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Are you in organization in need of pet food assistance? 

See the below information and apply to become an organizational recipient of our pet food program. 

Individuals seeking pet food assistance can apply for assistance HERE


501c3 Eligibility and Criteria to the GCHS Pet Food Pantry

GCHS accepts applications from:

  • 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.

  • Animal shelters and rescues without active food partnerships.

  • Pet and human food banks and pantries.

GCHS Pet Food Pantry will not approve the following:

  • Feral cat feeders.

  • Animal sanctuaries.  

  • Pure transport groups.

  • Farm or wildlife organizations.

  • Breeders

To be approved to join our Pet Food Pantry, recipients must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Located in Texas.

  2. Must be established for at least one year from the date on your IRS determination letter.

  3. 501c3 must be in good standing and your 990-series forms are published on

  4. Have required state-mandated licenses from the Department of Agriculture.

  5. Provide evidence of adoption programs showing animals available for adoption on the organization's website or adoption sites (e.g., Petfinder, Adopt-A-Pet). GCHS Pet Food Pantry will only use your website or adoption sites (not social media!) to confirm the number of cats and dogs available for adoption. 

  6. Be able to submit at GCHS Pet Food Pantry's request, the last 60 days of medical bills to show proof of intended adoptables or spay /neuter procedures. Clearly identify on your website or adoptions sites what the adoption process is, criteria, and adoption fee, along with a detailed description of what medical services are included in the fee (e.g., spay/neuter, vaccines, microchip).

  7. Must be up-to-date on age appropriate vaccines and spay/neuter all rescued pets prior to adoption, unless it is medically deemed unsafe. 

  8. The organization must have appropriate storage capability that is free from bugs and rodents.

  9. Organizations with more than $250,000 in available funds to purchase food may be considered as Overflow Recipients when there are excess supplies available.

In addition to ensuring every organization meets our criteria, GCHS Pet Food Pantry Evaluation Process also includes:

  • Speaking to the organization's veterinarian to gather information on full-service medical care for all animals, number of animals with records at the clinic, and payment promptness.

  • Conducting a phone interview or visiting the organization's site for further assessment.

  • Reviewing platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc., to verify that the organization maintains a reputable social media presence.

  • Ongoing and periodic checks or site visits to ensure that the organization continues to meet GCHS Pet Food Pantry's standards.

  • Conducting internet searches using the organization's name, key staff names or board members to identify any red flags such as lawsuits, hoarding situations, law enforcement activities, animal-related offenses or negative adoption practices.


501(c)3 Application

This application is for non-profits seeking to participate in our food program.

Pet Food Pantry

This application is for individuals seeking pet food assistance.

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