Pet food pantry offers help
Written by Kathy Crawford — kathycrawford [at] npgco [dot] com
Thursday, 16 April 2009
The economic crunch has forced many people to make tough choices as they cut the household budget — including decisions about family pets.
The Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS), Excelsior Springs Friends of Animals and KattyShack, a cat rescue organization in Smithville, have joined forces to start the Northland Pet Food Pantry to help families in financial trouble until they get back on their feet.
Peg McKee, founder of KattyShack, said she decided something needed to be done when calls kept coming in from people who cannot afford to keep their pets.
“They have to make a horrible decision,” McKee said. “I tapped my friends, and that’s how we got started.”
Goldie Arnold, NAWS president, said that local shelter and rescue groups are at full capacity. Home foreclosures and job losses have forced pet owners to surrender their pets so people can continue to pay for basic needs.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) warned in a recent newsletter that the financial crisis could grow into a serious animal welfare issue. Executive Vice President of ASPCA Programs Dr. Stephen Zawistowski said “an estimated 500,000 to one million cats and dogs are at risk of becoming homeless.”
The Northland Pet Food Pantry, which McKee said is the first of its kind in the Northland, will be under the umbrella of NAWS. It is a nonprofit organization, so any donations are tax deductible.
Smithville volunteer Jennifer Fulton said that donations of money and food are being accepted at area drop-off sites. The pantry accepts dog, cat, bird and any other type of pet food.
“We are simply here to help people who have fallen on hard financial times to be able to feed their beloved pets,” Fulton said.
Distribution is planned to begin the first weekend in May. Fulton said they are suggesting that those in need of food contact the pantry first so they can determine how much food is needed.
If a family is in desperate need of food before the beginning of May, people can call the pantry. Fulton said the pantry has a limited emergency stock.
For more information about donations or assistance, visit northlandpetpantry.com, call 820-5829 or e-mail nawshelpspets[at]yahoo[dot]com.
PET FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF SITES
- Animal Attic, 6010 N.E. Antioch, Kansas City
- Animal House Groomer, 409 E. U.S. Highway 69, Claycomo
- Animals in Need Thrift Store, 2520 N.W. Vivion Road, Riverside
- Blakeley’s Dog Grooming, 6701 N.E. 48th St., Kansas City
- Claycomo Animal Hospital, 5608 Eugene Field Road, Kansas City
- Foxwood Animal Clinic, 4704 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City
- In-As-Much Ministries, 11202 N.E. Missouri Highway 33, Liberty
- Jackson Animal Clinic, 14205 Missouri Highway 92, Platte City
- Patriots Bank, 4438 N.W. Gateway, Riverside
- Platte Woods Animal Clinic, 5901 N.W. 72nd St., Kansas City
- Reece and Nichols, 9601 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City
- Reece and Nichols, 230 N.W. Barry Road, Kansas City
- Reece and Nichols, 6300 N. Lucerne Ave., Kansas City
- The Dog’s Spot Training School, 7620 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City
- Vintage Plaza Veterinary Hospital, 2360 Vintage Court, Excelsior Springs
FOOD PICKUP SITES
- Animals in Need Thrift Store, cat food available now
- In-As-Much Ministries, beginning Friday, May 1
reprinted from Liberty Tribune website