The Pet Food Bank is the heart and soul of The Pongo Fund. A no frills warehouse packed with thousands of bags of super-premium and nutritious dog and cat food. Staffed by a volunteer driven team that numbers more than 100. It is a place filled with love. Love and food. Food that stands at the ready to be shared with those struggling to keep their own pets fed. Because when people must choose what to cut from their grocery lists, pets often are among those that suffer most.
And for those who can’t afford to keep their pets fed, the consequences are greater than just an empty stomach. Many pets will be surrendered to already overburdened shelters, many more will be abandoned. Finding new homes for these pets are never guaranteed. Families will be torn apart and lives will be lost, simply because there’s not enough money to buy pet food.
But that’s where The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank comes in. Because we’re solving that problem head on by providing emergency pet food assistance for the hungry pets of people when they need us most. When both they and their pets are hungry. Hungry people who turn to us by the thousands every month for help feeding their hungry pets when there is nowhere else to turn. Because their pets are family too. And by helping feed their pets, that means the people will have more food for themselves. Plus a few dollars remaining to pay for some of life’s necessities.
The difficulty of keeping pets fed used to be a problem limited primarily to the homeless community. But not anymore. Because the hungry pets of the homeless are being joined more and more by the hungry pets of people who simply are having trouble making ends meet…middle-class folks pummeled by the economy, white-collar workers recently laid off; the unemployed, the underemployed, single parents, heroic victims of domestic violence, proud war veterans, the disabled, fixed income seniors and more.
Imagine an 82 year-old grandmother with a 16 year-old cat named Whiskers that is her only family. A cat who means more to her than anything else. Which is why she gives up her own lunch to feed Whiskers. At least that’s what she did before she found us. But now we provide cat food to keep Whiskers fed, so she can enjoy her own lunch to keep herself fed. And that 82 year old grandmother? What if she were your grandmother?
And that’s exactly why we’ve created The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank; Oregon’s only full-time pet food charity. It’s a genuine gift for the entire community…lending a hand when times are tough. And we’ve also been able to facilitate the spay and neuter for more than 1,000 of those pets. Vaccinations and veterinary care too.
With the generous support of a variety of suppliers including Canidae All Natural Pet Foods, The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank has provided more than 21,000,000 lifesaving meals for more than 175,000 hungry and beloved animals throughout Oregon, Washington and beyond. Allowing them to stay safe at home and out of the shelters. Because sometimes, a simple bowl of kibble is the force that both keeps a family together and saves the lives of the animals they love.