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Idaho Humane Society opens pet food pantry for those impacted by COVID-19

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 09:19:39-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Humane Society (IHS) received a Pet Food from GreaterGood.org to provide pet food assistance for Idaho. The food will go to individuals affected by COVID-19 in the Treasure Valley and be a pet food bank for shelters and organizations across Idaho.

The local distribution of pet food is part a nationwide donation effort that GreaterGood.org is using to help pet communities across the United states impacted by the pandemic.

The IHS Pet Food Pantry is a year-round safety-net program designed primarily to provide resources to struggling pet owners in need of assistance through a monthly distribution. Owners needing assistance can sign up for the program online. Applicants may email pfp@idahohumanesociety.org if they can’t make it during the upcoming distribution dates at the Dorman shelter:

  • April 29 (Wed) 3 pm – 5 pm
  • May 3 (Sun) 11 am – 1 pm
  • May 27 (Wed) 3 pm – 5 pm
  • June 14 (Sun) 11 am – 1 pm
  • June 24 (Wed) 3 pm – 5 pm

“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors across Idaho who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and look forward to assisting even more families and animals through this generous grant," relayed Kristine Schellhaas, communications manager at the Idaho Humane Society.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis, while also affecting pet parents so it is our duty to step in and offer assistance on a national level by creating a network of relief distribution centers with our local animal shelter partners while also supporting them,” said Liz Baker, CEO for GreaterGood.org.

Organizations and shelters in need of pet food assistance can apply online. If community members would like to contribute food to the Pet Food Pantry, IHS is in need of wet cat food. Wet dog food, small training treats and cat and dog food in bags of 20 pounds of less for elderly families receiving Meals on Wheels are also needed.