National Pet Food Drive Underway

Animal lovers can help feed needy dogs and cats across the United States through a holiday campaign to help senior citizens feed their hungry pets.

By | Posted: Dec 6, 2013, 3 p.m. EST

dog food bowlsThe eighth annual food drive, which runs through Dec. 31, involves the Banfield Pet Hospital chain, the company’s charitable arm, food manufacturer Royal Canin USA and toy maker Kong Co.

The food drive has multiple goals: raising awareness about pet hunger, collecting pet food and assisting senior citizens with the care of a companion animal.

"Pets play an invaluable role in the lives of people who face difficult life circumstances,” says Dianne McGill, executive director and CEO of Banfield Charitable Trust in Portland, Ore. "It is our hope that people will gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing senior citizen pet owners and how lack of food is contributing to the overcrowding of shelters in every community. Spreading the message and making a donation will enrich and save lives.”

The public may help in three ways:

  • Go to Facebook.com/RoyalCanin.us to take a pledge to end pet hunger. Royal Canin, based in St. Charles, Mo., will donate 1 pound of pet food for every pledge made.
  • Donate money at BanfieldCharitableTrust.org or at a Banfield Pet Hospital. The cash will assist local Meals on Wheels pet food programs. A donation of $10 or more will send a Kong Classic toy to the pet of a Meals on Wheels client.
  • Donate bags and cans of dog or cat food at a Banfield Pet Hospital.
"Nutrition is the foundation of good health for both pets and people,” says Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, Banfield’s chief medical officer. "As a practice, our focus is making a better world for pets through preventive care, and we are committed to ensuring the pets of home-bound seniors receive proper nutrition to live long and healthy lives.”

One senior citizen who needs pet food is a Florida woman named Alice, who calls her dog Lucky a source of comfort and joy.

"Lucky was at my husband’s side constantly,” Alice said. "Now that my husband has passed, Lucky is my best friend and companion.”

Royal Canin is guaranteeing the donation of 30,000 pounds of pet food, plus up to 20,000 additional pounds based on the Facebook pledge taking.

"We are committed to promoting the well-being of cats and dogs, while also helping their owners through this pet food drive,” says Dr. Brent Mayabb, corporate affairs director at Royal Canin USA.


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