[Note: This article first was published on sister site Greenwich Free Press.]
On Monday, at Pet Pantry Warehouse‘s Greenwich location, Adam Jacobson, Joshua Roth and Ari Jacobson received an award from an Armonk, N.Y.-based dog rescue group for their continued support of the shelter through a program that delivers food to the adoptable canines.
The supplier of dog food for the New Canaan Police Department’s K-9 unit and others, Pet Pantry has been involved with Adopt-A- Dog as a major sponsor since the Puttin’ on the Dog in 1988, but three years ago, the store, which has expanded to multiple locations over the years, furthered their support by creating “Feed the Need.”
“Feed the Need” is a food drive that makes healthy food from Blue Buffalo available to shelter dogs. And, the impact of having this grain-free food does not go unnoticed by Adopt-A- Dog Executive Director Kristen Rice.
“When I first started working at Adopt-A- Dog, shelter dogs were served whatever food was available,” Rice said. “Feed the Need provides a consistent diet, and we can see that the dogs have a healthy coat.”
No dog gets left behind in this healthy diet, so Adopt-A- Dog goes through 86,000 pounds of food per year. Rice said, “At any given time there are 30-35 dogs at the shelter. Pet Pantry’s Feed the Need provides healthy food to all the dogs for free. They also offer us toys and beds at a heavily discounted price.”
Rice said she is thankful to Pet Pantry. “They have been tried and true in our community,” she said. “The guys at Pet Pantry share our philosophy. They treat every dog equally, regardless of whether or not they have a home.”
Pet Pantry customers or anyone else interested in supporting Feed the Need can pick up a “Feed the Need” voucher at Pet Pantry Warehouse. It will be scanned at the register and ensure a bag of healthy Blue Buffalo dog food will go to Adopt-A-Dog.
Pick up a donation voucher at any Pet Pantry store location and present it at the checkout to make a donation of Blue Buffalo pet food. Just one 6-pound bag of food will feed a rescue dog for one week; a 15-pound bag for two weeks and 30-pound bag for 1 month. Help Us, Help Them and Join “Feed the Need.”