About People & Pets Together
People & Pets Together, formerly The Pet Project, was founded in 2009 in response to the global economic downturn and heartbreaking stories of people who were forced to give up their pets due to financial hardship. Our mission is to support the relationships that people have with their pets, and to prevent the surrender of pets during times of economic crisis. People & Pets Together was one of the first such surrender prevention programs in the Midwest.
In early 2016, we opened our pet food shelf in Minneapolis.
In 2021, People & Pets Together merged with Secondhand Hounds (www.secondhandhounds.org), one of the largest animal rescues in Minnesota.
2020 Annual Report
2020 was another year of growth for People & Pets Together.
- 96,097 pounds of dog and cat food distributed at the People & Pets Together food shelf, plus 13 tons of cat litter.
- 1,024 households served (20% increase from last year), including 1,190 cats and 1,009 dogs, in addition to birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish and other small animals.
- 480 first-time visitors, a new record.
- In 2020, we delivered 94,256 pounds of dog and cat food to Twin Cities food shelves, three times as much as in 2019!
- People & Pets Together’s veterinary assistance grant program helped cover emergency vet bills for many low-income households.
- 2,000+ volunteer hours donated.
Many thanks to all of our friends and donors for making 2020 an exceptional year for People & Pets Together!
We’d like to thank the following friends, neighbors, nonprofit and business partners. Without you, what we do wouldn’t be possible!
Access Veterinary Care
American Distribution and Manufacturing Company
Animal Humane Society
Best Friends Animal Society
Chuck & Don’s (Twin Cities metro area stores)
Copilot Dog Outfitters
Dogs Of A Good Society
The Dr. Jane Foundation
Fluff & Tuff
Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation
Loaves & Fishes
Lyndale Animal Hospital
Minnesota Humane Society
Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue
Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue
Petco (Twin Cities metro area stores)
Rescue Bank (regional affiliate Feeding Furry Friends)
Seventh Sojourn Soaps
Shady Oak Veterinary Clinic
Sidewalk Dog Media
Subaru of America
The Street Dog Coalition
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
Urban Tails Pet Supply
Whole Foods Market
We are committed to treating people with dignity and respect. People & Pets Together is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship or legal status, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, age, marital or family status.