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When struggling households face food insecurity, it is more likely that their [FAMs] Furry Family members face hunger too, leading to animal malnutrition starvation, abandonment or surrender due to lack of the ability to care for them during financial hardships..

Food Insecurity Affects
Everyone in the Household, including Dogs & Cats...


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"NUTRITION ONE: A Supplemental Nutrition Program for Hand & Paw"...

No Hand nor Paw should ever go Hungry. We provide nutritional meals for Furry Members of Society working with Local Food Banks.

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According to the latest research and data of 2023-2024 by "The World Animal Foundation", 86.9 Million US Households Has a (FAM Furry Family Member), Which Accounts for 66% of households.

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[ fur·​ry + (fa)m·​i·​ly + mem·​ber ] noun: furry members of society: Not identified as" PETS or property."




A Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Cats & Dogs.


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Our mission is to combat food insecurity by addressing the root causes of hunger and ensuring that no individual or companion animal goes hungry in our communities. We strive to prevent companion animal surrender by providing support and resources to owners facing financial hardship. We recognize that household struggles often impact companion animals.

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To expand and extend the nutritional buying power of human cost to assist in the prevention of hunger; broaden the reach of nutrition systems by developing services to enhance health and wellness, to include animal nutritional needs within a distribution system, where disabled and elderly individual(s) often depend on animals as companions and/or assistance service to enhance their mental health and well-being, as many living independently yet alone.


RESCUES ON85TH is a 501 (C) (3) NPO Supplemental Nutrition Program. We are located in Birmingham, Alabama, serving Jefferson County. We utilize locations such as, local human food banks, social service agencies, churches, and companies to distribute free human food and dog and cat food plus supplies to the financially struggling households. We network with United Way, GREATERGOODS Charities, The Birmingham Humane Society to extend our service reach. We are a volunteer-based mobile service that rely on the generous donations and support from the general public.  


We promote the re-identification of" PET(S)" as (FAMs) Family Members and contributing members of society. We firmly believe that pets should be entitled to equal treatment regarding food, housing, medical care, burial assistance, and tax credit incentives. Providing these incentives would significantly benefit by notably alleviating food insecurities, mitigating overpopulation in communities and shelters, boosting animal adoptions, reducing euthanize rates, and decreasing illnesses and homelessness for animals. Furthermore, we advocate for redefining the identification of pets to categorize them as family members, recognizing their integral role in our lives and society. 

Services We Provide
RESCUES ON85TH is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization dedicated to operating its supplemental nutritional program
called the "Nutrition One" (N1) program. This program distributes donated products such as food, bedding, litter boxes, cat litter, and other goods when available to low-income households, where (FAMs) Furry Family Members reside. The Nutrition One program is not meant to replace the responsibility of the family to ease the stress of households facing financial difficulties which could lead to companion animal surrender or abandonment; and to lessen the impact of overrun animal shelters and foodbanks. Our program objectives include: 1) continue and expand partnerships with community assistance agencies; 2) recruit more volunteers to staff N1.


Eligibility Requirements for (N1) Nutrition One Program:

- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must provide valid income verification such as a SNAP, WIC, Medicaid/Medicare, Unemployment statement, SSI, SSDI, Disability, copy of paystub with a letter of hardship in providing supplies for your cat and/or dog, or declaration of need.
- Must be the guardian of the Cat or Dog, with proof of such.
- Must have a valid government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license.
- Must reside in Jefferson County, Alabama.
- Applicant must agree to service terms and complete an application at the distribution location or online. 

Upon qualification, the cat or dog will receive food from a designated distribution site for three months. After this period, the parent must spay or neuter their pet, along with providing vaccination records. This method is requested to ensure the health and well-being of each animal served and to help control overpopulation. After verification of vaccination, spaying, or neutering, participants qualify for six additional months of food and supplies. If participants cannot afford these requests, we distribute information for no-to-low-cost vaccination and spay and neuter resources, when available.



If it happens within the household FAMs are also affected. The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person and animal in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation for a family or can last a long time, many seek assistance from human food pantries. It may be influenced by a number of factors, including income or employment. The risk for food insecurity increases when money to buy food is limited or not available. So, what about families with cats or dogs experiencing food insecurity?

According to Research Gate Study found that " food insecurity occurs when a dog or cat doesn't have access to regular food in their formative months, so they are either afraid of eating, or they eat too fast, or they hoard food. A dog or cat with food insecurity may also be scared that food will suddenly stop existing and that every meal could be their last.

In 2020, 28.6 percent of low-income households were food insecure, compared to the national average of 10.5 percent. In a 2015 ASPCA study of pet owners who reported giving up a pet within the last five years, 40 percent of those with annual incomes below $50,000 indicated that free or low-cost vet care would have prevented them from relinquishing their pets, and 30 percent said free or low-cost pet food would have helped them the most. Research on human food insecurity has found that people who cannot afford to feed themselves often turn to food pantries and government assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), although SNAP benefits exclude food for companion animals. In a study, a researcher recently interviewed 40 low-income guardians visiting animal food pantries in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts. Participants were asked to discuss their experiences with purchasing animal food, the factors that contribute to their food insecurity, and the strategies they use to feed their animals when resources become scarce. Around 90% of the interviewees had incomes at or near the poverty level. Furthermore, 73% were unemployed, retired, or unable to work due to a disability. In addition to the interviews, the author observed interactions and spoke casually with staff at an animal food pantry in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both types of insecurity cause stress and anxiety, and people facing them employ coping mechanisms to avoid going hungry. Most guardians shared that they wanted to do right by their animal, and most refused to surrender their animal to a shelter out of fear that they would be euthanized. 

When pet owners with incomes lower than $50,000 were asked which service might have helped them the most, the majority indicated free or low cost veterinary care (40%).  Other resources indicated were free or low-cost training or behavior help (34%)), access to pet-friendly housing (33%), free or low-cost spay/neuter services (30%), free or low cost pet food (30%), free or low cost temporary pet care or boarding (30%) and assistance in paying pet deposits for housing (17%).



To continue to receive Nutrition One benefits, you must apply in the county where you currently live and meet specific requirements. You must have FAMs residing within your household, meet income limits, or are experiencing a situation where you are considering the surrender of your FAMs. Only one account per household. Individuals may not apply on behalf of another household or commit theft, sell, or trade products distributed from RESCUES ON85TH. RESCUES ON85TH will not tolerate physical threatening or verbal assault toward staff, volunteers, partnering agencies, or other participants; such actions will result in but not limited to the termination of assistance from the program.

If you disagree with a decision in your case, you may request a review. Requests must be made within 10(ten) days of the notice provided to you concerning the conclusion that you disagree with. You can request a review over the phone, in writing, or in person and complete a redetermination form. Although a review may not change the determination, it can ensure that decisions on your account were made correctly. You may view a listing of other social service agencies that may assist you through our link at

Policy is subject to change and notification will be provided.

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