Pet Food Maker Offers Shelters Food Donations

Merrick Pet Care donates thousands of pounds of pet food to small, no-kill shelters.

Posted: January 22, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Merrick Pet Care President and CEO
Garth Merrick sits in a truck full of the company’s pet food. Merrick Pet Care has been donating truckloads like this to no-kill
animal shelters across the U.S.

As of Jan. 1, pet food manufacturer Merrick Pet Care had donated about 400,000 pounds of pet food to 16 no-kill shelters in the past several months as part of a more formalized effort to assist homeless animals.

President and CEO Garth Merrick said the Hereford, Texas-based company has always lent a hand to animals in need but, in light of the economic recession, opted to become more structured in its giving.

“Because more people were abandoning pets, the needs went up and that’s when we made it more of a formalized process,” he said.

Since March 2009, Merrick has shipped one truckload of pet food per month to shelters from California to Florida. Each truck carries 40,000 pounds of wet and dry pet food, which is distributed among the various shelters.

The company is targeting smaller, no-kill shelters that do not necessarily have the means to promote themselves and secure funding.

“Part of what we’ve been able to do is get local retailers to recommend shelters, because we couldn’t go to each shelter and see the conditions,” Merrick said.

After six months, the company reviews its commitment to determine if the shelters’ needs have changed.

“Merrick would like to do everything in our power to help the caring individuals that take it upon themselves to care for these abandoned animals,” Merrick said. “We are committed to making a real difference in the lives of these animals and will continue to do so as long as possible.”


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Marsha   LaPine, Oregon

11/22/2015 11:08:15 PM

We are a private sanctuary that provides love and a permanent home to cats that we have been unable to re home do their special needs. We have spent 42 months volunteering for trap neuter return of Feral cat colonies. We have helped many community members and elderly who are unable to help the stray, abandoned, and Feral cats near their home o as well as their own pets they can no longer care for. We have helped hundreds of cats in these colonies in our town and surrounding areas. We have found many barn homes for nearly 200 cats and at least 50 kittens and about ten tame adults a loving home. We strive to rehabilitate and give special needs care to the many cats that call our wooded acres their home. We have fostered and given medical attention to those in need. Our project this winter is to provide additional shelter and care for the many under our wing. We ask for any help you may be willing to offer of kibble food. We have a very limited budget caring for at least 30 cats at one time (though we have had even more) Please help us keeps our doors open to those in need. Your help will be so much appreciated. Thank you.

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Natalie Tucker   elberton, GA

2/24/2015 11:10:41 AM

Hi, I am with Hart County Animal Shelter inc. , We are a small no-kill 501 (c)(3) rescue. We struggle with all of our cost, due to being in a small town. We were receiving plenty of food donations from Wal-Mart, but recently they have changed their way of doing things. They now mark down and sell the busted bags of food. Unfortunately it could not have come at a worse time. We have just been hit with over 100 dogs due to, two separate hoarding situations and with well 3 grand in vet bills looming we are in dire straights. I would be happy to give you what ever you require to be able to receive a donation of food. Please any help you can give we would appreciate, even if it was only a 2 bags of food. We are desperate and will be begging on the corners before long. We are trying very hard to help these animals so that they can have a chance at life, the life they deserve after being fed rotten diseased chickens, mauled by other dogs, invested to the point of dying from parasites, and left to freeze while tied on chains.

I want to thank you for taking time to donate to the animals in need.

Natalie Tucker

Hart County Animal Shelter inc.

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michael chance   Harlingen, Texas

9/18/2014 9:58:05 AM

To whom it may concern.thank you for your support.I need help with my animals,I have a pet rescue,take in starved animals,abused,frightened animals of all kinds.I shelter,feed,and offer them,medical care,most of all love.I currently have over 34 animals that was all close to death.I pay for all there needs,but I need help in food donations.I got your information thru Human Society in Washington,D.C.Please I need help with food.9564720449.God Bless you from me and my animal friends

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cathy   victoria, Texas

4/30/2013 2:25:38 PM

victoria trap nueter and return traps feral cats. they are health checked, given shots, spay/neutered and ears are tipped and taken back to the colony where someone is feeding and giving water to the colony. The kittens of feral moms with moms are taken to a care shelter and given alll the care that is needed to keep them healthy. The kittens are then up for adoption and the moms are fixed and taken back to the colony. They are finding elderly people feeding colonies who are not eating themselves because the money is going to the animals. We really need help with feeding these animals cat/kittens/dogs. Outside and in animals must be fed. Please help. Thank you. We have done from 3-11 to 4-13 2,200 cats.

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