My own cat, Calpurnia, wants to remind everyone that pet food donations are needed more than ever over the holidays. Animal shelters have had to tighten their belts as the end of the year approaches,. They may have used up their grant money and it's difficult to attract new donors in the midst of holiday festivities.
There are several easy ways you can donate pet food to needy animals. For example, did you know that many recipients of Meals on Wheels dinners, "save" part of their food for their pet? I was horrified to learn this when I worked with low income seniors.
It seemed incredibly sad that they had to go without food to make sure their beloved pet had enough to eat. I decided to include a "pet food donation" bag when collecting canned goods for holiday meals.
It's easy to do. There are many opportunities to donate food in your town. You can start with local food banks and offer to collect and drop off pet food. You can easily branch out to schools, libraries and community organizations that are already collecting food for the needy.
When you think of how many people have pets, you will see that your gift will be appreciated. In some cases, it's even vital for the pet to remain in the home and not be turned over to a shelter.
Try talking to the manager of your local pet store and see if he or she will give a discount when you explain that you are collecting pet food for a worthy cause.
Pets everywhere will thank you and so will their owners. No pet should have to go hungry, and no low income person should have to give up their beloved pet because they can't afford to feed him.
Make sure this is a happy Thanksgiving for pets everywhere!