Humane Society of Catawba County
Pet Food Pantry

Humane Society of Catawba County’s (HSCC) Pet Food Pantry is to help people and their families who are unable to feed their pets.

One in four pet owners who surrender their pets to a shelter say it is because they cannot afford to care for them. By providing temporary food assistance, the pets stay in a loving home. Many people will feed their pets before they feed themselves or feed their pets scraps from the table, which can cause serious health concerns for the pet. Our goal is to provide supplemental pet food support for pet owners. (Please note we will not provide food to those feeding feral cat colonies.)

HSCC will provide free pet food for 3 months or less from time of request. To continue using the Pet Food Pantry for longer than 3 months, all pets belonging to the client must be spayed or neutered and current on their rabies vaccinations. HSCC may provide assistance with spay/neuter and vaccines, tests, etc. upon request. Assistance will be on a case by case basis. HSCC does not provide any medical assistance for a client’s pet other than essential spay/neuter, vaccines, and tests.

HSCC reserves the right to remove clients from the program at their discretion.

NOTE: HSCC’s Food Pantry relies on support from the community to help collect food to support their mission. Sponsoring a food drive can be easy, fun, and rewarding. Encourage friends, family, businesses, churches, or schools to get involved and participate.

Humane Society of Catawba County’s Pet Food Pantry Instructions.

  • HSCC’s Pet Food Pantry will operate the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Approved Applicants ONLY.
  • If you have not already completed a Pantry application, please complete the ONLINE FORM. You will be subscribed to the email reminder list.
  • To request food for your pet, please email diedre@catawbahumane.org, prior to 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the scheduled Pantry date. You will be required to email the following information. (An ID will be required at the initial application.)
    • Your Name and contact telephone number
    • Any special dietary restrictions for your pet. We cannot guarantee specific food brands but will try to provide an appropriate food. Since the majority of our food is donated HSCC cannot guarantee availability of particular brands.
    • Your pets age, and for dogs, their specific breed or if they are small, medium, or large dogs.
    • Clients will then receive an email confirmation for the Monday pantry date.
    • Please bring an ID with you at pick up.
  • ONLY ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD MAY APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE AND ONLY ONE PICKUP IS ALLOWED PER MONTH.

Pick up Hours are between 12:00 p.m. (Noon) and 2:00 p.m. from the HSCC Shelter located at 3224 20th Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602.

Since there are no assigned appointment times, it is important that clients are vigilant and practice COVID-19 Safety precautions. ALL CLIENTS MUST WEAR A MASK and maintain appropriate social distancing protocols (6-foot distancing).



















  • Pet Name Dog or Cat Male or Female Altered or Intact Rabies vaccination current (Yes or No) Date Due Approximate Weight  
    Please type your answers in the corresponding boxes and press the plus button on the right to add additional pets
  • *Please note that to continue using the HSCC Pet Food Pantry program for longer than 3 months, all household pets must be fixed and current on their rabies vaccination within that 3-month period. HSCC will provide assistance with spay/neuter and vaccines on request. Assistance will be provided on case-by-case basis. HSCC reserves the right to remove clients from the Pet Food Pantry Program at their discretion.
  • I agree that the above information is correct at the time of application. I understand that I can change any of the information as needed. I understand that to continue using the HSCC Pet Food Pantry program for longer than 3 months from time of application, ALL my pets must be fixed (or appointment for surgery has been scheduled), and current on their rabies vaccinations.