The Monmouth County SPCA is on a mission to help pets stay in their home rather than being surrendered to a shelter. One program they have set up to accomplish this goal is called the MCSPCA Pet Pantry. Under this program, over 400 families and their 3,200 pets have been helped with basic supplies and food since Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey. Now they are expanding this service by partnering with Visitation Relief Center.
According to MCSPCA’s press release, Darren O’Neill is coordinator for the Food Warriors at the Visitation Relief Center (VRC) Brick. He has been helping distribute food to over 1,500 families. It didn’t take the VRC long to realize they weren’t feeding every member of the family, so the Do It Duo For Pets, Inc. started delivering pet food donations. However, with the number of families in need growing daily at the VRC, even the thousands of pounds of food the Do It Duo For Pets, Inc. were delivering wasn’t enough to meet the demand.
That’s when the MCSPCA and the VRC along with the Do It Duo For Pets, Inc. decided to partner to help meet the demand. The MCSPCA was at the VRC in Brick all day on February 10, 2014 distributing food and enrolling families into the Pet Pantry program who were victims of Sandy and still in need.
“This effort requires many partnerships coming together,” said Radiance Sheppard, Nexus warrior coordinator, VRC. “This is why we are thrilled to partner with Monmouth County SPCA to provide a Pet Pantry at the Visitation Relief Center. This service will assist the Visitation Relief Center fulfill its mission.”
In an effort to provide resources, Kathleen Schatzmann, State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, was also enlisted. She immediately reached out to WellPet, makers of Wellness Natural Pet Food and Holistic Select Pet Food, which very generously donated a truck load of dog and cat food to kick off the new partnership of the MCSPCA and VRC Pet Pantry.
“WellPet has an unwavering commitment to providing the very best for the pets who depend on us,” said Chanda Leary-Coutu, senior manager, marketing communications, WellPet. “We are proud to donate to the Monmouth County SPCA and the Visitation Relief Center to help sustain the dogs and cats and their families who are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.”
“The MCSPCA Pet Pantry is committed to helping as many animals as possible stay in their homes, which is why after Sandy first hit the Jersey Shore, we went into some of the most devastated neighborhoods in Monmouth County,” said Ken McKeel, manager, MCSPCA Pet Pantry. “We realize the recovery process is going to take years in many areas, and we are prepared to help as long as there is a need.”
For more information about the Monmouth County SPCA Pet Pantry program or to donate, please visit their website or call 732-542-5342 Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
To learn more about the Visitation Relief Center, please visit their website or call 732-746-3456 Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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