Although it 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. For the sixth straight year, we are asking San Diego residents to help by donating pet food to our annual Holiday Pet Food Drive. All dog and cat pet food items will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank to be distributed to a dozen local nonprofit partners including local soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, rehabilitation centers, low-income day care centers, and disability programs 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 1.5 million animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 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 6.5 million companions enter shelters nationwide each year. Of those, approximately 1.6 million are dogs and 1.6 million are cats.
Last year we collected 11,293 pounds of pet food. That is over 5 ½ tons of pet food that went to families throughout San Diego County to keep their pets and families together! In addition, we received $5,725 in cash donations for the purchase of additional pet food. This year’s goal is 15,000 pounds and we can do it with your help. 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.
Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of the North County or San Diego Veterinary Specialty Hospital locations. Other donation sites include some of our referring partners: Academy Animal Hospital, All Creatures Hospital, Banfield Pet Hospital Solana Beach, Bird Rock Animal Clinic, Del Mar Heights Veterinary Hospital, Governor Animal Clinic, Kensington Veterinary Hospital, Poway Animal Hospital and the North County Credit Union (Rancho Bernardo).
Donations will be collected from November 27 through January 5, 2018. For those who prefer online shopping, or might be too busy to make a trip to one of our locations, please shop online and have food shipped directly to us (most pet food stores will ship for free) or use our easy online tool. Please donate today!