Twenty-nine branches of Huntington Bank are collecting pet food to benefit the non-profit Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank. The goal is to collect up to 5,000 lbs. of food.
Pet overpopulation is a significant problem nationwide, and more and more pets are being surrendered to animal shelters or simply abandoned as a result of foreclosure, unemployment and the economic downturn. Animal shelters, rescue groups and animal control facilities are already overcrowded, and a large increase in owner surrenders can lead to more animals being euthanized simply for lack of a home, according to Humane Ohio Marketing Director Jill Borkowski.
Humane Ohio offers two programs to help pet owners during tough financial times: Low-cost spay/neuter to all Ohio and Michigan pet owners; and the pet food bank, which makes pet food available to pet owners in need in Lucas, Wood and Monroe counties. In 2012, Humane Ohio distributed almost 70,000 pounds of pet food through this program.
“The Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank makes sure that pets in our community do not go hungry, it helps pet parents keep their pets even in tough financial times, and it helps ensure that pet parents do not have to share their own meal with their pet and go hungry themselves,” said Borkowski.
K100 and Huntington Bank are holding a pet food drive to benefit the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank from February 11th – February 23rd. People who wish to support the pet food drive can donate wet or dry food at 29 Huntington Bank branches throughout the Greater Toledo area, including Bowling Green and Lambertville (for a full list of participating branches, visit the news page of www.humaneohio.org).
“Humane Ohio relies solely on pet food donations from the community to keep the pet food bank stocked and ensure that we do not have to turn anyone in need away,” said Borkowski.
An 81-year-old woman with a limited income, said Borkowski, recently wrote a letter of appreciation to Humane Ohio for its food bank, which helped feed her two cats.
Dry and wet dog and cat food donations can also be dropped off at Humane Ohio, 3131 Tremainsville (Toledo 43613), anytime between 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. People who are in need of low-cost spay/neuter or pet food should call Humane Ohio at 419-266-5607 or visit www.humaneohio.org for more information. The Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank also makes bird food and small animal food (like hamster) available when possible, and helps provide food to people who are caring for free-roaming cats and implementing TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).