Best Of 2020

Best Pup Food Pantry: Queen City Bulldog Rescue

At the end of 2019, local nonprofit Queen City Bulldog Rescue opened a dog food pantry at its headquarters in Bellevue to offer assistance to anyone who might need help feeding their four-legged family member — and not just bully breeds. Following the closing of the Norwood-based Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry in the summer of 2018, it’s also the only pantry of its kind in Northern Kentucky. QCBR founder Chelsea Muenzer says the decision to add a pet food pantry was an organic one. With each passing week, she says turnout grows both in terms of people actually utilizing the pantry and for incoming donations. It’s also drawn more awareness of their first-and-foremost mission. Founded in 2017, the foster-based rescue has placed over 300 English and French bulldogs in their forever homes and have over 200 volunteers in their ranks. Currently, the pantry is operating on a no-questions-asked honor system: For those who need help getting fido food, all they need to do is simply show up during open hours — every other Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — or reach out to make an appointment. If they have what you need, it’s yours. Muenzer says they have yet to run out of kibble, but they’re also hoping that they keep getting more food to keep supply up as word spreads. Find a link to donate affordable food via an Amazon wishlist on their Facebook page. Queen City Bulldog Rescue, 707 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, facebook.com/queencitybulldogrescue.