Saskatchewan SPCA launches Emergency Food Bank to help feed starving pets

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WATCH: The Saskatchewan SPCA has created an emergency pet food bank to help owners who are struggling to afford meals for their animals – Nov 23, 2020

With more people having a hard time making ends meet amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, a new program from the Saskatchewan SPCA aims to help pet owners struggling to feed their animals.

The SPCA has launched the Emergency Pet Foodbank program, which will see some foodbanks in smaller centres stocked with cat and dog food in December.

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Right now the program is looking for financial donations to get off the ground.

The SPCA says many people have been making tough decisions around their pets.

“They’re feeding their pets before they’re taking care of their own nutritional needs,” said community relations coordinator Josh Hourie.

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“We’ve also heard stories of families that have had to make the decision to surrender their pet to a shelter or a rescue group.”

While the Emergency Pet Foodbank program will primarily offer cat and dog food, Hourie said people with other animals can contact the SPCA and it will see what it can do.

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The program will start in eight communities: Carlyle, Fort Q’Appelle, Maple Creek, Melville, Moosomin, Nipawin, Rosthern, and Swift Current.

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