Helping feed the animals in need
Countdown supermarkets nationwide are encouraging customers to donate pet food to a new SPCA Community Pet Pantry initiative, to help the SPCA feed animals.
Collection bins have been placed near the front of Countdown supermarkets, with every can, pouch or dried food gratefully received by the local SPCA, whose inspectors ensure they go where they are most needed, including responding to animal welfare emergencies, natural disasters, or helping keep pets with owners in unexpected financial hardship.
SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen said the organisation came across situations where pets were going hungry, and was often called upon when families were under extreme stress.
“Owners make a lifelong commitment when they adopt an animal, so the thought of not being able to feed their pet adequately is hugely stressful,” she said.
“SPCA Community Pet Pantry donations will be used for our inspectors’ work in the community, will be gratefully received by SPCA foster families, who give a temporary home for sick and injured animals, and will provide support for pets impacted by natural disasters.”
Countdown launched the Community Pet Pantry by donating Checkout operator Lynelle Bond arrived from Australia in January to meet her partner’s family, fell in love with the Far North and stayed. She’s dropping cat biscuits into the SPCA Community Pet Pantry at Countdown Kerikeri.
more than 2000 tins and pouches of its own brand dog and cat food to the SPCA. General manager corporate affairs and sustainability Kiri Hannifin said it was one way the company could help to support animals.
“We know that our customers care a lot about their fellow Kiwis, and that includes pets as an integral part of our families,” she said. “A simple tin or packet of cat biscuits when you’re at the supermarket is an easy way to help keep animals fed, happy and healthy when they most need it.” People Potential has won this year’s Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand’s Provider of the Year award.
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