Pet Food Assistance

The Vanderburgh Humane Society provides pet food to needy families who are having a temporarily difficult time feeding their pets on a monthly basis. This helps to ensure that fewer pets in our community suffer from hunger or end up in shelters from a lack of available resources.

Food assistance is offered:

3rd Monday of every month
(closed for major holidays and inclement winter weather)
Starting at 12:00 pm, first-come first-served
Intakes lobby (rear entrance)

NEW: On the following dates, the VHS will be offering FREE vaccines! Each dog in attendance will receive 1 DA2PP vaccine and each cat will receive 1 FVRCP vaccine thanks to Petco Love! To be eligible, pets must be at least 6 weeks old and must not have had either vaccine within the past 30 days.

All cats/kittens must be in individual carriers.

All dogs/puppies must be leashed. (Please note that puppies who have never had a DA2PP should NOT be allowed to walk on the ground. That is an easy way for them to contract parvo. Puppies should be in carriers or held by their owner the entire time.)

Free vaccine dates:

  • Monday, April 18
  • Monday, May 17

  • Families may only receive food assistance once every 12 weeks OR no more than 4 times per year if all pets in the home are not spayed or neutered.
  • Food assistance is never provided for litters of puppies or kittens or to anyone who breeds animals intentionally. If your dog or cat has a litter, we can assist you in bringing them to the shelter to be adopted.
  • Owners must provide a valid photo ID.
  • Only one (1) individual from every household/address may receive assistance, and the individual must be at least 18 years old.
  • Owners may not request specific types or brands of food. All food is donated. Please be aware that a sudden change in food may upset your pet’s stomach. VHS staff & volunteers are not responsible for this.
  • Food is distributed on a first-come first-served basis. Cat food in particular runs out very quickly. Lines typically form around 11:00 – 11:30 am on food assistance days.

By accepting supplies, you are agreeing with the above rules and terms for assistance

Food assistance is not offered anytime other than the days & hours listed above.

VHS volunteers and staff reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. Our decisions are final.

The public can donate any brand of dry dog or cat food for the Pet Food Assistance program Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm in our front lobby!