Getting Help

The Ottawa Paw Pantry is a temporary pet food assistance program run entirely by volunteers aimed at providing help through difficult economic times. On some occasions, families with special circumstances may be considered. These special circumstances may be: recent job loss, major illness in the family or unexpected major bills.

We encourage you to read the “Help for Individuals” page to find out how to qualify. The process includes an applications form, and a phone call. We have the utmost respect for your privacy and promise not to disclose any personal information without your explicit written consent.

At this time, we are only able to support the Ottawa area.

While we cannot guarantee that you will receive a specific food, we will do our best to meet medical dietary requirements. If you have a vet prescription for a specific food, we may ask you to provide us with a copy.


The Ottawa Paw Pantry relies entirely on donations to operate. We are always looking to grow our pantry and would be happy to accept donations. Please visit our “Give Back” page to find out more about both food and monetary donations.
Most of our donations are generously donated by the public, but we also work with brand distributors to acquire some of our supply. To partner with us please visit the Give Back page on our site.

Visit our drop off locations page to find a place nearby. We also collect food at events and have food drives throughout the year so visit our “events and fundraisers” page to find out when you can donate items in person.

If you would like to host your own food or bottle drive, visit our “Give Back” page for details. Contact us at to let us know about the details of your drive. We can make arrangements for someone to pick-up the donations from you if needed.

Yes! In 2018, we received charitable status and can issue tax receipts. You can donate here or visit us on and you will get a tax receipt. Please note that tax receipts are only issued for monetary donations of $20 or more.