Donations keep pets fed and in the care of their owners this holiday season
Starting December 1, Veterinary Specialty Hospital, (VSH), kicks off its annual holiday pet food drive to help keep families and their pets together. Although this is the season for holiday cheer, many families throughout San Diego have a difficult time feeding their human family members, let alone their furry companions. In partnership with the San Diego Food Bank, all dog and cat pet food items will be donated and distributed within the community to benefit San Diego families and their four-legged friends.
During these times many will share what little food they have with their pet, and others will be forced to make the decision to surrender their pet. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats) each year. Today, families still find themselves struggling financially and must make the painful decision to give up their beloved pets to shelters because they cannot afford to feed them or to care for them. The ASPCA estimates that 7.6 million companions enter shelters nationwide each year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
Last year we collected 4,500 pounds of pet food. This year we have set the goal of donating 5,000 pounds. By supporting the pet food drive, San Diegans will feel the holiday giving spirit, knowing that they are helping other pet owners who are financially struggling. The drive is a great way for the community to come together to help the four-legged dogs and cats that are in need this holiday season.
Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of the North County or San Diego Veterinary Specialty Hospital locations. Donations will be collected from December 1 through January 2, 2017.
For those who prefer online shopping, and might be too busy to make a trip to one of our hospitals, we encourage you to shop online and have food shipped directly to us. Most pet food stores will ship for free! Please donate today!