Donations of pet food and supplies can be taken to 516 W. Second St., in Antioch, for direct distribution to the homeless with pets. Deliveries can also be made to local food banks, homeless shelters or homeless encampments. The program is an ongoing national effort to regularly supply donated pet food to local people who cannot afford to properly provide for their pets.
Over the course of a year, millions of people become homeless with numbers rising. Approximately 80 percent of those who experience homelessness are homeless for a short period of time and usually need help finding housing or a rent subsidy. But unfortunately, for people with pets, it becomes more difficult, forcing them 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 pets.
More than 19,529 pets have been medically treated through the assistance of Pets of the Homeless, and 606.22 tons of pet food is collected and distributed. There are more than 400 donation sites nationwide. Pets of the Homeless has provided more than $1,040,252 in emergency veterinary care to pets of the homeless.
Furry Friends Pet Relief accepts pet food donations year round. For more information, call 360-733-5120 or call Pets of the Homeless at 775-841-7463 or go to http://furryfriendsfoodre.wixsite.com/fffr or https://www.petsofthehomeless.org/