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A Rescue Bank truck with 38 pallets of pet food (36,165 lbs.) had already arrived in Oklahoma when the tornado warnings began.
Rescue Bank contacted their Oklahoma City affiliate, Pets and People Humane Society, last night after the tornado hit communities just south of the city. Hardest hit was the city of Moore. "Pets and People have been involved in assessing pet-related needs and disaster response since yesterday afternoon," reported John Kane, one of Rescue Bank’s founders, this morning. "Just prior to the storm, we made a delivery of Nutro. That load is now being distributed to groups responding to the disaster."
Principal pet welfare response groups include the Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma city, led by Kim Pempin, and the Animal Resource Center (ARC), which is operating a triage/collection center.
“Both are past Rescue Bank recipients,” said Kane. “We've worked with Kim for several years.”
The Nutro Company is a leading manufacturer of natural pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialty stores. The company has been making premium pet food for more than 86 years and is dedicated to quality, excellence and innovation in dog and cat nutrition offering healthful formulas for every pet's life stage, activity level and size.
Photo of John Kane and friend at earlier Rescue Bank distribution, courtesy of Rescue Bank.