortunately, many people feel they are unable to provide for their animals and surrender them to a shelter. Most of the time, these situations are temporary and we created the animal food pantry to keep animals in their loving homes while their humans get back on their feet.

Q: Do I need to provide any proof to qualify?

A: Nope! We don’t ask questions. We operate on the honor system and if you are asking for help, we believe you.

Q: Do you have a physical location?

A: No, but we will pick up donations from you and deliver donations to families who request them!

Q: Where can I donate food?

A: You have a few options! Schedule a pickup: donation pickup form

Q: Can I donate opened or expired food?

A: Unfortunately, we can only accept unopened and unexpired food.

Q: Do I need to live in Somerville, MA to receive assistance?

A: At this time, yes. We will be expanding in the future, stay tuned!

Q: Do you only accept food donations?

A: No, we accept any items that a family may need. This includes: crates, flea/tick medication, animal shampoo, baby gates, collars / leashes, cat carriers, etc. If you’re not sure if it’s something we could use, feel free to email us at hello@rescueallies.com

Q: Are you a 501(c)(3)?

A: Yes! We are a program created under the 501(c)(3) Rescue Allies Inc.

Q: Are you affiliated with the Somerville Food Pantry?

A: Nope! We are a separate entity, we have no crossover.

Q: Do you have plans to expand?

A: We plan to address the other main reasons people surrender their animals (vet care, housing, training) in the near future. Stay tuned!

Q: Are there other local services?

A: Yes! Here is a list of other local services you may find useful

Discounted vet clinic


Wilmington Animal Food Pantry