The Saskatchewan SPCA announces today the establishment of the Saskatchewan Emergency Pet Food Bank (SEPFB) with an aim to keep families, including the furry members, together during the COVID-19 pandemic. In conjunction with the launch of the SEPFB, a dedicated fundraising campaign in support of the Food Bank also launches today.
In collaboration with Food Banks of Saskatchewan, the Emergency Pet Food Bank will serve pet owners in need of assistance to ensure their pets’ nutritional needs are met.
“We know that pet owners can find themselves in difficult situations trying to decide whether to feed themselves or their pets first,” explained Josh Hourie, the Saskatchewan SPCA’s Community Relations Coordinator. “Our goal is to make sure all members of the family are getting what they need as it relates to daily nutrition. Ideally, we will prevent families from having to decide whether they keep their companions or surrender their pet to a shelter or rescue.”
The Saskatchewan SPCA is appealing to residents of Saskatchewan to support the Emergency Pet Food Bank by making a donation to the program. All proceeds to the Emergency Pet Food Bank will directly support the program and our goal of helping pets and their people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To donate online visit www.SaskSPCA.ca/food.
To date, eight Saskatchewan food banks have signed up to participate in the program. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the program will be adapted as needed, which may include the addition of more food bank partners.
Participating food banks in Saskatchewan:
- Carlyle & District Food Bank
- Fort Qu’Appelle Food Bank
- Maple Creek Food Bank
- Melville & District Food Bank
- Moosomin Food Share
- Nipawin Salvation Army Food Bank
- Rosthern Good Neighbours Food Centre
- Swift Current Salvation Army Food Bank