City Council District 5
City Council District 5


 District 5 Neighborhood Effort:     

Organizing for Pet Donations    


One of District Five’s most successful volunteer projects is going to celebrate its two-year anniversary this month. Yet, driving past the corner of Hopkins and Carlotta one might easily miss the sign that, aside from word of mouth, serves as one of the project’s only forms of advertisement.     

Donations for pets in need.  The project began two years ago when a Northbrae resident heard on the radio that the Rodeo Humane Society had run out of cat food for its monthly pet food giveaway to low-income pet owners. She had recently lost a cat, and wondered if her leftover food and supplies could be donated towards the giveaway. The Humane Society confirmed that they’d be thrilled to receive the items. Curious as to what would happen, the Northbrae resident put a note on her garage explaining the situation at the Humane Society and left an empty washtub next to the note for food and supplies donations. Within three weeks her garage was filled with donations and the monthly project was officially underway.  

                 Pet Food Donation Sign                    

The Contra Costa Food Bank provides pet food to fourteen humane societies spread across the Bay Area. Every month the humane societies give out the food donations they’ve received to low-income families in their area. However, the demand for these supplies far exceeds the supply.  The Rodeo Humane Society provides pet food for 300-400 families, 150-175 of which are in dire economic condition.  Before the donations from Berkeley, the Rodeo Humane Society was only able to provide basic food supplies to a portion of their families. The Berkeley donations not only drastically increased the amount of food available, but now include other sought after pet supplies such as medicine, flea treatments, toys, bedding, collars, muzzles, gentle leaders, grooming supplies, nail clippers, beds, cat litter and even bird perches.

Pet Donations Hopkins  

Today, donations of all kinds for pets are collected in a large bin outside the garage of the project organizer’s home on Carlotta and Hopkins. Every month she brings the donations into her home, inventories and sorts them with her family, and delivers them to the Rodeo Humane Society. After the monthly donation event she posts that month’s inventory as well as a thank you note and photos of the animals at the food drop off on her garage. After a few weeks the message on the garage is replaced by an encouraging letter to the community describing the project.

 Community support for the project has been substantial for the past two years.  One Berkeley teenager even held a garage sale and donated the proceeds entirely towards buying pet food for the program. It’s easy to donate, and the cost is small compared to the benefit families receive from the items. 


 Please spread the word about this amazing operation. Donating is easy, and all sizes of donations are appreciated. Check out to learn about another Berkeley based organization that helps low-income pet owners.


 If you’d like to get involved or get more information, contact the organizer at:

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