Today the Sacramento Pet Food Bank is little more than a bare floor with dusty corners, as its stock of pet food, cat litter, collars and pet beds is all gone. On the flip side, the Sacramento County animal shelter – one of the groups that help coordinate the food bank – is full to bursting with adoptable animals.
Having far too much and far too little is a very bad combination, particularly with these two organizations.
When times are tough economically, more people give up their pets because they simply can’t afford to care for them. A large number of those animals ultimately end up at the Sacramento County and City animal shelters.
In too many cases the animals have not been spayed or neutered, so the shelters end up with entire pet families to handle and find homes for. Adopters, of course, are hard to come by because of the very same financial woes that filled the shelters in the first place.
Talk about a Catch-22.
The biggest concern is that this no-win situation keeps multiplying.
The volunteer-run Pet Food Bank, also known as Titanic’s Pantry, gives pet food and supplies to people who need some help economically. The hope is that those people can then keep their pets rather than having the animals end up in a shelter.
- Click here to learn about donating to the Sacramento Pet Food Bank.
- Click here to learn about adopting from the Sacramento County animal shelter.
Everything the Pet Food Bank gives out is donated by members of the community or by local businesses. Unfortunately business is slow for many people and work is hard to find – so the food bank can barely get enough donations to stay open.
With less pet food available from the food bank, more people give up their pets and take them to shelters. With fewer people able to afford pet care, there are fewer pets adopted from the shelters.
With more animals and less adopters, employees at public shelters are forced to do the thing they hate the most – they must euthanize healthy, loving animals.
The Pet Food Bank and the Sacramento County shelter need help today. They are asking people to donate what they can, even just a little bit of pet food, supplies or money to buy them. Every bag of kibble helps to keep a pet with their family instead of a shelter.
And if you can provide a loving home to a pet or two, please visit the shelter or check out their adoptable animals on Petfinder.
Let’s work together to reverse those numbers and have empty shelters and fully stocked food banks.
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