Humane Society Program Offers Assistance for Low-Income Pet Owners

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The Marin Humane Society has organized a Summer Pet Food Drive to accommodate a significant increase in demand for pet food from low-income pet guardians. Donations from the public will be used to deliver much-needed supplies to the Humane Society’s 216 SHARE (Special Human-Animal Relationships) clients and provide support to other pet guardians in need. Donations may be delivered to the Marin Humane Society (171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato). Financial contributions (earmarked “SHARE Food Program”) can be mailed or delivered to the MHS Development Department or made online at

“Requests for pet food and supplies continue to come into the SHARE office daily,” says Annie Humphrey, SHARE program coordinator. “With the public’s help, we can make the summer season a little brighter for hundreds of Marin’s less fortunate pets and their guardians. It becomes one less thing to worry about knowing that your companion animal’s needs can be met.”

Program coordinators report a healthy stock of canned food, but of particular need are SMALL bags of dry dog and cat food (small bags are easier for senior clients to handle). Financial contributions are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional pet supplies.

The Marin Humane Society’s SHARE program provides a lifeline for low-income pet guardians in times of need. Ongoing assistance is offered in the form of pet food, veterinary care, home visits, and emergency boarding for pets in the event of hospitalization of the client. A healthy supply of pet food donations also enables the Society to provide one-time assistance for other pet guardians in need and to coordinate with local human needs organizations to distribute pet food and supplies to their clients.

Visit for more information or watch a video about the MHS SHARE program online.

5 thoughts on “Humane Society Program Offers Assistance for Low-Income Pet Owners”

  1. How wonderful this is and what a contrast with the mis-named “humane society” in my area. The local shelter (not government run) is a high kill shelter, discontinued its needy-pet-food program, makes someone wait for up to ten weeks to surrender a pet even in the owner’s most dire circumstances, and perhaps worst of all (this happened to me) despite their website offering euthanasia services for incurably sick pets the intake officer accused me of trying to get a “free convenience euthanasia” of my 16 year old dog with end stage renal failure – my regular vet wanted to charge me over $200 and I had just lost my job due to the boss retiring and closing shop.

    Moreover, instead of a public outreach well designed to gain loving permanent homes for these dogs, cats and some of the small pets like bunnies they take in, this shelter sends to the local TV news for shelter pet adoption news feature their “presenters” with not only ungroomed and ill-behaved pets – usually due to fear issues – but sometimes even pets who are clearly sick – one dog had kennel cough, and another had what looked like some patches of mange. And the presenters themselves often come on camera in poorly groomed condition themselves – greasy hair, dreds, tats, massive amounts of pokes, slovenly clothing revealing dirty bodies – all in all not a strategy which is going to lead to a good amount of pet adoption! This is not a poor economic area so there isn’t much excuse for this kind of thing. It is not like this shelter is underfunded either if the glowing reports of donations and successful fundraisers written up on their website are any indication. It’s just badly managed with uncaring and possibly overpaid managers (probably the staff is underpaid!), and it is the animals who are suffering.

  2. I and my husband who is a senior, I’m disabled, signed up for help with the SHARE program. I received some help at first with some canned dog food and some Advantix for my dogs (one time), but I received no help from then on and we waited for an especially long time for some things I needed like chew bones and stairs for my two dogs to climb up and our needs were never met. We had missed two appointments to bring our dogs in to be spayed and neutered. We were eventually kicked out of the program entirely for failing to get them in to be spayed & neutered, however the wait period is very long so it is virtually impossible for a person who has trouble scheduling appointments to keep them when they’re schedule so far (many months) in advance. They offered to provide transportation one time to bring my dogs to their appointments but then they did a no show and our dogs ultimately were the ones who suffered because of it. They either need help from the public or they’re just not a very good service period. Either way, both my mom who is also a senior and I had bad experiences with them, didn’t receive much help, and their SHARE program is much too difficult for seniors and especially disabled people to adhere to.


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