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.

2021 Annual Report

2021 was another year of growth for People & Pets Together.

Program Highlights:

  • 102,352 pounds of dog and cat food distributed at the People & Pets Together food shelf, plus 15 tons of cat litter.
  • 1,170 households served, including 1,471 cats and 1,053 dogs, in addition to birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish and other small animals.
  • 551 first-time visitors.
  • In 2021, we also delivered 103,642 pounds of dog and cat food to Twin Cities food shelves!
  • 2,000+ volunteer hours donated.

Many thanks to all of our friends and donors for making 2021 an exceptional year for People & Pets Together!

Our Partners

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)

Feline Rescue

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

Loaves & Fishes

Lyndale Animal Hospital

Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue

Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue

Nokomis Life

Pet Doctors

GOODS Program (regional affiliate Feeding Furry Friends)


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

Wet Paint: Artists’ Materials & Framing

Chuck & Don's logo
Tail Chaser Dog Brew

People & Pets Together is a program of Secondhand Hounds, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

People & Pets Together
Chuck & Don’s Pet Wellness Center
2501 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
(612) 722-9998

Pet food shelf hours
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:30am - 2:00pm