Our Mission
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Our Mission

Our Mission

UPF’s primary function is to distribute resources such as pet food, puppy pads, cat litter, and a myriad of essential pet supplies to our shelter and rescue members. We do this through our Distribution Days at the UPF Resource Center. During these Distribution Days, the UPF Community comes together to share the resources that we have gathered by fostering key partnerships with business leaders and animal lovers in the Ohio Valley region and around the country. With our partnership with RescueBank.org (part of The Greater Good), some of these resources can reach animal rescues and shelters across the country

By being able to facilitate large donations from corporate/business partners, UPF fills an important and unique role for animal shelters and rescues. Many of the smaller rescues, shelters and advocacy groups do not have the time to develop relationships with the businesses in their area. They do not have the infrastructure to accept larger donations from larger suppliers and distributors.  Our corporate partners feel comfortable that UPF has the necessary infrastructure to accept truckloads of product and distribute the product to those that help animals in need.

For small or private rescues and care groups, joining UPF as a member provides dependable access to a structured, established support system. This structured system can be invaluable because many of our members are running a non-profit for the first time in their lives. UPF provides them not only with pet food and supplies, but also with essential training, support, and community.

“United Pet Fund has helped our rescue in so many ways!

They are wonderful people to help out with the food and animal care.”

– Ohio Pug Rescue

The Highlights

  • In 2018, we collected and distributed over $2.8 Million in resources to shelters, rescues, and individuals.
  • We have grown from 20-member organizations (animal shelters and rescues) in 2012 to over 100-member organizations to date.
  • We have over 100 active volunteers to call on to sort and organize donated materials for distribution to our member organizations.
  • Our all-volunteer board is made up of respected business professionals with a passion for empowering those who help animals in need.
  • Thanks to the addition of our warehouse, the UPF Resource Center (est. 2015), we can take in, store, and distribute tractor trailer-quantities of resources to our member organizations.
  • Bi-annual seminars for our members and the community on how they can better serve the animals under their care and run their organization more efficiently.
  • Annual health fair in an economically under-served area of Cincinnati where in a single afternoon over 200 dogs and cats receive much-needed free health care from volunteer veterinary professionals and UPF volunteers from all walks in life.
  • Annual Muttstache Dash 5K Run/Walk to raise funds to carry out our Mission Statement, as well as educate the public on the work our members at UPF do to help ‘animals in need’ until they find their FUVever homes.