Arizona Pet Pantry

Welcome to Arizona Pet Pantry

At Arizona Pet Pantry, we believe that animals are an invaluable source of love and companionship for many seniors—and seniors can be ideal, responsible caretakers for their beloved animals when given adequate support. Unfortunately, life events can sometimes leave seniors temporarily unable to care for their pets thoroughly. The reasons are varied and can include economic hardship, a health crisis, or a change in living situation. But the end result is the same: the older person is left feeling helpless, not wanting to relinquish a beloved pet or pets to a shelter, and not aware of any other options.

This is where we step in. We are not a food bank. We offer a helping hand to seniors 62 years and older who need that individualized approach. The Arizona Pet Pantry was started in 2015 to help limited- resource seniors in the Pima County area provide for the needs of their companion animals. While our mission is “to help seniors keep their pets at home and to assist seniors with spaying and neutering of feral cats,” the scope of services that Arizona Pet Pantry offers is ever evolving and diversifying to contribute to the welfare of both seniors and their companion animals.

Because we know each person’s situation, each companion animal, and each relationship between them is unique, we take a multi-pronged, individualized approach with everyone who seeks our help. Beginning with a comprehensive advising/intake session, we work with seniors on a personalized assistance plan that may include any of the following and more: home visits, pet food delivery, funding for vaccinations, referrals to partner spay/neuter clinics and other organizations, etc. In short, we make every effort to support older pet guardians so that they won’t have to choose between taking care of themselves and taking care of their pet—not to mention surrendering the latter to a shelter. With our distinctive approach to personalized support, Arizona Pet Pantry endeavors to keep companion animals in their loving homes.

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DONATIONS

Donations keep our non-profit moving forward:

 

  • 70.80% – Pet Care & Services

  • 19.0% – Fund Raising and Marketing

  • 10.20% – Admin & Office Expenses

  • 0% – Wages & Salaries

Testimonials

Read these heartwarming testimonials from people we have helped.

The Story of Two Best Friends

A story of Friendship because we had been each other’s best friend since grade school. A few years ago (2017) my best friend Linda called Arizona Pet Pantry to help me with my cats. I was having a hard time feeding them with very little money at the end of the month. There was so much more wrong in my life than not having enough money to feed my cats.

It took some convincing, but my best friend and I sat down with Arizona Pet Pantry and made a list of things that could improve my life and my cats lives going forward. I had a sliding glass door that didn’t close all the way and I had feral cats that had I had been feeding coming into my house and made my rugs a disaster. There was no way I could afford a new door or rugs.

Arizona Pet Pantry and some volunteers found a way to fix the wheels on the sliding glass door and help to strip out my carpet leaving the old vinyl tiles that were still on the floor. Arizona Pet Pantry helped with all the spaying and neutering of the feral cats that I was feeding in my back yard. That was the beginning of getting my life back, but I was still depressed because at the end of the month I still had money issues. After getting the house in order and feeling safe that I could lock my door I was able to work with my best friend and recommendations of other nonprofits that could help me get my financial situation under control. I can’t thank my best friend enough for standing by me when I didn’t even like myself.

Thank you to Arizona Pet Pantry for staying with us and helping us to the end. I know it took a long time, but it changed my life.

Update: 2022

In 2020 my best friend passed away.

Linda W. Tucson, Arizona

Arizona Pet Pantry took the stress away

I am grateful to Arizona Pet Pantry for coming to my rescue. I moved into a low-cost senior community with my cat and one dog. What I didn’t realize is that I had to pay a large pet deposit that I thought I could handle. I soon learned that I couldn’t afford the cost of my medications and the pet food in the same month. I could reach out to local nonprofits that had a food pantry once a month but, the problem was that I had a very finicky cat that if she wasn’t eating the same food every day she would walk away from the bowl or throw up if I gave her something different.

Then a friend told me about Arizona Pet Pantry and how they work with peoples individual needs. Arizona Pet Pantry came over and we talked how I could resolve my issue to get me back to where I could be ok. We figured out that in 3 months I should be able to get on my feet again. So for 3 months they provided me with the same food as I was always feeding and made it possible to have money for my medication also.

Arizona Pet Pantry took the stress away and made it easy to get back on my feet. Thank you again.

Joann M. Tucson, Arizona

Thank you for all you have done

I found Arizona Pet Pantry through a friend of mind when I was looking for help with another dog, I had to have surgery for his eye. Without going into painful details, he didn’t survive.

