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Posted byAli Wilkins | Charity news

A little help for local pet owners to feed their pets

As the cost-of-living crisis continues, there is huge demand for foodbank support across the UK. We know that many local pet owners have been hit hard by rising food prices and are struggling to afford to feed their pets, so we are pleased to have donated £500 worth of pet food to Bath Foodbank.

We hope that this pet food donation will help provide food for local cats and dogs and relieve some of the financial pressures faced by pet owners in the Bath area. 

Our donation came via a grant from the RSPCA Pet Food Bank Partnership which, in collaboration with other charities, aims to direct pet food donations to existing food banks and community groups distributing emergency food parcels. 

The grant enabled us to deliver 108kg of quality dog food and 27kg of quality cat food to the foodbank which will be included in emergency food parcels for owners to help feed their pets.

Typical example of a pet food donation parcel

Bath Foodbank is a Trussell Trust Foodbank and provides emergency food parcels to local people in crisis. The foodbank is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions of food and funds. Over 56,000 kilograms of food was issued last year by their three centres at Manvers Street Baptist Church in Bath, The Lighthouse Centre in Twerton and at St Philip and St James’ Church, Odd Down.
  
Grainne Moher, Bath Foodbank Manager for Genesis Trust said: “We are meeting more and more people needing to use the foodbank who also have pets to care for, particularly people finding themselves in this situation for the first time. We understand that pets are part of the family and need to be taken care of, and so we always try to provide for them too when preparing our food parcels. For some this could prevent them having to make the difficult decision to give up their pet.”  

Rachel Jones, Chief Executive at Bath Cats and Dogs Home said: “We are really glad to be able to make this donation to our wonderful local foodbank and to help get quality pet food directly to those pet owners who need it the most. 

We’d encourage anyone in the Bath area to contact us for information and advice if they are worried about being able to keep their pets. Our aim is to keep pets in their loving homes wherever possible."

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