The Pet Food 4 Furever Families program was started directly because of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, which hit the United States in full force in late March, 2020.
By early April, 2020, GCHS created the Pet Food 4 Furever Families program, to help families feed their pets, so they don't need to owner surrender to local shelters. With the program, GCHS has attended Mobile Food Pantries in conjunction with Community Cooperative and hands out bagged cat or dog food.
The program is dependent on donations by the public and donors have stepped up since early April. GCHS has handed out over 34 tons of pet food since April of 2020. That number was supplemented by generous grants by United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, as well by Golisano Foundation with Bailey's Friends.
Starting in 2022, GCHS has also started a pet food drop-off at six different food pantries, so pet food can get to the people who need it for their pets.
Those pantries on the GCHS Pet Food 4 Furever Families drop-off list include:
Phone: (239) 275-5180
Address: 5547 Tenth Ave #2864, Fort Myers, FL 33907
Sun Coast Community Center:
Phone: (239) 731-9838
Address: 2241 Case Ln, North Fort Myers, FL 33917.
Lehigh Acres United Way House:
Phone: (239) 369-5818
Address: 201 Plaza Dr #3, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Address: 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #4403, Fort Myers, FL. 33916
Address: 402 W. Main Street, Immokalee, FL 34142
Hearts & Homes for Veterans
Address: 2230 Alicia St. Fort Myers, FL 33901
GCHS now attends the mobile food pantry for veterans held every third Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the V.A. Hospital in Cape Coral, located at 2489 Diplomat Pkwy E, Cape Coral, FL 33909.
Donations can be dropped off or order/deliver from Amazon, Chewy.com or any delivery service to: 2010 Arcadia Street, Fort Myers, Fla. 33916.
When ordering from Amazon, please select GCHS of Fort Myers as your charity of choice for Amazon Smile!
Dog Food Donations
GCHS accepts all dog food donations, but especially dry food. Suggested donations include three, five or six-pound bags...but any size is acceptable.
Cat Food Donations
GCHS' cat food donations are very important and come in all sizes of dry food bags.
We accept all sizes, but the smaller bag sizes are suggested.
Canned Cat and Dog Food
Canned food for dogs and cats is an important supplement in pets' diets. Any brand is acceptable.