Food for Pets in Needs

Food banks that serve cats in need, need help to feed pets. Here’s how you can help with donations and/or by volunteering year-round.

Good morning, I’m Fish, a foreign correspondent in the US. Now I am in Nevada. Let’s discover one of the food sponsors for pets here!

Pets of the Homeless is founded in 2008. It headquartered in Carson City, Nevada. It has collected and distributed about 688 tons of pet food to homeless people with pets nationwide.

“We have 228 donation sites and we need many more because we have 469 pet food providers (food banks, church pantries, soup kitchens) that distribute the pet food and supplies in communities across the country,” says Genevieve Frederick, president, and founder.

“Every day we see an increase of homeless callers asking for our help,” Genevieve confirms. “Sometimes it’s as many as 24 new cases a week.” According to a document produced by the United Nations and published in March 2019, more than 7,400 families are evicted in the United States every day. Rents in the United States have increased by 22% on average between 2006 and 2014, while average incomes decreased by 6%.

“Consequently, it is no wonder that homelessness has increased across the country,” Genevieve says. It relinquishes the pet to an animal shelter or sleeps in your vehicle or the street with your pet. Furthermore, we keep detailed records of the pets we assist, and since 2015 the ratio has been 89% dogs to 11% cats. We’ve seen that cats can be very attached to a homeless person because they are together 24/7,” she adds.

For those who want to donate food, The Pets of the Homeless website has an interactive map/search tool to find the closest drop-off points to where you live. Apart from donating food, there are many ways to work with this organization. They include picking up food, transporting and delivering it to distribution sites, and staffing the pick-ups.

 More at petsofthehomeless.org.

 

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