Central Iowa Pet Food Pantry

In the summer of 2017, Bailing Out Benji founded the first pet food pantry in Story County, Iowa in order to keep pets with their families when times get tough. Since then, we have been able to keep thousands of pets with their families and out of the animal sheltering system.

Each month our pet food pantry hands out food and other supplies to approximately 200 pets. That number has been steadily increasing each month. 

We hold monthly dispersal events thanks to space donated by Iowa Home Consulting. Information on our upcoming dispersal dates can be found here. The pantry is operated solely by volunteers. 

There is a large need for this type of assistance in Central Iowa. If you are able to help, we have numerous ways that you can donate pet food and other supplies. 

Ways to Donate

* Amazon Wishlist

* Chewy Wishlist

* Monetary Donations

* Physical donations can be dropped off or shipped to Iowa Home Consulting (923 N 4th St. Ames, IA 50010)

Items we are always in need of include: dry dog food, grain-free dry dog food, small dog food, dry cat food, cat food for urinary issues, cat litter, leashes, collars. Items we also hand out include rabbit food and guinea pig food. 

Additional Ways to Help

* Volunteer- We are in need of volunteers each month to help us organize the donations and hand out food at our events. If you are a person or a business that wants to get involved, please reach out to us here

* Pet Food Drive- If your business or organization wants to help us keep our shelves full, we welcome you to host a pet food and supply drive. 


Please follow our efforts on Facebook. You can find us through the Ames Pet Food Pantry Page.