Can you donate pet foods?
If you or a loved one has allergies or a medical condition, you can donate pet treats, pet food or pet toys to help the needy.
Pet food donation drives typically involve individuals who are at least 14 years old.
To donate, you’ll need a prepaid debit or credit card, a bank account and an email address.
The Humane Society of the United States and the National Animal Hospitality Association are helping with the effort.
If your friend is under 18 and has allergies, the Humane Society recommends contacting your local health department.
You can also donate pet toys online, but it’s important to make sure you’ve followed the guidelines.
Pets can be given a full medical exam, and the shelter recommends a medical checkup before giving them food or toys.
“If they are given a proper medical exam and do not have any issues, they should be allowed to take home the treats and toys,” the Humane League’s Jennifer Beilman said.
Beilman noted that while some dogs have special needs, most have not been diagnosed with allergies.
According to the Humane Association, the most common allergies are: anaphylaxis (fear of death) and anaphrodisiac (anaphylactic shock).
Puppy mills are also common in pet food donation programs.
Some charities that provide food donations to pet owners have also partnered with Petco, but Beilmans group is the first to specifically target pet food donations.
Donors can donate to pet food banks through the Humane Supply Chain, which is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the purchase of food for animal shelters, food banks and pet food pantries.
This group’s website explains how to donate pet supplies, including pet treats and pet toys, pet supplies for pet food stores and pet supplies that can be used for food banks.
It’s a good idea to contact your local animal shelter or animal shelter adoption center to make arrangements.
In addition to food donations and pet treats donations, pet lovers are also encouraged to take photos of pets and post them on social media sites.
That way, a loved ones cat or dog can be featured on a viral video.
The Humane League is encouraging people to be respectful and humane.
If you see something in the news that needs to be taken care of, please reach out to your local media.
Visit the Humane Supplies Chain’s website to donate pets or pet supplies to animal shelters and food banks: Animal shelters, pet stores, pet shops and pet stores can also use a pet food bank to distribute to the needy, the shelter’s director, Julie Toth, said.