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.

Program Highlights:

  • 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!

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

BIXBI Pet

Chuck & Don’s (Twin Cities metro area stores)

Copilot Dog Outfitters

Dogs Of A Good Society

The Dr. Jane Foundation

Feline Rescue

Fluff & Tuff

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

Kaposia

Loaves & Fishes

Lyndale Animal Hospital

Minnesota Humane Society

Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue

Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue

Nokomis Life

Petco (Twin Cities metro area stores)

Pet Doctors

Rebuilding Together

Rescue Bank (regional affiliate Feeding Furry Friends)

Royal Pet

Scotchology

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

Wet Paint: Artists’ Materials & Framing

Whole Foods Market

Non-Discrimination Statement
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.

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

People & Pets Together
3745 Bloomington Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
(612) 722-9998

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