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Big Rise in Pet Food Assistance Requests ... Can You Help?

The Marin Humane Society is appealing to the community to replenish the supply of canned cat food to assist hundreds of Marin pet guardians in need.

The Marin Humane Society is experiencing a 20 percent increase in requests for pet food assistance this September — most notably for canned cat food — from low-income seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS, and those receiving hospice services.

Society SHARE (Special Human-Animal Relationships) volunteers regularly deliver donated pet food to more than 350 companion animals in Marin, but critically low supplies of canned cat food are affecting program capacity to assist an increasing number of clients with cats. Donations may be delivered to the shelter lobby (171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato).

“We’ve seen requests for pet food and supplies rise steadily over the last several years as our troubled economy has put a strain on seniors and others on a fixed income,” says Darlene Blackman, Community Programs Manager. “We are asking our generous community for donations of canned cat food so that we can keep up with this particularly popular demand.”

The Marin Humane Society’s SHARE program provides a lifeline for more than 220 low-income people and their pets in times of need. Assistance is offered in the form of pet food, veterinary care, home visits, and emergency boarding for pets in the event of hospitalization of the client.

Clients such as 98-year-old Missy are grateful for the assistance they have received from the Marin Humane Society SHARE program. Living on a fixed income has made it challenging to make ends meet, and the cost of cat litter and food was stretching Missy’s budget thin. Since reaching out to MHS, Missy has been receiving regular deliveries of free cat food and litter. Being able to provide for her animal companion who gives her so much joy has made a world of difference to Missy, who can’t imagine life without her animal companion.

Says Blackman, “The bond between people and pets is strong, which is why the Marin Humane Society is so committed to a program that is helping to keep good friends together.”

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Denise Scoles Olson October 02, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I'm in. I am going to buy some canned food today at Safeway since they always seem to have a sale anyway. Thanks for letting the public know.
Margaret Stafford October 02, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Yes, thanks for letting the public know. I'll be contacting the Humane Society first thing in the morning.
Audrey October 03, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Bought a case of food at Costco today. Will be bringing it by Tues (they are closed Monday's). This is an amazing organiztion. Please help if you can.
Sally Ann Scotto October 03, 2011 at 06:44 PM
This is such a great way to assist people and their beloved pets. I will definitely be bringing some cat food to the Marin Humane Society.
Marin Humane Society October 03, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Thank you everyone!
Magoo October 03, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Bring your own reusable shopping bags to the Whole Foods at Blithedale and donate your bag credits at that Whole Foods, not the one on Miller as it is a different charity.
MillValleyMom October 05, 2011 at 01:51 PM
If you want to donate but don't have time to shop and deliver, Amazon has free delivery for some of their cat food if you buy at least $25 dollars worth. The total cost was a few cents less than if I bought the cat food at Safeway on sale.

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