From Lincoln County Animal Shelter – Laura Ireland
Over the last few years, every animal shelter has seen an increase in people needing to “rehome” their pets due to economic hardship. In addition to experiencing this trend, the Lincoln County Animal Shelter has also seen an increase in demand for our food bank program. For the last decade, the Pet Food Bank has become a safety net that has helped keep furry family members fed, and has on more than one occasion prevented a family from having to surrender their treasured pet permanently.
Additionally, in partnership with Meals On Wheels, over 1,000 pounds of pet food is distributed to seniors throughout Lincoln County. Many times, because of their love and devotion, people will share their food with pets–dogs and cats who are sometimes a homebound senior’s only family member. Pet food donations help keep companion pets, and our citizens, well-nourished and healthy. These important programs are in place only because of food donations from the kind-hearted folks of our county.
One bag of dry cat or dog food, no matter how big or small, can make a difference between a family keeping their pet or surrendering them. Partially used bags that Fido or Fluffy turned his nose up at are just as good as something brand new—families in need don’t care as long as it means that their furry family member can stay with them.
Please help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter keep families united and pets home for the holidays by dropping in a pet food donation today! Food donation bins may be found in Newport at the Animal Shelter, Pick of the Litter Thrift Store, and JC Market, and in Lincoln City at the News Guard and Coast Pet.