KWSPHS Update on the Emergency Pet Food Bank

Hi there animal lovers!

I continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the support that we are receiving from our community. Thank you! In these uncertain times, it’s comforting to know that you are standing behind us.

It’s clear that our community is looking out for us, and now we’d like to further help you. We recognize that in the coming weeks more pet owners may face tight financial times as a result of closures and layoffs.  As a result, we want to ensure that people and pets can remain together in the face of this crisis.

Next week, along with our community partners, we will be supporting the launch of an Emergency Pet Food Bank in both Waterloo Region and Perth County. These food banks will provide much-needed supplies of cat food, dog food, small animal food and bedding, and cat litter to pet owners who need support at this time.

The Emergency Pet Food Bank for Waterloo Region is an initiative under the Waterloo Region Pandemic Planning Committee. The group spearheading the food bank is comprised of individuals from KWSPHS, KW Pet Food Bank and the Cambridge & District Humane Society. The temporary Emergency Pet Food Bank will be located at 55 Franklin Street South in Kitchener. Anyone who is looking for assistance with food and supplies for their pets are encouraged to call our dedicated number at 226-220-7885 and place an order.  (An email will be provided shortly on our website at kwsphumane.ca). Food and supplies will then be packaged for pick up and instructions will be provided to make sure that we continue to observe the social distancing recommendations. Orders for food and supplies will be taken starting Tuesday April 14th, with pick-ups starting Thursday April 16th. Pick-ups will be by appointment only. 

The Emergency Pet Food Bank of Perth County is an initiative organized and executed by our very own Stratford Perth Humane Society (SPHS). The food bank will be housed in SPHS’ education room at 125 Griffith Road in Stratford. Our phone and email opened for orders yesterday, and pick-ups begin on Thursday April 16th. Anyone who is looking for assistance is asked to call 519-273-6600 ext 258 or email amber.gaynor@kwsphumane.ca and state “FOOD BANK REQUEST” in the subject line. Instructions will be provided at that time for pick-ups and social distancing measures. Pick-ups will be by appointment only.

With a growing number of people impacted by the spread of COVID-19, we know that the upcoming weeks and months may not be easy. While many of us are working from home or waiting to get back to work, we are incredibly lucky to have the unconditional love of our pets. We want to ensure that those who need support have access to it, because their pets belong at home with them.  

How can you help? Please help us to share this message in your community so we can reach those who truly need some assistance at this time. 

If you’d like to support the Emergency Pet Food Bank initiative in your community you can donate products (cat/dog/small animal food, small animal bedding and cat litter) at either of our centres in the donation bins outside the main doors. You can also make a donation through our website to help us purchase supplies. Please just indicate that your donation is for your community’s Emergency Pet Food Bank. 

Again, thank you to everyone who has supported our life-saving efforts during this time. We would not be able to make an impact in a person’s or pet’s life without you. 

Sincerely,
Nick Burke, Senior Manager of Development
& Fitz, Squeaky Toy Enthusiast