Chompers Pet Food Bank


Through Chompers Pet Food Bank, the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County provides pet food to pet guardians who are facing economic hardship, so they have the means necessary to keep their companion animals. The Chompers Pet Food Bank was established in 2010 to address a need in our community and is now a permanent part of our services to Montgomery County. Many participants are senior citizens with multiple animals in their households. We found that some were feeding their animals instead of themselves or forgoing needed medicines before finding our program. Our goal is to keep animals in their homes with humans who love them rather than in shelters or on the street.

Since the start of this program, we have distributed over 65,000 pounds of free pet food to community members in need. Chompers Pet Food Bank serves an average of 30 pet guardians and a 100 cats and dogs each month.


  • Families in need will be served on a first‐come, first‐served basis.
  • The program applies to household pet cats and dogs only.
  • Participants must show proof that animals are spayed or neutered.
  • Participants must show proof that they reside within Montgomery County, MD.
  • Participants must affirm that they are the owners of each pet listed and the pet resides with the owner.
  • Participants must be in economic need, proof may be required.
  • The pet food bank is not to be used for feeding foster care animals, outdoor community animals, Trap‐Neuter‐Release (TNR) or feral colonies.
  • Participant must come to the distribution center at 12 Park Avenue in Gaithersburg, MD.
  • No distribution will be made to an individual for family members, neighbors or friends.
  • Participants are not able to specify brand of pet food. Various brands are given out at different times.
  • Participants must agree not to adopt any additional pets while in the program.
  • This program limits the number of pets per household that can receive food to ten.

Chompers Pet Food Bank Application