December 17, 2020

Struggling to Pay for Pet Food? Get Help in the Orlando Area

By haziqbinarif


TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Investigators are trying to find two women who abandoned a pair of pups at the SPCA of Brevard in Titusville.


What You Need To Know

  • 2 senior-aged, male chihuahuas were left at SPCA of Brevard
  • The women returned Wednesday after seeing the story, signed the dogs over
  • Shelter says there is a system in place to leave pets at the shelter legally

The senior-aged, male chihuahuas were left inside the back gate of the non-profit’s clinic on State Road 50 late Monday afternoon.

Security cameras recorded the women leaving the dogs there around 4 p.m. when the clinic was still open.

Security cameras show two women bringing the dogs to SPCA of Brevard Monday. (SPCA of Brevard)


Workers say all they needed was some paperwork to be signed, and the dogs would have been taken in, cared for and be placed for adoption.

“There’s absolutely no judgement on our end, we just need proper information to help these dogs find the best homes, so they aren’t just sitting here and we have to learn everything from scratch about them,” said Susan Naylor of SPCA of Brevard.

On Wednesday, the women returned to the clinic after seeing our story, wanting the dogs back.

The SPCA says they claimed they had a doctor’s appointment and no where to leave the dogs.

Brevard Sheriff’s Office Animal Services was called, and fined the women $500 on abandonment charges.

They also signed paperwork surrendering the chihuahuas.

The SPCA learned the dogs names, Baby Boy and Buster, who are being cared for and will be up for adoption soon.

Central Florida Pet Food Charities

Officials with SPCA of Brevard say if people feel they have to turn their pets over because they can’t afford to keep them, they should ask for help first. 

There are several pantries and programs in Central Florida that distribute pet food for people who need it. We’ve compiled a list below of pantries. 

BREVARD COUNTY

Brevard Humane Society: The shelter, which has locations in Cocoa and Merritt Island, says it has a pet food pantry program. It redistributes food to partner organizations like Meals on Wheels and the Central Brevard Sharing Program. It also provides food at its Molly Mutt Thrift Stores and shelter locations. Contact the shelter for more details.

SPCA of Brevard: The shelter has a pet food bank for low-income or terminally ill pet owners who need help. You can call the shelter to find more details. 

For the Love of Paws: This group has a mobile food bank that serves Melbourne and Barefoot Bay, along with a pantry in Fellsmere.

Space Coast Kibble Kitchen: A pet food bank that also has a list of other resources on its website. 

FLAGLER COUNTY

Flagler Humane Society: The Furry Friend Food Bank is available for low-income families with up to four cats and dogs.

LAKE COUNTY

Lake County Animal Services works with area human food pantries to get pet food donations where they are needed most. 

The Animal League also works with Lake County area food pantries to distribute pet food to those who need it through the Nourish the Needy program.

MARION COUNTY

Voices of Change Animal League: The Ocala-based group has the Project FEED Marion County Pets program to help people who need pet food.

ORANGE COUNTY

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando: Among the shelter’s programs is a pet food pantry for residents of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

Happy Trails Pet Pantry: The group has a pet food program for residents of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

Orange County Animal Services: This Saturday, the shelter is distributing 736 bags of pet food through a partnership with Hill’s Science Diet. Pet owners can get up to two bags of food per household. The drive-thru event will be held at Barnett Park in Orlando. Head to the Orange County Animal Services website to sign up. 

OSCEOLA COUNTY

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando: Among the shelter’s programs is a pet food pantry for residents of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

Happy Trails Pet Pantry: The group has a pet food program for residents of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. Osceola County Animal Services specifically says it sends people who need help to Happy Trails. 

SEMINOLE COUNTY

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando: Among the shelter’s programs is a pet food pantry for residents of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

Happy Trails Pet Pantry: The group has a pet food program for residents of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

SUMTER COUNTY

Your Humane Society SPCA: The humane society in Sumter County has the “Kibbles” Pet Food Pantry program to help residents with pets. They also have information on a free program for spaying and neutering.

VOLUSIA COUNTY

Sophie’s Circle: The rescue says it has the only pet food pantry in Volusia County.



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