Local Pet Food Bank in Scottsdale Feeds Your Furry Friends

Unexpected hardships may leave families struggling to find the resources to care for the family pets. Pets are an important element of the family circle and should be able to remain with their owners. The P.E.T. Food Pantry in Vista del Camino offers a place for pet owners to procure food and supplies to keep their pets out of the shelters. We are always looking for donations for the P.E.T. pantry and needed items can be found on the Vista del Camino pet food list.

Caring for Pets During a Hardship

Owning a pet can bring so much joy and laughter to a family throughout the years and can give companionship to all family members. Pets offer loyalty and are steadfast friends that bring comfort and stability their owners. Stress levels are known to be reduced by having a pet nearby and can also add the benefit for exercise for those that take their pets out for walks or playtime.

Sadly, when struggling with a job loss, sickness, or unexpected emergency, a family may find they don’t have the extra funds to feed or care for the pet as they did before. Often, a family pet must be sent to a shelter in the hopes that a new family will be able to afford the cost of care. Of the 7.6 million dogs and cats given to shelters, 2.7 million are euthanized each year. Roughly 50% of these pets that enter the shelters are there due to a residence not allowing the pets to life changes such as death, divorce, or job loss (ASPCA, 2017).

Vista del Camino’s P.E.T. Food Pantry

At SCP, Vista del Camino Food Bank and Animal Guardian Network, we believe that pets should stay with those that care and love for them, keeping a family together. Not only does keeping a pet with its family prevent a feeling of despair in an already difficult time, but it helps keeps these special companions out of the shelters and at home, where they belong. Together, we have established the P.E.T Food Pantry.

An acronym for Pets Eat, Too, the P.E.T. Food Pantry is an extension of the Vista del Camino Food Bank. The P.E.T. food pantry is available for those part of the Vista del Camino community that have met with our counselors to determine which opportunities we offer are most suited for them. Keeping families together, including the four-legged type, is extremely important to us and to keep our community functioning at its best.

If you are dealing with a difficult financial situation, please contact Scottsdale Community Partners or Vista del Camino directly and we will work with you to determine the right plan of action to meet you and your pet’s needs.

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