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SaskSPCA Pet Food Bank Secures Warehouse Space, Made Possible by Funding From PetSmart Charities of Canada

News, Pet Food Bank

June 20, 2024

(Saskatoon, SK – June 20, 2024) Today, on Pet Food Bank Day of Awareness, the SaskSPCA is excited to announce the acquisition of a 3,700-square-foot warehouse space for pet food storage. PetSmart Charities of Canada has provided a one-time $30,000 grant to assist the Society with warehouse rent, marketing, and administrative expenses.

“This funding allows the SaskSPCA Pet Food Bank to expand our program to meet the growing demand for proper pet nutrition in Saskatchewan,” explains Josh Hourie, SaskSPCA Communications Coordinator. “Over the years, we have found ourselves scrambling to find appropriate space to store large-scale pet food donations; now, though, we are in a position to have secured long-term access to a suitable warehouse space, and we are ready and able to accept any donations that may be offered to the SaskSPCA Pet Food Bank.”

The PetSmart Charities of Canada grant also led to the creation of educational pet health flyers developed in partnership with a local veterinarian. The topics covered were determined by pet food bank service users and their questions. Each flyer provides basic information on dental health, vaccinations, deworming, spaying and neutering, microchipping, signs of illness, teething, and nutritional needs for puppies and pregnant and nursing dogs. Each month, Pet Food Bank distribution partners can provide a new educational resource to their clients.

“Everyone deserves the special love of a pet, even when times are tough,” said Kate Atema, Director of Community Grant Initiatives at PetSmart Charities of Canada. “When families face hunger, their pets often do too. We’re proud to support our partners at SaskSPCA. When they connect pet parents with necessary resources, together we can ensure more pets stay in their loving homes.”

Thanks to our network of partners, we have established 20 distribution locations in 15 communities throughout the province. The SaskSPCA Pet Food Bank currently operates in Carlyle, Foam Lake, Fort Qu’Appelle, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Maple Creek, Martensville, Meadow Lake, Melville, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Nipawin, Prince Albert, Rosthern, Saskatoon, and Swift Current.

Click here to learn more about the SaskSPCA Pet Food Bank, including how to access the program or donate.

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For more information:

Josh Hourie, Communications Coordinator
SaskSPCA
639.571.7722 | josh@saskspca.ca

Tasha Woodhouse, Family Ties Coordinator
SaskSPCA
306.382.7726 | tasha@saskspca.ca

About the SaskSPCA:

The SaskSPCA is the voice for animals and their people. We educate and promote the well-being of animals, strengthening the human-animal bond. As change-makers, we advance policy with a focus on ensuring the sustained humane treatment of animals. Our collective efforts improve the lives of animals today and into the future.