null We've teamed up with Foodbank to provide vulnerable owners with food for their pets
We've teamed up with Foodbank to provide vulnerable owners with food for their pets
Two of our London branches have teamed up with their local Foodbank to help provide a regular supply of pet food to vulnerable owners during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Pets are very much a part of our families. Some pet owners are concerned they may not be able to provide pet food if they become sick and need to self-isolate, cannot afford to buy pet food, or if there are on-going food shortages. This means many people are turning to foodbanks for help.
Teaming up to tackle the crisis
The Wimbledon Foodbank has joined forces with our Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Sutton Branch as well as our Balham and Tooting Branch, forming an RSPCA Pet Foodbank team. They'll deliver pet food to those who need it and are calling on their kind supporters to help fund the initiative.
Over one million people have applied for Universal Credit since the Covid-19 lockdown began, and we understand that people may be worried about continuing to care for their much-loved pets. By providing people with pet food, our local branches hope they can do their bit to help keep people with their pets through this difficult time.
People left with no money to feed themselves after buying pet food
Ali Hellewell - one of our Trustees and situated at the Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Sutton Branch - said:
We know that this is a challenging time for everyone and that some pet owners are extremely worried about continuing to care for their pets through the Covid-19 crisis.
We hope to ease some of that pressure by teaming up with the Wimbledon Foodbank to provide pet food for the pet owners who are most in need. Even in the midst of a pandemic we are a nation of animal lovers and the Foodbank has seen people in difficult times who have chosen to feed their pets over feeding themselves, which shows why this service is so important.
We cannot do this alone, however, which is why we're asking animal lovers to donate to help us get pet food to those who need it the most.
Support from a generous community
Jon Featherstone, Chair of the Wimbledon Foodbank, said:
We're currently providing three days of food packages for up to 150 people a day and we estimate that around 20% of those are pet owners. Ourselves and the RSPCA are keen to help people stay with their pets, who often provide much needed emotional support through this difficult time.
We know now is the time for the community to pull together. We're doing our bit to help pet owners across South London and are appealing for our kind supporters to help us, by making urgently needed donations via our Pet Foodbank Crowdfunder.
The branches have already received generous donations of pet food from Pets at Home and we're in discussions with other businesses as well. We're working closely with Jon and the Foodbank network, with a view to expanding in various locations beyond South London over the next few weeks.
Shoppers at Pets At Home New Malden are able to donate items at a collection point in the store.