The mission of Don’t Forget to Feed Me (DF2FM) is to supply pet food to local agencies in support of pet owners. By providing pet food for those in need during challenging financial times, we offer an option to surrendering – or worse, abandoning – a family pet. Don’t Forget to Feed Me helps to ensure that no pet owner ever has to choose between stay…or go.
DF2FM is the only social service agency in the Metroplex focused solely on directly assisting pet owners with pet food. By keeping our focus on this one issue, we are able to address this specific need efficiently and quickly. DF2FM does not attempt to duplicate services offered by other organizations or agencies.
Many local agencies focus on ensuring that humans have adequate food and nutrition; however, we hear repeatedly from organizations that provide food to humans that a pet owner will often choose to go without food to ensure their companion animals are fed. With fully 2/3 of Americans being pet owners, the need to provide pet food to pet owners experiencing economic uncertainty is real and immediate. By providing pet owners with pet food, DF2FM not only ensures that owners are able to feed themselves but that pets receive food that is nutritionally appropriate for animals.
Additionally, many local agencies help pet owners with veterinary needs such as spaying/neutering and vaccinations, and many local agencies are concerned with ensuring that homeless animals are adopted into “forever homes.” These agencies address real needs and provide valuable services to the community; however, these efforts will all be for naught if the pet owner is unable to feed the animal. It will end up in a shelter – or on the streets – anyway. By providing pet owners with pet food, DF2FM helps relieve stress on shelters, rescues, and local animal control.
The economic crisis of 2008 caused many families to face extreme hardships. Many were forced to choose between feeding the family and feeding the family pet. Two area women were brought together by a common goal; to keep pets with their families. A committee was formed in the fall, and DF2FM launched an inaugural Valentine pet food drive in February of 2009 as an initiative working through Tarrant Area Food Bank.
DF2FM quickly grew, and in September of 2010 DF2FM set up independent office space and began a distribution partnership with Community Food Bank. We began a distribution partnership with The Community Storehouse in Keller the following year. In 2013, Wesley Mission Center in Mansfield joined the DF2FM family and began distributing pet food.
How We Operate
Donor -> Collection Site -> Monitor -> DF2FM -> Distribution Partner -> Owner -> Pet
Don’t Forget to Feed Me is a conduit through which donated pet food reaches deserving families. We manage the collection of pet food and deliver it to distribution partners around the area, who then in turn distribute it through their normal channels to their clients.
|Stay…or Go is Don’t Forget to Feed Me’s original pet food collection and distribution program, working with local food pantries in support of pet owners. By providing pet food for those in need during challenging financial times, we offer an alternative to surrendering — or worse, abandoning — a family pet.|
|Home, Not Alone is a program designed to help senior citizens keep their companion animals despite income and transportation challenges. Working through a partnership with Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County, Don’t Forget to Feed Me provides free pet food to seniors across North Texas every two weeks. Learn more.|
|The Maverick Fund is a designated fund specifically to help individual pet-owning households who have experienced catastrophic events, such as house fires, tornado damage, etc. which have left the pet owner without needed resources to properly care for pets. DF2FM works with the American Red Cross – North Texas Region to identify and support pet owners who qualify for assistance. Learn more.