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Between the end of May and mid-July, Rescue Bank delivered more than 246,000 pounds of pet food to to distribution centers serving shelters and rescue groups in Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
Among the deliveries were more than 59,000 pounds of pet food for organizations in Oklahoma dealing with the aftermath of May’s tornadoes and storms. These included the Cargo Ranch in Dale, Oklahoma, and The Animal Resource Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Cargo Ranch received horses recovered after the Shawnee tornado that touched down on May 19. This Oklahoma nonprofit also mentors at-risk youth at its equine rescue facility.
Groups around the nation use Rescue Bank’s contribution to supplement their food budgets. “We oversee the receipt and distribution of donated pets food products to 35 approved rescues and pantries in Oklahoma,” said Edy Bauer of Pets & People. “These donations of pet food are a blessing. They allow these struggling nonprofit groups to focus their financial savings on rescuing and helping more animals.”
Food donations during this period came from Mars Petcare US, Inc.; Mars Horse Care US, Inc.; Royal Canin USA; and The Nutro Company.
This corporate support allows Rescue Bank to deliver pallets of pet food to central distribution points for pick-up by staff or volunteers from shelters, rescue groups, and other nonprofits assisting pet owners and rescued pets.
Funding from The Animal Rescue Site helps underwrite the cost of distribution, paying for trucks and equipment necessary to move these pallet loads of pet food out of warehouses and factories to the groups who need it most. With this support and other donations from GreaterGood and The Animal Rescue Site, Rescue Bank has been able to expand their program from the Southwest region to more than 30 states annually.
Visitors to The Animal Rescue Site can support Rescue Bank's efforts to expand their deliveries by contributing through a click at The Animal Rescue Site or a donation through GreaterGood.org's Gifts That Give More.
Organizations interested in Rescue Bank's future distributions should check their website: www.rescuebank.org.
Photo from Pet Angels Rescue at an earlier 2013 distribution expresses the gratitude that groups feel for this support.