PALS Rescue, Spay Neuter Kansas, and First Metropolitan Community Church are partnering up to provide pet food to help people keep their pets. A Kansas Food Bank pantry location, First Metropolitan Community Church is finding that it needs more pet food to distribute to pantry participants than the Kansas Food Bank has been able to send.
PALS and Spay Neuter Kansas have worked to help people keep their pets by providing food in the past, but as a small all volunteer organization, has found that more donations of food were needed. Each organization has experienced the need in the Wichita area to help people keep their pet instead of being forced to relinquish them to a rescue or shelter due to financial reasons.
“PALS gets many pets from people who have lost their jobs and can’t keep or care for their pets,” said PALS founder and director Ellen Querner. “Spay Neuter Kansas became involved because the people they serve are low income and cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets, and the church is not always open and were concerned that donated food if left out when the church wasn’t open, would be taken.”
Wichitans who wish to donate may bring any size bag of dry cat or dog food to the Spay Neuter Kansas clinic at 319 S. Hydraulic from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Large bags will be separated into five-pound bags to help make the food stretch to distribute to as many people as possible each week. Dry food is preferred, but wet food is also accepted. Food for smaller pets such as gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs would also be appreciated.
A recent owner surrender at PALS is Bandit, a Dachshund/Poodle mix, whose photo will be up on the PALS web site soon. “His elderly owner lost her husband and could no longer afford to care for him,” said Querner. “She waited several weeks to get him into our program as she knew that we would find him a well screened home. It was sad to see her cry as she said goodbye to her pet of four years.”
According to Querner, PALS has given food to people in hopes they could keep their pet, but it became too difficult for this small, all volunteer group with everything else that the organization does. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with other organizations to help prevent pet owners from having to give up their companions due to financial straits,” Querner said.
The church distributes pantry items on Fridays, at 156 S. Kansas. Call 316-263-4200 for more information or to arrange for a different drop off time at Spay Neuter Kansas.
If you or someone you know would benefit from assistance with feeding a pet, contact the Kansas Food Bank, 316-265-4421, or stop by 1919 E. Douglas, to fill out an application for assistance.
You can also donate pet food to the Kansas Food Bank Warehouse to be distributed to pantry locations that have requested it.