The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank

Jun 3, 2013

This Single Moment In Time

For those of you that have never experienced the power of Pongo please take a look at this photo. See all those people? Each and every one of them, in addition to 35 Pongo volunteers, was at The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank at that single moment in time.

Nearly 200 people in total that refuse to let their pets go hungry. People that regularly give up their own food to keep their pets fed. Because hungry people have hungry pets.

People that are truly thankful to have found their way to The Pongo Fund. Because they know they will be treated with kindness. With dignity. With respect.

Because they know we will help them through these tough times so they will not need to give their animals to a shelter where far too many are euthanized. Because euthanizing an animal simply because they are hungry and there is no more room at the shelter is horribly wrong.

Thankfully, with your help, we can keep that from happening.

Our pet food bank is not pretty or fancy. We have no heat in the winter and no AC in the summer. A raw concrete floor. Unpainted walls covered in spackle. Not even a sign on the door. But those we help don’t care about how we look. They care about the work we do.

We have no marketing staff. No development staff. No public relations staff. We don’t spend our money casually. We spend it on food and the costs that get it where it’s needed. Nearly 5,000,000 nutritious meals served so far.

Because it is that food that gives a chance to animals that might not otherwise have a chance and gives hope to families that have little else to be hopeful for. Because a simple bowl of kibble can be the force that both keeps a family together and saves the lives of the animals they love.

This single moment in time. Thanks to this photo you were there. And that is why we Pongo.

Peace. Love. Kibble. 

Thank you, from all of us at The Pongo Fund

Apr 29, 2013

What Does It Mean To Pongo?

The names and faces have been changed for privacy.

What does it mean to Pongo? It means that when you have lost your job and the first paycheck from your new job is still 30 days away, and the food you feed your 90 lb. rescued greyhound is a high-quality special diet due to her extreme allergies, and the $70 cost per bag is $70 more than you have right now, and you have already borrowed from everyone you know, pawned everything you have and they won’t let you give any more blood this week, then you Pongo.

Because this 90 lb. lapdog named Elsa is the most important thing in the world to you.  And you will stop at nothing to make sure she is happy and healthy and never knows hunger. These are the times you Pongo.

More than 350 hungry animals received nutritious food from The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank yesterday. And every single one of them has a story. This was the story for Jen and Elsa. A story that Jen said did not begin well on Sunday when she sat in despair, unsure of what she was going to do. She had heard good things about The Pongo Fund but worried that what she heard was too good to be true.

And she said the last thing she wanted to do was tell her Elsa she was leaving to get her breakfast but come home empty handed. She felt afraid, she felt nervous and she felt defeated. But when she left, she said she was walking on air with a big bag of the very food she had dreamed of getting. And she could not get home fast enough to show Elsa the new bag.

This is what it means to Pongo.  

32 trained Pongo volunteers rocked the house yesterday, coming together as we always do to celebrate the people and their pets.

Yesterday was a Pongo Day. And we are still smiling about it today.

Peace. Love. Kibble. From all of us at The Pongo Fund.


Mar 5, 2013

This is Sadie

This is Sadie
This is Sadie

This is Sadie. And yesterday this sweet girl had run out of food. An injury caused her Mom to miss some work, meaning the next paycheck was still weeks away. But Sadie was out of food now. And that’s when her Mom called The Pongo Fund. Except Sadie and her Mom were nearly 100 miles away.

The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank has provided more than 4 million meals to date, helping feed tens of thousands of animals during these toughest of times. Keeping them safe at home with their families and out of the shelters. But yesterday none of the previous 4 million meals mattered, because Sadie was hungry now.

We quickly crafted a plan to get food to Sadie. Although this is not how we typically do things, what mattered now was making sure this sweet girl had food to eat. The plan came together quickly and in a matter of hours Sadie had her food.  Just like that. It’s not magic, it’s caring. And it’s one of the driving forces behind The Pongo Fund.

Yesterday it worked for Sadie and her Mom, just as it has for tens of thousands of others. Many of them outside of our home base in Portland, Oregon. Because when we get the call, we always try to help. Saving lives. Keeping families together. Reducing shelter populations. Spay and Neuter. Emergency vet care. We are The Pongo Fund.

As Gandhi said: “You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result. “

And yesterday the results were just what we had hoped for.

Sit. Stay. Eat. Live.


Dec 18, 2012

Peace, Love and Kibble

Pongo client Daisy the Great Dane
Pongo client Daisy the Great Dane

50,000 family pets ARE NOT in kill shelters today thanks to The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank. Beloved pets just like beautiful Daisy the Great Dane. Look at that gorgeous face. She's alive today because we were here for her when she needed us most.

In just three years' time we have donated more than 4 million nutritious meals for some 50,000 animals. We've even helped spay and neuter more than 1,000 of them. And along the way we have led our community forward to dramatically reduce shelter populations. What does that really mean? This is what Best Friends Animal Society said about The Pongo Fund:

“The best way to reduce shelter populations is to keep animals out of the shelters to begin with. The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank has developed that very program. They’re doing something innovative in Portland that’s making a huge difference.”

