Pet Food Bank

Pet Food Bank

RSPCA Woodside Animal Centre run a pet food bank for anyone struggling to afford to feed their pets. No owners should have to choose between feeding themselves or their pets. We want to make sure pets don’t go hungry, and that they can stay with their loved ones, no matter what the current financial climate.

Please allow at least 1 working day between calling and collecting your pet package.

How to Use RSPCA Woodside’s Pet Food Bank

  1. Please note we need 48 hours’ notice for any collection.
  2. Call Woodside Animal Centre on 0116 233 6677 (phone lines are open 10am-4pm daily including weekends), and state that you need to order from the pet food bank
  3. The call handler will ask you some general data protection questions so we can contact you in case there’s any issues with your order and they may ask you a few questions about your pets such as type of animals, sizes and ages.
  4. You will be asked to pick the collection point you’d like to pick up from.
  5. Turn up at the collection point on the day and time specified, and provide your name.
  6. The collection point staff/volunteers will hand you your pet food package.
  7. If you need to obtain more pet food, simply call us again on the number above.

Pet Food Bank Collection Points

We have a total of 7 pet food bank collection points; 5 in Leicester and 2 in Peterborough. The individual requiring the pet food can choose their nearest collection point to pick up from.

Collection Point Address
Woodside Animal Centre
190 Scudamore Road, Leicester, LE3 1UQ
Fridays & Sundays
2.00pm to 4.00pm Fri & 9.00am to 11.00am Sun
Birstall’s RSPCA Charity Shop
89 Sibson Road, Birstall, LE4 4NB
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Hinckley’s RSPCA Charity Shop
68 Castle Street, Hinckley, LE10 1DD
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Wigston’s RSPCA Charity Shop
43 Bell Street, Wigston, LE18 1AD
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Melton’s RSPCA Charity Shop
45-47 Sherrard Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1XH
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Market Deeping’s RSPCA Charity Shop
Unit 9, The Precincts, Market Deeping, Peterborough, PE6 8EA
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Whittlesey’s RSPCA Charity Shop
3 Lovells Centre, Blunts Lane, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 1AH
2.00pm to 4.00pm

Donations to Woodside’s Pet Food Bank

If you would like to donate pet food to Woodside’s pet food bank, there are animal food donation bins outside all our pet food bank collection points.

If you would like to donate money to help fund Woodside’s pet food bank,
you can call 0116 224 2440.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you setting up a community pet food bank?

Currently we receive regular calls from individuals and social services asking if we can supply free food as individuals are struggling to afford to be able to feed their pets, especially given the cost-of-living crisis. Additionally, we want to prevent more pets from coming into RSPCA Woodside’s Animal Centre.

Will the pet food bank be means tested?

Due to the cost-of-living crisis, lots of people are struggling, not just people on benefits. Additionally, we understand how difficult it can be for people to ask for help so pet food bank packages will be provided without judgement. Furthermore, we want to prevent as many pets from being given up to Woodside Animal Centre as possible. We have a significant waiting list for pets needing to be brought into the centre, and we want to help by ensuring that waiting list doesn’t get any longer.

Can I request my pet’s usual brand of food?

Yes, we will always try to keep the pet on the same diet if we have that in stock. However, we cannot guarantee it but will try to keep the pet food supplied as similar to the pet’s current diet as possible.

Are you able to provide pet food for small pets such as guinea pigs, rabbits and birds?

Yes, owners of small pets can use the pet food bank for food pellets.

Can the pet food bank provide other pet items such as cat litter?

Yes, the pet food bank can provide other pet items (depending on availability) such as cat litter. Please just ask on the phone and we will try to assist. We regret that we cannot provide pet accessories such as leads or harnesses etc.

Opening Hours

Centre Open for General Animal Viewing
We are open to the public to have a look around on Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays from 11:00 to 15:00

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Pet Shop and Reception
Open 7 Days a week
Monday - Friday: 08:30 to 16:30
Saturday & Sunday: 09:00 to 16:00

If you are interested in adopting an animal in our care, please go to the animal profile pages and complete the contact forms. Our team will then contact you to discuss the current adoption process.

Contact Us

Woodside Animal Centre
190 Scudamore Road,

General Enquiries: 0116 233 6677
Woodside Pet Shop: 0116 233 6677
RSPCA Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999


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