Editor’s note: The Boulder Food Rescue was removed from the available listings as it now delivers food to residents and is not available for residents on a walk-in basis.

Boulder-based Colorado Pet Pantry is hosting a virtual film festival fundraiser this summer to raise money to restock its pet food and supply pantries that serve the county and much of the state.

“Because of COVID-19 and the pandemic, we haven’t been able to do as much fundraising as we normally do to help residents be able to keep their beloved pets home and there is still an incredibly high need for pet food,” Colorado Pet Pantry founder and executive director Eileen Lambert said.

This film festival, which starts at 12:05 a.m. Friday, is produced by a group called Bow Wow Film Fest, which distributes the content to smaller nonprofits such as Colorado Pet Pantry, “to use as a boxed and ready to go fundraiser,” Lambert  said. “It’s a fresh movie medley of family-friendly canine short films put together in about a 70- to 90-minute long movie and the best part is our viewers can choose how much they donate to see the movie.”

This is the fifth year Colorado Pet Pantry has hosted the Bow Wow Film Fest to raise funds to restock its shelves, but the first year they have decided to do it virtually because of the on-going coronavirus concerns.

“We made the decision a while back — before the Level Clear here in Boulder — to do it virtually because it still makes the most sense as we figure our way out of this pandemic,” Lambert said.

The 10-day online film festival will run through June 27. Tickets begin at $5, but because it is donation-based, residents can choose to pay more. Tickets can be purchased on the nonprofit’s website at The movie is limited to one device per purchase.

“We chose to make it donation-based at $5 because it only costs $5 per month, or eight cents a day to feed one pet and that’s something a lot of us can do,” Lambert said. She also said residents will have an opportunity to donate more at the end of the film and are always welcomed to do so through the website.

In the past year, Colorado Pet Pantry has provided 5.1 million meals to dogs and cats statewide so owners did not have to relinquish their pets. “This past year we’ve been able to feed 85,000 pets for a month because when a resident shows up at one of the pet pantries statewide, they receive enough food to feed their pet for a month,” Lambert said.

Residents who need help feeding their pets can visit one of the following people food-shelters and ask for the Colorado Pet Pantry:

  • Our Center, 220 Collyer St., Longmont, from 9 to 11 a.m. on third Tuesday of the month;
  • Emergency Family Assistance Association, 1575 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, from 2:30 to 4:40 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month until October and 3 to 5 p.m. starting in November;
  • Harvest of Hope, 2960 Valmont Road, Boulder, anytime during operating hours;
  • Sister Carmen Community Center, 655 Aspen Ridge Drive, Lafayette, 9:30 to 11 a.m. the second Thursday of the month;
  • LEAF, 350 Main St., Lyons, anytime during operating hours;
  • Nederland Food Pantry, 750 West Highway 72 — West Wing, Nederland, anytime during operating hours.

“The reason the Colorado Pet Pantry exists is because the problem of pet hunger is solvable,” Lambert said. “We get that food to an animal who needs it and our concept is simple and a totally solvable problem — feed the pets and see families thrive while being able to keep their pets in their homes.”

Lambert also said that in addition to donations, participating in the Bow Wow Film Fest, the nonprofit needs volunteers. “Whether it’s one time, every month or every week, we simply need more volunteers to help out at food banks and help our families feed and keep their pets.”

Residents who want to volunteer, donate or see upcoming fundraisers can contact Lambert through the organization’s website at