Monday, June 15, 2015

Pets of the Homeless Foundation & Alberta Animal Services Need Your Help to Keep Pet Families Together

Pets of the Homeless and Alberta Animal Services

Red Deer Alberta – Tuesday June 09 Alberta Animal Services and the Red Deer Food Bank have joined forces and have become a part of “Pets of the Homeless” program a nonprofit organization that focuses on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of the homelessWe are reaching out to Canadian manufacturers and distributors of pet food for donations of new, late dated, or food products with damaged packaging that will not make it onto store shelves.  These donations will assist local pet families who need a hand in ensuring their pets stay healthy and can remain with their loved ones.

     The program is an ongoing North American effort to regularly supply donated pet food through food banks to local people who cannot afford to properly provide for their pets.  Over the course of a year, millions of people become homeless in North America and as the economy worsens the numbers will increase.  Most people who experience homelessness (80 percent) are homeless for a short period of time and usually need help finding housing or a rent subsidy.   But, unfortunately for those with pets, it becomes more difficult.  The disadvantaged are forced to choose between their pet and a roof over their head.  Surprisingly, most choose to stay on the streets with their pets for longer periods of time.  Their pets are their comfort, provide an emotional bond of loyalty, and are nonjudgmental.  It is estimated that one in four homeless and disadvantaged people have a pet.  Pets of the homeless do not choose their guardians.  A difference can be made to aid these defenseless pets.  
 Pet food can be donated at Alberta Animal Services 4640 61 Street Red Deer AB or at their Adoption Centre Located inside the Red Deer Petland. For more information call 403-347-2388. The disadvantaged can obtain assistance and pet food at the Red Deer Food Bank 7429 49 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4P 1N2 (403) 346-1505   

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