The holiday season is often a time to think about those in need, including pets. In this edition of Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza tells us about the growing trend of pet food pantries.
Often times food pantries include pet food for families. However, food pantries specifically for pets seem to be popping up across the country.
Hardeko Pet Food Pantry was started in 2009 by Ruth and David Sturgis after they recognized the need to help feed pets in their neighborhood.
Ruth said, "We did a little research and found out that at that particular time they forcasted 10 million animals in this country would be put down and have a displaced home basically. So we felt the need to shift gears from helping just shelters and rescuers, to actually reaching out into the community and saying what do we need to do? What can we do to help you keep your loving animal at home? We are feeding probably a ton of food a month, I would guess, about 2,000 pounds a month, that equates to almost 500 animals that is fed every month through Hardeko."
The Hardeko pet food pantry is a non-profit organization, and is funded by private donors and fundraising events throughout the year. You can also make a tax deductible contribution any time throughout the year.
In some cases, a donation could mean the difference between families keeping their pets, or having to give them up.
For the person who has everything, you can make a donation in their name and pick up a t-shirt. All of the proceeds benefit the Hardeko Pet Food Pantry. For more information about Hardeko, visit their Facebook page. You can also make a donation by mailing your contribution to 309 South Main Street in North Syracuse, or by calling (315) 410-1278.
For information about receiving food stamps for your pet, visit www.petfoodstamps.org.