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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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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Debby   Littleton, North Carolina

3/30/2013 5:32:13 AM

I am a facility that keeps many dogs for a local rescue that pulls many dogs from a kill shelter. I'm sad to say but the dogs have only 72 hours. We stay very busy getting them placed in other areas that don't have a kill shelter & we do get some placed locally to. I was wondering if there is a way. To get Merrick dog food donations for this local rescue

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Lucy   Nesbit, MS

8/31/2011 10:54:37 AM

I have worked at the DeSoto County Shelter in Nesbit, MS for two and a half years and am searching desperately for donations of "good" food. The county provides us with food from our local co-op, but we need better food for our puppies and sick dogs that won't eat anything else. Ulnfortunately, we are not a no-kill shelter, but our needs are the same. We try to get every animal adopted and to give them as much time as possible, but food is one of the costs that determine how long we can keep animals before we must euthanize them.

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Debbie   Chauncey, OH

7/18/2010 11:17:39 AM

You probably will never know just how great what you are doing really is. I am so thankful for people like you.

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