According to an Associated Press article, food pantries have seen a 50% increase in need for free dog and cat food. We can’t forget our companion animals during this economic downturn, so make sure to bring some canned cat and dog food and birdseed next time you visit your local food bank!
Excerpt from the article, posted on June 2:
Diana Bardsley wiped tears from her eyes as she recalled taking food off her plate to feed her beloved spaniel Hunter and two Siamese cats.
Her greatest fear: that she could be forced to surrender the animals as she struggled to stretch her food stamps and Social Security income to meet the escalating cost of living.
Some hope was restored after she visited a local food pantry, which has started offering free pet food to help owners keep their animals out of shelters.
“I know a lot of people will probably say, ‘Well, if you don’t have enough money to be able to feed your animals, that you shouldn’t have pets,’” said Bardsley, 53, of Franklin, as Hunter played in the living room with three of her grandchildren.
But, “Just because financially you may go downhill a little or a lot, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up the part of your family that you love,” she said.
Made my cynical heart warm. It’s people like Diana who give me hope for this world!