Pet Food Banks Are Important
Pet Food Banks Are Important
Our entire mandate since our start in 2019 is keeping happy, loved pets with their guardians.
When COVID hit we saw the light shine on the gaps in the lack of services and supports for pets of low-income and homeless populations.
Pet food banks are not funded.
Pet food is not a mandated service by people food banks. They may, or may not provide it. If they do it may be done well or not done well. They, in my experience over the last two years, do not treat the pet as their client where as we do.
We are now seeing organizations like Humane Canada - who refused to provide us funding when doing their promotion for Pet Food Banks and raising 80,000 at the onset of COVID - catching on the importance of keeping pets with their families. We see the Winnipeg Humane Society understanding the importance too. This is a great step forward.
What isn't a great step forward is the continued exclusion of organizations like ours. We believe in collaboration. We also believe that if organizations like Humane Canada, Humane Societies and SPCA's continue to silo their operations from others, and continue to expand services, we will be no further ahead.
Leave the area experts to be area experts and work collaboratively to drive change and make impact.
Pet Food Banks, like the AFB, should be brought to the table to handle, oversee, manage and execute the provision of pet food and supplies to pet guardians in need to prevent the surrender of the pets, the releasing of them, or their neglect. This includes not only providing crisis intervention but funding to stabilize and educate our clients, and our team, to provide a hand out of poverty. We know this work inside and out. Animal Welfare Orgs do not.
Animal Welfare Organizations should be brought to the table to handle, oversee, manage and execute the welfare and prevention of cruelty of animals. Humane Canada, the SPCA's and Humane Societies know this work inside and out. We do not nor so we want to.
Rescues should be brought to the table to handle, oversee, manage and execute programs to help prevent the over-population of pets and also work front line in communities with dog and cat overpopulation.
There is room for all of us, and we will get so much further working together.
The best example We want a voice for the public to understand that when the animal welfare organizations are asking them for money, they are not doing to share it with the organizations making impact. Some will say that is because we are not a charity - I will argue with if we were we could not act as quickly as we do. There is nothing stopping a charity from hiring us to deliver services and by doing so, they fund the very services they cannot effectively provide themselves. And in doing that, they allow their organization to focus and make impact in the very core services they were originally created to solve.
If the current charitable model (of the last 400 years) has taught us anything - it is that it doesn't work.
Help us drive a model that does and eliminate the need for pet food banks everywhere. I would like nothing more than to drive ourselves out of business.