As animal lovers we all know how much comfort and strength we get from our pets during hard times. Lockdown is no different; our pets will always be there for us, even when we can’t see family or friends. However, the difference in lockdown is that many people are out of work, or furloughed with reduced pay, and finding it hard to make ends meet. They need to pay rent or mortgage, utilities and food for the humans in the household, which leaves very little to feed their furry family.
Enter Pet Food Bank!
At the start of the second lockdown, Elly King set up a community support organisation called Pet Food Bank. Her aim is to help families in need look after their pets so that they don’t have to give them up to a rescue centre when times are tough. She is single-handedly organising donation collections and drop-offs and is reliant on support from fellow animal lovers and volunteers.
Elly sadly lost her mother very quickly to cancer earlier this year, and she was supported through such a tough time by some local charities with food parcels. She was so touched by the generosity of others, but noticed that there was no equivalent for pets. As her pets are Elly’s world she couldn’t imagine having to give them up during the hardest time of her life, and so she wanted to make sure others weren’t put in that position.
Support So Far
Since setting up Pet Food Bank Elly has helped 27 families in High Wycombe and surrounding areas who are struggling to feed their pets at this time. Not only do the animals have full bellies, but they are able to stay with their beloved family. This stability for the pet also means that the humans have the continued unconditional love from their companions.
How To Get Involved
Elly has been industrious in getting support for families in need and has set up a Facebook page, a PayPal address for donations and an Amazon wishlist which will send purchases direct to her for distribution.
And now Unique Pets has joined forces with this wonderful community project to help with donations! It couldn’t be easier to support Pet Food Bank – simply add a 2kg bag of Simpsons dog food to your online order and receive 35% off its full price using the discount code “FOODBANK“. We will then deliver your donations to Elly free of charge for distribution to those in need.
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