For many years, animal food banks have been a part of communities around the world. Food banks work to address the problems of food insecurity. As a result, people don’t have to choose between feeding themselves, their children or even their pet.
Access to food is a human right but food insecurity will continue to exist as long as poverty does.
- Usually people who rely on food banks do it because:
- They are low to no income
- Experience hardships
- They have no way of feeding themselves or their families.
But what if these same people have pets? They’re worrying about where their next meal is going to come from. And this worrying extends to their pets.
This is where organizations such as ours, the Animal Food Bank, comes into play. Our organization and other similar around the world aim to provide pet food and resources to owners in need.
These types of organizations help communities. They do it through ensuring people to keep their pets healthy and happy. Also, they help eliminating the possibility of people surrendering their pet.
Alleviates stress from human food banks
The Animal Food Bank has a goal of growing nationally to ensure pets and their owners all over Canada are in good hands.
Animal food banks are usually non-profits that operate with the help of volunteers. This is why community support is essential for them to operate.
As long as animal food banks are part of society, they will alleviate the stress from human food banks. This will allow human food banks to focus on feeding their priority – humans.
Before animal food banks were established, lots of the people who could not feed their pets would turn to regular food banks. While lots of food banks offer animal food; they prioritize human food which means they sometimes will not have what a pet owner is seeking.
Keeping pets with their owners
If all communities had access to an animal food bank, more pet guardians would be able to keep their pets. When it comes to food insecurity, ultimately a pet owner will have to give up their pet if they cannot keep it fed.
The Animal Food Bank wants to fill all the gaps to ensure nobody has to give up their beloved furry friend.
In order to do this, the Animal Food Bank teams up with existing organizations to make sure all pets are taken care of.
In addition to this, the Animal Food Bank works to share knowledge in an effort to end the stigma surrounding pet ownership. People and pets belong together so it is important that organizations work to prioritize that.
Education and collaboration
Sharing knowledge and first-hand experiences with the community helps people put aside their preconceived notions that some people don’t deserve their pets because they are struggling to feed them. Pets deserve help no matter their guardians financial circumstances.
The Animal Food Bank advocates for education, bylaws and policies that recognize and support the bonds between a person and their animal companion stronger. Pets are barriers to some social services for both the homeless and those who are living with no to low incomes.
The Animal Food Bank is working with other animal and social service agencies to change that. If animal organizations, pet owners, landlords, veterinarians, rescues, social services and policy makers can work together, pets and their owners can continue to live life safely and securely – making the community they live in a better place.
Improving the quality of life for pet owners
Animal food bank organizations help animals have more stable and consistent lives, but they also greatly improve the life of the animal owners who use their services, and reduce the strain on other social services.
Aside from keeping an animal properly fed, owners have to also worry about veterinarian bills, exercise needs, training and more.
By eliminating food insecurity for one’s pet, this allows owners to focus on these other important factors. Pet owners who are experiencing uncertainty in their lives can focus more on themselves and their challenges if their pet is fed and happy.
Its proven true that people who own pets will often take better care of themselves to ensure their pet is living a fulfilling life.
Animal food banks help communities by improving the quality of life of pet owners.
They alleviate the stress from other organizations and services, provide education, and end the stigma surrounding pet ownership among different demographics.
But most importantly, animal food banks keep pet owners with their beloved pets.