It’s a really tough decision, having to choose between food for yourself and food for your pets.
It’s a scene The Pet Food Pantry’s Candace Beaty is all too familiar with.
“So, like Meals on Wheels, those clients, they would take their one meal they get a day and the first thing they do is they divide it in half and give half to their pet and they eat the other half,” said Beaty, organizer for The Pet Food Pantry.
But sharing food isn’t healthy for the pets or the pet owners.
“So, we want to be that barrier where they don’t have to do that. We want to connect them with nutritious food for their pets and let them keep their human food,” said Beaty.
In 2010, she took over the pet food pantry and currently serves over two thousand dogs and cats.
“We provide free pet food and supplies to low-income seniors, veterans, homeless, disabled, and domestic violence shelters. In addition to that program, we also go out into the communities two to three times a week and give pet food to anyone in need,” said Beaty.
They also help with other pets when they are able.
“We in addition to that do help with birds and any other animals that we get the feed in for, right now we’ve got some horse feed,” said Beaty.
Sandra Rowark uses the pet food to take care of the cat around her home. She had the cats spayed, and with the food, she is able to assure they eat.
“I appreciate their help and I really hope people realize the good they are doing,” said Rowark.
Pamela McNulty is a dog lover and uses her home as foster home for dogs and she gets attached them very easily.
“Well, I have five dogs so it’s very important for me to get it, where all my dogs can get fed and everything,” said McNulty.
For Beaty, this is far more than just feeding pets.
“It feels good to know that these people are going to be able to pay their utilities. That they are going to be able to buy their prescriptions. That they are going to be able to eat their own food, and let us take care of the pet needs,” said Beaty.
The Pet Food Pantry relies on donations. If you would like to donate or see where they will be next, visit their website www.pfpokc.org.