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Pet food banks help those hit by floods and tornadoes

Rescue BankEven as regular food banks saw an surge in demands for help following devastating storms and floods throughout the United States, charitable organizations distributing food to shelters and pet owners also received new calls for assistance.

Rescue Bank immediately swung into action after tornadoes struck Joplin, Missouri.The group coordinates the transport and distribution of food donated by pet food companies to areas that need it most.  Mars Petcare US asked Rescue Bank to supply the Joplin Humane Society and identify other groups to distribute product where it was needed.

Within twenty-four hours of receiving the Humane Society assignment, Rescue Bank had picked up the first load and dispatched it to Joplin. "Within forty-eight hours, we identified and arranged a second truckload to the Coalition for Animal Response and Rescue Missouri in Holden, MO," said John Kane of Rescue Bank. "From that warehouse, CARR-MO is supporting regional shelters receiving animals displaced by the Joplin tornado.  In addition, they are providing direct support to the Sedalia shelter, which is responding to the tornado that hit their town three days after the Joplin disaster. In addition, CARR-MO is coordinating groups that are in position to respond to Missouri River flooding as the crest moves downstream."

The donations from Mars Petcare US, makers of PEDIGREE [r] Brand Food for Dogs and WHISKAS [r] Brand Food for Cats, filled two trucks with more than 70,000 pounds of pet food for these areas.

Rescue Bank is a "click beneficiary" of The Animal Rescue Site’s homepage purple button. Each click on the purple "Click Here to Give - it’s FREE" button at The Animal Rescue Site generates a donation for Houston-based Rescue Bank’s distribution of pet food and supplies to shelters, pet food banks, and rescue organizations. These funds are distributed in the form of grants by Visitors to The Animal Rescue Site also can support their work through the Gifts That Give More [tm] program.

Other groups are working with local food banks and other distribution points to help pet owners feed their animals and reduce the chance of pets being surrendered to shelters.

"Typically, when disasters happens, support immediately rushes in. A few weeks later, they leave. That is when we are coming in to continue the help and support, " said Ann King, executive director of Save Our Pets Food, in a recent thank you letter to after receiving a $16,000+ grant in May.

Save Our Pets is serving northwest Georgia, east Alabama, and Tennessee, areas that were all "devastated by the recent storms," said King on June 12. "We are buying pet food with the money you donated to give out this week to those in need in the hard hit areas."

Save Our Pets Food receives assistance through the Gifts That Give More [tm] program at The Animal Rescue Site.

Photo of volunteers at Houston food distribution courtesy of Rescue Bank.

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