Pet Leadership Council

Giving Network

Giving Network Action Alert

COVID-19 Pandemic is responding to requests from shelters and local government animal organizations regarding their preparation and response needs for the COVID-19 pandemic. Critical food and supplies are required throughout the country to ensure these items are available in affected areas. Animal welfare professionals are encouraging pet retention and fostering in these uncertain times as many families face the loss of income and shelters are seeing an increase in surrendered and at-risk animals. disaster response staff are serving an essential logistical support role through the sourcing and distribution of common products requested (see list below). In cooperation with our national partners, is reporting or filling unmet needs. At this time, is requesting the assistance of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) to provide these vital, life-saving supplies that are desperately required to keep people and pets together, or animals out of shelters as we head into kitten and puppy season.

We ask your Association and partners to understand that we are filling direct, critical requests and can only receive items that are identified below due to limitations in warehouse space, shipping availability, etc. We cannot accept unsolicited offers to donate items not listed below. Note, that some funding for shipping may be available. Do not hesitate to let us know if you will require funding for shipping costs to be able to offer the critical support requested and we will review on a case by case basis. Thank you, in advance, for your attention and consideration.

For additional information about logistics coordination, please contact Melissa Vecera at

Supplies in Critical Demand

  • General
    • Litter boxes (disposable)
    • Litter pans & scoops
    • Litter
    • Automatic cat feeders
    • Cat food (dry & wet)
    • Dog food (dry & wet)
    • Bird food
    • Reptile food
    • Small animal feed
    • Equine feed (pelleted)
    • Wire crates (medium to large)
    • High value enrichment dog toys (e.g., puzzle boxes, kongs, etc.)
    • Collars (medium to large, martingale, no buckles)
    • Leashes

Helping Pets in Need

The Pet Leadership Council Giving Network is a collaboration between the Pet Leadership Council and‘s RescueBank to connect pet care companies with companion animals in need of supplies and other resources. It provides a fast and effective way to mobilize the pet industry to respond to crises and to ensure that pets in need receive the care they deserve.

Giving Network

How It Works

Companies Volunteer Supplies

Organizations register to become Giving Network partners. Giving Network partners will receive periodic updates from the Giving Network, including action alerts about pets in need.

Partners can submit donation offers via the Giving Network dashboard. Submitted donation offers are reviewed by a member of the Giving Network team to attempt to find a suitable recipient.

RescueBank Facilitates Logistics

Once a suitable donation/recipient match has been found, RescueBank will coordinate the pickup and transport of supplies from the location specified by the donor to a regional distribution center operated by a RescueBank affiliate.

Animals in Need Receive Supplies

After the donation has been delivered to a regional distribution center of RescueBank affiliate, pre-qualified not-for-profit organizations in the area are notified. These organizations pay a small, weight-based handling fee to pick up the supplies. This fee is waived for law enforcement and disaster-related activity.

Realtime Response

Disasters often strike quickly and without notice. For the animals and humans affected, every moment counts.

That’s why the Pet Leadership Council’s Giving Network was designed to react to crises immediately. As soon as disaster strikes, details about the event are sent out to all members of the Giving Network. Members in a position to provide supplies or other forms of assistance can report what they have. From there, RescueBank works with entities in the affected region to coordinate the delivery of resources to those who need it the most. 

Ready to Help?

The resources provided by your organization can make all the difference for animals in need. To get started today, sign up or log in below.

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