Pet food bank saving animals during pandemic

The need for help for poor pets has skyrocketed during the economic downturn.

Food insecurity has been a major problem during the pandemic. Unemployment has increased, income has dropped, and people out of work have had a hard time feeding themselves and their families.

That problem has trickled down to our pets as well.

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WMUK reports that the Kalamazoo Humane Society has seen a spike in demand for its pet food bank. The organization said it gave out more than 50,000 pounds of pet food in 2020, supporting dozens of people newly in need.

“We have been helping a lot more people who have lost jobs and lost their income due to all the closures and businesses closing,” said Director of Community Connections Julie Barber.

That’s a big help to people who are struggling. Ultimately, it allows them to keep their pets until they’re able to get back on their feet. That has the knock-on effect of keeping abandoned pets out of the Human Society’s shelters.

The food bank operates from 10am to 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Support is available to anyone with a need regardless of income.

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