Five Reasons Why Donating Dog Food to a Shelter Makes a Difference
Image by Hilary Benas / Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue
Each week on Save Our Shelter, you’ll find we make sure to donate healthy food to the shelter or rescue organization we feature. Why does Save Our Shelter and DOG for DOG feed dogs in need? Here are five reasons feeding shelter dogs makes a huge difference:
1. To Helping a Rescue Stay in ‘Business’
Not so fun fact: Villalobos Rescue Center (most well known as the team behind Pit Bulls and Parolees) feeds their 250 rescue dogs 700 pounds of food every single day. That’s over $300,000 of dog food a year. If Villalobos can get every bowl of food donated, that’s $300k they can save and put towards operating costs, like kennel upkeep, staff salaries, and vet bills.
2. Keep Shelter Dogs Healthy
Sometimes shelters do get donations of dog food from community members or companies – sometimes this is expired food, or food that is not made in the USA, lower quality and not as healthy. Rescue dogs, more than any other dogs, need to be nourished! Their immune systems are constantly under attack. Stress from being in a new environment can also hurt their immune systems, so having high quality, natural dog food is ideal!
3. Keep Dogs Out of the Shelter
Some shelters have a shelter prevention program and assist dog owners in financial crisis who may think surrendering their animal is the only option. Donations of food and basic supplies can be the difference between a dog safe in his home and one left by a loving family in a shelter.
4. Gives a Dog a Chance to Meet the Right Family
Imelda Suriato from I’m Not a Monster, works her tail off (pardon the pun) every year to raise donations for shelters across the US over the holiday season. Why? She says, “One bag of food means a dog has a full belly, is vetted to stay healthy, gets socialized and also gets to meet prospective families. It is a mighty bag of food because it saves and makes lives.”
5. It’s a constant reminder to do good.
When you buy your pup their dog food and drop a bag off at a pet food bank, OR even easier, switch your dog food over to DOG for DOG’s DOGSFOOD, every time you pour your pup a bowl, you know you’re also pouring a bowl for a shelter dog. There are little things we can do on a daily basis that really do make a difference in the lives of others. And the good you do rubs off on others! Not only will a rescue know that you have their back, your community will feel it, too.