I was devastated and as time went on months down the road, I got a call from Arizona Pet Pantry. They asked how I was and asked if I would be willing to give another dog a home. I was unsure but, told them that I was open to meeting this dog. It was a lot like the dog I lost. They found me my little Baby that’s what I call her. I wouldn’t trade her for anything. I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. Baby is the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see when I close my eyes.

Before Arizona Pet Pantry would let me keep her, they and another nonprofit called Spay and Neuter Solutions made sure she was spayed and was given her shots. Not only that but, they gave me food and toys to get me started.

Big thank you Sherry and Arizona Pet Pantry and Spay and Neuter Solutions for Baby. Thank you for all you have done. 

Charles W. Tucson, Arizona

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Our Mission

Arizona Pet Pantry’s mission is to help seniors keep their pets at home and to assist our seniors with spaying and neutering of feral cats.

Arizona Pet Pantry Programs

Programs for Seniors

Arizona Pet Pantry works with seniors, to provide food for pets on a short-term basis.  If it is determined that there are additional needs for your pet(s), we will refer you to other organizations or agencies for further assistance.

To get started, please fill out the attached application and a representative from Arizona Pet Pantry will contact you within 72 hours.  At that time, we will set up a home visit during which we will discuss all of your needs and see how we can help. Proof of spaying and neutering and current vaccinations will be required. If this is not the case, we will refer you to organizations that can assist with this.

Programs with our local Agencies

Arizona Pet Pantry is partnering with other local agencies and organizations that have the ability to mentor, counsel and assist people in their time of need.  Our goal is to be an important resource for seniors helping them to keep their pet(s) in their home.

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The Arizona Gives program is run by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum.

The event was started in 2013 to connect people with causes they believe in and build a lasting, stronger spirit of philanthropy.

Since its inception, Arizona Gives Day has raised nearly $30 million for nonprofits statewide.

We’ve published our new book!

‘Senior Tails” is a collection of stories shared by seniors about their beloved animals. Some stories will make you laugh while others may make you cry, but they will all tug at your heartstrings!! Profits from this book will benefit the Arizona Pet Pantry, a non-profit corporation whose goal is to keep pets in their loving homes by providing a bridge to assistance through community resources.

FRYS COMMUNITY REWARDS

The Kroger Family of Companies is committed to community engagement. One of the ways in which we do this is through our Fry’s Community Rewards program. This program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Fry’s and swipe your Shopper’s Card.

Use Community Rewards Program #41331

ARIZONA GIVES

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The Arizona Gives program is run by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum. The event was started in 2013 to connect people with causes they believe in and build a lasting, stronger spirit of philanthropy. Since its inception, Arizona Gives Day has raised nearly $30 million for nonprofits statewide.

SENIOR TAILS BOOK

We’re excited to announce the publication of our new book!

‘Senior Tails” is a collection of stories shared by seniors about their beloved animals. Some stories will make you laugh while others may make you cry, but they will all tug at your heartstrings!! Profits from this book will benefit the Arizona Pet Pantry, a non-profit corporation whose goal is to keep pets in their loving homes by providing a bridge to assistance through community resources.

We’re Looking for People to Partner with Us!

Thank you for your interest in partnering with Arizona Pet Pantry. We believe in the strength of community, in partnerships, in building bridges and relationships that help us help one another when times are hard.

We believe that by truly being there for friends, neighbors, and co-workers in times of need we can collectively make a huge, life saving difference, keeping families intact, including the four-legged, finned and feathered members of the family.

You can be the difference that helps companion animals remain in their loving homes instead of being relinquished to shelters because of economic hardship.

Finally, we believe that nothing is impossible when we work together. We hope that you will be part of our mission and support the work of the Arizona Pet Pantry.

Meet Our Board

Sherry Bouvet

Sherry Bouvet

President/Founder

Pets are an invaluable source of love and companionship for many seniors. When health matters, financial problems, or other of life’s challenges get in the way, Arizona Pet Pantry is there to protect this important emotional bond. By offering supportive services for seniors and their beloved pets, Arizona Pet Pantry helps ‘bridge the gap’ to keep families together until the temporary hardships can be overcome.

– Sherry Bouvet, Founder.

Nicole Kime

Nicole Kime

Vice President

Arizona Pet Pantry means that Arizona families will have a much needed resource to keep families together in times of need. 

Patti Swanson

Patti Swanson

Secretary

Seniors will be relieved to know they don’t have to give up their beloved pet while navigating through a temporary hardship. Arizona Pet Pantry will be there every step of the way supporting the health and needs of their beloved pet.

Barbara Beal

Barbara Beal

Nutritional Director / Treasurer

Animals bring so much joy. As Arizona Pet Pantry our goal is to keep that joy in peoples lives.

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Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

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