The cat is out of the bag, and starting to run low on food. Much like toilet paper and cleaning supplies at the beginning of the pandemic, the US is now seeing a shortage of pet food. There are many reasons for the shortage, including overzealous shoppers, bad weather, COVID-19 delays, and a massive rise in pet ownership.
Pet food manufacturer Royal Canin recently released this statement online:
“We take full responsibility for this, and deeply regret the impact that these issues may have on you and your pets that we are so privileged to feed,” Royal Canin said. “We have experienced incredible growth in demand for our products at a time when a broader global crisis is putting additional strain on all of us.”
Big box stores included Petco have also been affected. The company states that there have been 3.3 million new pets in U.S. homes since the start of the pandemic.
“Due to overall Covid-related disruption to the production of goods, it's possible pet parents may not find a specific item or flavor of wet food for cats on the shelf on a given day,” Petco said. “However, Petco locations carry a vast nationwide assortment of wet food for cats and have plenty of options readily available.”
According to The Pet Food Institute, a trade association representing most of America’s pet food manufacturers, “Pet lovers should ensure they have at least two weeks’ worth of food while only purchasing the amount of food they regularly would need.”
Community outreach has always been an important part of what they do Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, but now more than ever they are supporting local food banks and shelters with supplies to help pet parents care for their animals. The organization collects and organizes food as well as supplies to distribute them on a regular basis. Through this program, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter provides much-needed support to those struggling to feed their pets. You can help support our endeavors by making a donation below or by ordering food items from our Amazon or Chewy Wish Lists.
“It is important to pay forward the kindness of our community who is extremely generous with food donations to our shelter,” said Lorri Caffrey, Executive Director. “No donation is ever wasted and will help struggling pet owners keep the animals that they love and care for.”
For almost 50 years, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter has been providing exceptional care for homeless animals, working tirelessly to find a permanent, loving home for every cat and dog it serves.
Their priority is to save abandoned animals within our community; however, the efforts don’t end there. They also partner with shelters around the country to save at-risk animals from being euthanized. Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter envisions a community of people and organizations committed to working together to eliminate the occurrence of abused, neglected and homeless animals.
Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that is solely funded by contributions, grants, and bequests. Donate today at http://www.njshelter.org/givenow.
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