It is a sad sight to see. People forced to give up their beloved cats simply because they can no longer afford to feed them. It is very common in Spokane animal shelters for individuals, with tears in their eyes, being forced to drop off their dearly loved felines, hoping they will find a good home and telling themselves this one will be one of the lucky ones and won’t be put down
Good news: There is a new program called Pet Food Stamps which endeavors to supply free monthly home delivery of pet food and other necessary pet supplies to owners currently receiving food stamps or who fall below the national poverty line.
This program is not government funded but somewhere down the line this will be looked into.
After a pet owner’s need and income are confirmed, the families will receive pet food each month from Pet Food Direct for a 6-month interval.
When it becomes a challenge to put food on the table, some families turn to food banks for assistance. Feeding a family that way is difficult – but when you add a few pets, things can get really arduous. .
Many don’t know about the pet food bank at the Humane Society, some do, but have no way of getting there since it’s not on a bus line.
The Humane Society operates the largest pet-food bank in the area. Pet foods for the food bank are donated by residents and retailers.
At Second Harvest Inland Northwest, which provides most regional food banks, pet food sometimes appears during community food drives.
Generous people figure that there are those in need that also have pets and need to take care of them.
SpokAnimal C.A.R.E., the city of Spokane’s animal shelter, has run a pet food bank for years, but it’s not always supplied because feeding animals in the shelter takes top priority.
Many who call for help come in, volunteer a little time, and receive food as long as stock is available.
It’s so nice to know there are people out there who care not only for people in need, but their pets as well.