These donated items will serve Humane Pennsylvania’s Spike’s Pet Pantry clients and benefit tens of thousands of animals in the community, helping prevent relinquishment of pets to animal shelters. Spike’s Pet Pantry is a pet food bank program which provides resources to pet owners in need.
Distribution of the pet food has already begun at Helping Harvest, formerly known as the Greater Berks Food Bank. These donations will provide community members with necessary resources in providing the basic needs for their pet companion. Often times, when a pet owner is struggling to feed themselves, they are also struggling to feed their pet. The goal of Spike’s Pet Pantry is to allow pet owners that utilize human food pantries that are stocked by Helping Harvest to have access to necessary pet food in one convenient location.
“Helping Harvest is so grateful for our partnership with Humane Pennsylvania and for this remarkable donation of pet food and products. These items are amongst the most in demand from our agencies,” stated Jay Worrall, President of Helping Harvest. “Many families and individuals struggling with hunger also have pets they consider loved members of their families. These pets provide comfort and companionship and need to have their own nutritional needs met. This donation will go a very long way in making sure those we serve can also provide for their beloved dogs and cats.”
Inga Fricke, Director of Community Initiatives at Humane Pennsylvania stated, “At Humane Pennsylvania, our mission is to ensure that no pet in Berks or Lancaster County goes hungry. This huge influx of over 55,000 lbs. of food is enough to keep at least 5,500 cats and dogs fed. This wouldn’t be possible without the support and dedication of our partners including GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank Program, Rachael Ray and Chewy, who have generously arranged for the delivery of this food.”
For Humane Pennsylvania to secure a donation of this magnitude, it came with associated shipping costs of $4,847.28. It breaks down to only $1.25 per pet to eat for an entire month. Humane Pennsylvania is a non-profit animal welfare organization. Support is needed in order for Humane Pennsylvania to continue receiving donations of this magnitude. Donate directly to Spike’s Pet Pantry Fund at https://humanepa.org/donations/online-donations/. Humane Pennsylvania does not receive funding form the federal, state, or local government, or from national interest groups like the HSUS or ASPCA.
For more information about Humane Pennsylvania, please visit www.humanepa.org.