WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 15-21, 2010)

ANIMAL WELFARE

More Food Banks Helping to Feed Pets.” By Stephanie Strom. New York Times. March 19, 2010. The exploding demand among the needy for food banks is rapidly expanding to desperate pet owners who can no longer afford to feed their animals, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Animal shelters around the country are being flooded with hungry pets, and to tackle the problem, charitable organizations are setting up pet food banks, with products offered within regular food pantries. “One of our goals is to keep pets in their homes if we can,” said Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a nonprofit that works to find ways of limiting the number of animals in New York City that are euthanized. “It’s heartbreaking when an animal has to go to a shelter simply because its family doesn’t have the money to feed it.” The Mayor’s Alliance is working with the Petco Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the pet store chain, to build a national network of pet food banks supplied in part out of donation bins that Petco is putting in its stores.

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