Renfrew County comes together to help animals in need

When the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre had the chance to obtain a big donation of pet meals this spring, they didn’t need to cross on the chance to assist extra people who find themselves struggling to feed their animals.  Inside just a few brief weeks, they watched the neighborhood come collectively to make one thing unbelievable occur for animals in want in Renfrew County. 

To assist hold animals with the households who love them, the Renfrew County Animal Centre has been working a pet meals pantry for the previous yr. Up thus far, meals has been saved within the animal centre and stocked by donations from the neighborhood, native pet meals shops, and volunteers amassing from grocery shops. This spring they had been excited to simply accept a big donation of meals from Vetdiet®. The query of the place to place the meals got here subsequent.  

Neighborhood help floods in 

Heather Jobe, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator on the Renfrew County Animal Centre, started wanting into storage choices for the donation. With 16,000 kgs of meals on the way in which, the best choice gave the impression to be a delivery container. Jobe started reaching out to neighborhood contacts to see who would possibly be capable to assist make this occur and was amazed by the response. 

First, Make Area® Storage in Pembroke provided the usage of considered one of their delivery containers by their initiative, Make Area® Cares, which helps meals banks. Due to the scale of the donation, one delivery container wouldn’t accommodate the total load, so Jobe additionally reached out to Cassidy’s Shifting and Storage, which additionally provided the free use of a delivery container.  

“There’s so many logistical items to this initiative,” says Jobe. After securing delivery containers, the following step was to get them moved to their location and unload meals from the transport truck. 

Enter Ryan from North Algonquin Towing, who transported one of many delivery containers totally free to the animal centre. Cassidy’s Shifting and Storage provided house for the opposite on their property. At this level, Jobe says they contacted some native companies to assist unload the meals and earlier than she knew it, Justin from McCrea Excavating Ltd. arrived along with his heavy tools, together with Owen from Mike’s {Hardware} Doorways & So A lot Extra, with a pallet jack in tow. The 2 males spent the following 4 hours unloading 16,000 kgs. of pet meals. 

“Essentially the most wonderful factor for me is that each single individual I approached didn’t cost a cent for something, and this concerned some fairly massive commitments from these corporations. It was wonderful,” says Jobe. 

A widespread affect 

In response to Jobe, this massive donation will enable the Renfrew Animal Centre to assist extra pet households within the Renfrew County space by new partnerships with meals banks   

“The intention is to not sit with two sea cans filled with meals; it’s to now get it the place it’s wanted,” says Jobe. 

Day by day, Jobe says calls are available in from folks asking for help from their neighborhood meals pantry to feed their animals. The animal centre additionally works carefully with seven meals banks and 5 rescue teams. As well as, the Renfrew County meals pantry is a component of a bigger distribution community the Ontario SPCA has throughout the province.  

“This nice massive donation that simply got here in, that’s simply the beginning. If an organization is dedicated to assist higher serve and meet the wants of their neighborhood, I actually imagine that that is simply the beginning of many extra nice issues to return, says Jobe, “Animal wellbeing is a neighborhood effort, and collaboration like this has such an amazing, optimistic affect on the wellbeing of animals and other people in our neighborhood.” 

If you happen to or somebody you recognize in Renfrew County wants a serving to paw feeding their pet, please attain out to the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre at [email protected] 

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