What a great idea! I also heard that the Church of Advent kicks off a monthly pet food bank on the same day. Are there any other pet food banks in the area?
Helping Keep Pet Food Bowls Full -- Kentucky Humane Society Launches Area's First Weekly Pet Food Bank on May 23
May 19, 2009 (Louisville, Ky.) The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) will help scoop out food and fill dishes for owned dogs and cats by launching the area's first weekly pet food bank this weekend. Beginning May 23, families can pick up free pet food every Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the KHS main campus, located at 241 Steedly Drive in Louisville, Ky.
"Unfortunately, many families have been affected by the current economic climate, and in turn, pets are feeling the pinch, too," said Lori Kane Redmon, KHS President-CEO. "We're introducing this program so people won't have to consider surrendering their companion animal due to lack of food. Our goal is to keep more cats and dogs with the families who love them."
The weekly pet food bank will serve families in need on a first-come, first-served basis. Pet owners wishing to participate must bring photo identification and complete a brief application during their first visit, which requests personal contact information, as well as the number and size of pets in the household. While KHS will not require proof of income, the pet food bank is designed to help those who are struggling to feed their companion animals during the recession.
"We recommend that each family takes at least two weeks worth of food at a time," said Lindsy Wallace, Animal Welfare Director at KHS, who is leading this new initiative. "Furthermore, those utilizing this service will be offered financial assistance at the KHS S.N.I.P. Clinic. Since pet overpopulation still persists in our community, we are requiring pets to be spayed or neutered within three months of their first visit."
KHS has not been unscathed by the economy either. Over a 7-month period, the state's largest animal welfare agency has experienced a 14% increase in the number of relinquished pets. "Since the first of January, 26 percent of all animals surrendered to KHS have been due to financial hardships," said Wallace. "Thankfully, we adopt out more than 6,000 pets each year, but we knew it was time to do more. With this new food bank, we hope people don't have to make the tough decision of surrendering their beloved pets since many consider their dog or cat to be part of the family."
By working with local businesses and media partners, KHS acquired enough pet food to launch the new weekly program. In an effort to stock the food bank, KHS asked adopters to bring in dog and cat food as part of the $1.25 adoption special this past weekend. "There is no end date for our food bank, as we plan to help people and pets as long as they need us," said Wallace. "Yet, we'll continue to rely on the community's support - businesses and individuals - for donations to help us provide pet food for those in need."
For more information on the KHS pet food bank and how you can get involved as a volunteer, please call (502) 366-3355.
For businesses or individuals who are interested in partnering with KHS for this cause, please contact Animal Welfare Director Lindsy Wallace at (502) 515-3140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.