Pet food bank opens at P.A.W.S
May 21, 2019---2:15 P.M.
Public Animal Welfare Services (P.A.W.S.) is pleased to announce the opening of their Pet Food Pantry thanks to a $5,000 grant from Maddie’s Fund. This pet food pantry will be open to members of the public deemed to be within financial need. The goal of this program is to reduce the numbers of animals needing to be surrendered due to financial hardship.
P.A.W.S. accepted 3,136 animals between May of 2018 and May of 2019. A large percentage of these animals were owner surrendered. Many of these owner surrenders could have been avoided if infrastructure was in place at P.A.W.S. to help pet owners to overcome struggles they are having to be able to keep their pets.
Thanks to training provided to P.A.W.S. through the Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life Program, P.A.W.S. was able to craft a pet-guardian resource program that would work for our community. P.A.W.S. plans to continue addressing inequity and lack of access to pet resources for people experiencing poverty by establishing programs and services like the pet food bank that meet the needs of pet guardians.
P.A.W.S. will offer many basic supplies for both cats and dogs as well as limited supplies for other species. As this program grows, P.A.W.S. hopes to make other services accessible to underserved Floyd county residents as well. P.A.W.S. hopes to expand this program rapidly over the next three years, culminating in the creation of a veterinary program for underserved pets and pet parents.
“We see many animals surrendered by people who would love to be able to keep them, but their finances do not allow it. We hope that by offering this program, we will be able to see more pets stay with the people who love them the most-their owners.” Said Jeffery Mitchell, Director, Public Animal Welfare Services.
Maddie's Fund is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a prmise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat.