Spike’s Pet Pantry: No Pet Hungry

Spike’s Pet Pantry update for our Reading clients –

Spike’s Pet Pantry is on the move!

The Humane Society of Berks County located at 1801 N. 11th Street, Reading, will be closing for renovations starting November 4, 2019. Spike’s Pet Pantry will be moving to our new Community Resource Center, located at 1350 Schuylkill Ave., Reading, PA 19601. Beginning November 1, 2019, it will be open for distribution of monthly pet food allotments on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 PM – 6 PM (excluding holidays).  If you are unable to access us at this new location at these designated times, please check with your local food bank to see if they offer pet food, as we have started distributing to a variety of food banks throughout the area to help with community pets.

The change in services provided to our Reading clients does not impact our Lancaster clients. The Humane League of Lancaster County will continue to operate its Spike’s Pet Pantry program as normal.

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Spike’s Pet Pantry is a pet food bank program which provides resources, specifically food, and nutrition education for pet owners in need. The ultimate goal is to prevent pet surrender due to food insecurity or temporary hardship.

This program is in alignment with the mission of Humane Pennsylvania to provide accessible resources for families facing pet food insecurity. As opposed to families having to surrender their furry family member due to momentary difficulties, Spike’s Pet Pantry provides proper nutrition for pets to remain in their familiar and loving environments. Karel Minor, President and CEO of Humane Pennsylvania highlights the importance of this program within the community by stating…

“A main reason why pets are surrendered is pet food insecurity. Sadly, animals die because families cannot feed their pets. The Spike’s Pet Pantry program helps ensure pets in our community are happy, healthy, and well-fed at home.”

One of the most effective ways to decrease the number of animals in shelters is to keep them from entering in the first place. When hard times lead good pet owners to make the decision to feed their pet or feed their family, Humane Pennsylvania’s Spike’s Pet Pantry is there to make that decision a little easier.

We partner with community food banks throughout Lancaster and Berks Counties to provide food resources to pet owners in need. Below is a list of our current Spike’s Pet Pantry community partners.

Spike’s Pet Pantry Community Partners

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church
    521 Walnut St, Reading, PA 19601
    Food bank open on the second Thursday of the month
  • Exeter Food Bank- Reformation Lutheran Church
    3670 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606
    Food bank open on the last Friday of every month
  • Solanco Neighborhood Ministries
    355 Buck Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566
    Food bank open on the first Saturday of every month

If you know of an individual or family in need of Spike’s Pet Pantry services in Berks or Lancaster Counties, or if you would like to donate food and supplies to Humane Pennsylvania, contact Tawny Kissinger, Lifesaving Programs Coordinator, at tkissinger@humanepa.org or call either shelter: The Humane Society of Berks County at 610-921-2348, ext. 218 or the Humane League of Lancaster County at 717-393-6551, ext. 240.