It’s always nice when companies give back to the community, and it’s especially nice when that giving is directed at pets. Banfield Charitable Trust, the charitable arm of Banfield Pet Hospitals, has been running its Season of Suppers™ program since 2006. Since its inception, the program has collected more than 50 tons of food to help feed hungry pets nationwide and helped start or sustain more than 150 pet food distribution programs.
The challenging economy is making it more difficult than ever for vulnerable pet owners to feed the pets they love so much. Banfield reports that they are experiencing a growing number of requests (pleas really) from struggling pet owners – especially seniors—who can’t afford pet food. This is forcing them to share their limited human food supply or consider the heartbreaking option of surrendering their pets.
This year, Banfield Charitable Trust aims to collect 70,000 pounds of pet food and more than $100,000 in monetary donations to feed hungry pets. And here’s how you can help:
- Like Banfield Charitable Trust on Facebook and a pound of pet food will be donated for each like .
- Make a pet food or cash donation at any Banfield Pet Hospital between November 1 and December 31. Small bags and cans are preferred as they are easier to transport. Find a hospital near you.
- Contribute online. A $30 donation will feed one pet for an entire month.
- Organize a pet food drive at your workplace, church, or school. Contact Banfield at 503-922-5801 so that they can coordinate with a local hospital or community organization for delivery of the pet food you collect.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.