Faithful Forgotten Best Friends
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About Us


Faithful Forgotten Best Friends -- FFBF -- is a non-profit organization of volunteers (we do not have any paid personnel) which has been working side by side with Mt. Carmel's Medical Outreach Program and the Holy Family Church Soup Kitchen and Outreach. We provide food, basic veterinary care, vaccinations, and assistance with spay and neuter for the pets of the homeless and less fortunate in the downtown Columbus and Franklinton areas. We are the ONLY non-profit in the Midwest that is focusing on this need, and it is our hope that our program will become a pilot program for other cities!

FFBF is a tax exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The homeless usually need help finding housing or a rent subsidy. Unfortunately, those with pets find this very difficult. Many are forced to choose between their pet and staying in a shelter. Surprisingly, most choose to stay on the streets with their pets. Sometimes, this is their only companion or family! Between 5% and 10% of homeless people have dogs or cats. In some areas, the rate is as high as 24%!


FFBF is committed to reducing hunger and providing veterinarian wellness checks for the pets of the homeless and less fortunate in the downtown Columbus, OH and Franklinton areas. We believe in the healing power of companion pets and that the human/animal bond is very important to life. Each homeless person has a unique story. They may be people like you and me, a family losing a home due to the economy, disabled, elderly, victims of abuse, people with mental disorders, addictions, parolees, and even our veterans.

In 2011, approximately 150,000 people were homeless in Ohio.
The number of homeless kids in Ohio grew by more than 50% from 2006 to 2012.
Ohio had 1,259 homeless veterans on a single night in January 2011.

Our members collect donations and then distribute it from the Holy Family Church to the homeless and less fortunate.  



Food distribution is held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Holy Family Church Parish Center located at 588 West Gay Street, Columbus, 43215.  (The Parish Center is located directly behind the Holy Family Church at 584 West Broad Street, Columbus, 43215.)  Volunteers of FFBF hand out hundreds of pounds of pet food each month.  Veterinary wellness care requires a scheduled appointment and takes place on the same 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. We always need volunteers to assist with the appointments.

FFBF relies on donations (financial and tangible) to support our efforts to provide food and veterinary care to the pets of the homeless and less fortunate.  Please consider donating any of the following items which can be dropped off at any one of our conveniently located drop off sites around the Columbus area.  Click on the "Food Drops" tab above to locate one near you.
  • Cat food - Dry or Wet (any size)
  • Dog and Cat Crates / Carriers
  • Dog and Cat supplies (collars, leashes, harnesses) - new or gently used
  • Cleaning supplies (paper towels, cleaners, etc.)
  • Retail gift cards good for above items (i.e. Costco, pet stores, etc.)

Your donations make a real and direct impact on the lives of people in need and their pets.

To make donations online, please click the donate button located at the top of this page!
To donate by mail, please send checks to:

Faithful Forgotten Best Friends
c/o Larry Swackhammer, Treasurer
4468 Cliff Ridge Drive
Gahanna, OH 43230


Various area businesses around Columbus have graciously donated space for any material donation for FFBF. For an up-to-date list of all drop off points around Columbus, please click on the "Food Drops" tab above.

We can always use more volunteers!

Click here to sign up!

Volunteers help in distributing food to pet owners, pick up pet food and other donations from drop-off points, and transport cats and dogs to and from clinics.
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