• We the Dogs

Are You a Furloughed Pet Pawrent?

With three of the five founders of We the Dogs DC being government employees, the current government shutdown hits very close to home. As 800,000 federal workers and many thousands of federal contractors are facing their second missed paycheck with no end in sight, many people across the country are looking for ways to continue feeding their families. Pets are often key parts of these families and caring for them can become expensive.

We’ve scoured the internet and put together a list of places all over the US where furloughed pet owners can find assistance. If you are not impacted by the shutdown, please consider reaching out to your local animal shelter or pet food pantry to make a food donation.

If you know of an organization or business that is helping others during the shutdown that is not included on this list, please share by reaching out to us at info@wethedogsdc.org with their information so it can be included. We want to make sure that this is a helpful resource to impacted pet owners so that they can find the support they need in their local area.

Washington, DC Area

Kriser’s Natural Pet


If you live in the DC area, you can show your government employee ID at a Kriser’s location and receive a free bag of pet food.

Bark! Pawsitive Petfood


Show your government employee ID at any of the 8 locations around Maryland, and you will receive a free bag of food.

World Central Kitchen


World Central Kitchen, where furloughed workers cab receive a free hot meal, has team up with multiple partners to open a Resource Center for Federal Employees. The International Fund for Animal Welfare has partnered to enable furloughed workers to receive pet food from the center.

Friendship Hospital for Animals

4105 Brandywine Street, NW Washington, DC 20016



While the government is shutdown, emergency exam feeds are waived for furloughed employees. Also, a deferred/extended payment plan is being offered to impacted pet owners.

The Dog Park

705 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


With a government or contractor employee ID, furloughed workers can receive 20% off all dog and cat food.

DC Pet Pantry


The Pet Pantry operated by the Humane Rescue Alliance supports DC residents by providing free pet food to those in need. The pet pantry operates on a regular schedule posted on the website and is open to any pet owners residing in DC.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington

2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, VA 22206


The Pet Food Pantry is open to all Arlington County/Fall Church City residents with a government employee ID. Food donations to the pantry can also be dropped off to support the community.

Baltimore Humane Society

1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136


Furloughed employees with a federal ID can receive free food while supplies last at the Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank located in Reisterstown.

SPCA of Anne Arundel County

1815 Bay Ridge Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403


The SPCA location in Annapolis has a food bank program available to Maryland residents.

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County

12 Park Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877


The AWL’s Chompers Pet Food Bank has supplies for dogs and cats. Montgomery County resident must pre-register to access the food bank.

Humane Society of Fairfax County

4057 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030


Furloughed residents in Fairfax County can join the Ani Meals program to receive pet food during the shutdown.

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304


The Animal Welfare League is offering free pet food and basic necessities to furloughed federal workers. Donations of food and supplies can also be made to support the community’s need.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals


Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is offering free emergency veterinary care to all Transportation Security Administration and government service animals in over 10 states. Owner are required to provide a valid government ID. To find a location visit the Compassion First website.


Cody’s Friends Charity


Free pet food will be available January 26th from 10 am to 2 pm at tow locations in the Tucson area. Impacted federal employees can attend the events at: Cody’s Friend’s Charity (4702 N. Flowing Wells Road) or Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter (5278 E. 21st Street)


Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA)

103 S. Hughes Ave, Fresno, CA 93706


Furloughed employees can receive free dog and cat food while supplies last starting January 23rd at the CCSPCA Gift Store.