Quite simply, The Pongo Fund gives a chance to animals that might not otherwise have a chance, and hope to families that have little else to be hopeful for. Because sometimes, a simple bowl of kibble can be the force that both keeps a family together and saves the lives of the animals they love.

And during this holiday season, is there anything more important than family?

We would be honored if you would take 2 minutes and 20 seconds to view our video; the link is below. It is our first video and we are proud to share it with you. As you’ll see, Daisy and her Mom Wynde are both alive today thanks to your support. Saving lives, one bowl of kibble at a time.

Peace, love and kibble to you, from all of us at The Pongo Fund.


Aug 30, 2012

Mother Nature Damages Beloved Oregon Charity; Now Forced To Move

The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank relocation puts a strain on the Oregon charity that helps thousands and financial donations are needed to replenish lifesaving kibble inventory before the temperature drops.  To help struggling families and their pets through the cold fall and winter months, an emergency fundraising campaign has been launched to raise funds to resupply urgently needed pet food.

Portland, OR – August 28, 2012 – The Pongo Fund pet food bank today officially announced plans to move from its current facility across from the Oregon Convention Center to a new SE Portland location and has launched a kibble-cash fundraising campaign to help secure dollars needed to replenish their exhausted kibble inventory as soon as possible. Continued damage from roof leaks that plagued the charity last winter has made their building unsafe and forced the non-profit to relocate operations. The Pongo Fund’s new location in SE Portland will expand the organization’s unparalleled service to the community as well as its one-of-a-kind pet food distributions to dozens of other social service organizations.

The Pongo Fund keeps hungry families together, with their pets, through hard times. Since its opening in November 2009, The Pongo Fund has donated nearly 4 million pet meals and facilitated some 1,000 spay/neuter surgeries, a strategic formula working in unison to reduce overcrowded shelter populations. While this move will bring many benefits, it will require The Pongo Fund to have its first ever interruption of service. During the relocation process, distribution of pet food will not occur during September. Regular operations will resume on Sunday, October 14th at their new location at 3632 SE 20th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97202.

In preparation for the move, The Pongo Fund has donated an extra 50,000 pounds of kibble to many of their community partners, including Snowcap Charities, Salvation Army, Neighborhood House, Potluck in the Park and Clackamas Service Center. The Pongo Fund also donated food to establish pet food pantries at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and Multnomah County Animal Services.  These extra food supplies will provide struggling families with increased options during this brief service interruption. However, these extra distributions have severely depleted The Pongo Fund’s stores of kibble, meaning their warehouse will need to be restocked before the charity resumes service.

We invite concerned members of the community, lovers of dogs and cats everywhere and loyal Pongo supporters to make a donation to our kibble-cash fundraising campaign. Donations will help restock emergency pet food supplies and ensure there is enough kibble to help pet loving families through the cold fall and winter months. Because The Pongo Fund purchases pet food at huge discounts, monetary donations go the farthest to help feed hungry animals around the state.

“Pets are family too, and having to surrender a beloved pet to a shelter because a job was lost or medical bills need to be paid makes a sad situation even worse,” said Larry Chusid, executive director and founder of The Pongo Fund. “Bowls of kibble from The Pongo Fund are often just the recipe needed to keep these families whole and to keep animals safely at home and out of the shelters.”

The Pongo Fund pet food bank uses a two-pronged approach to fight hunger and reduce animal shelter populations.  The charity is best known for its pet food bank that serves thousands of struggling families from its Portland warehouse.  But equally important is The Pongo Fund’s distribution network that has delivered hundreds of thousands of pounds of dog and cat food to dozens of other social service organizations across Oregon and Southwest Washington, including emergency food banks and food pantries that redistribute The Pongo Fund pet food to their own clients along with human food supplies.

Donations can also be made by contacting The Pongo Fund at 503-939-7555 or mailing a check to The Pongo Fund, PO Box 8244, Portland OR 97207.

About The Pongo Fund
The Pongo Fund is an award-winning and volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity that was formed to help address a growing concern in our society: when people go hungry, their pets go hungry too. As Oregon’s pet food bank, The Pongo Fund is the only full time resource focused on preventing beloved animal companions from being surrendered to shelters simply because their families cannot afford to feed them. Over 100 social service organizations, emergency food agencies, shelters and rescues in 28 counties across Oregon and Southwest Washington have received emergency pet food assistance from The Pongo Fund, and that number continues to grow.

For more information, please go to:, their Facebook page: or contact us at:

The Pongo Fund
PO Box 8244
Portland OR 97207
info (at) thepongofund (dot) org


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The Pongo Fund

Portland, Oregon, United States

Project Leader

Larry Chusid

Portland, OR United States

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Map of The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank