FHS reports overwhelming community support for animals for holidays

Published 9:21 am Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Some of the more than 2,800 pounds of dry cat food Foothills Humane Society received in less than two days after sending out a plea. Food helps feed pets owned by people served through the Meals on Wheels program. (photo submitted by Selena Coffey)

Foothills Humane Society (FHS) said it has received “amazing support” after a recent grassroots plea for dry cat food to assist in its partnership with the local Meals on Wheels Program. Meals on Wheels is one of the many community programs supported by FHS. The Meals on Wheels program provides home-delivered meals and services to people in need. Many of the people served by this program have pets that enrich their lives and have become part of their families, yet they do not have a means to acquire food for their pets. FHS partners with Meals on Wheels to fulfill this need by providing the cat and dog food that is sent along with the delivered meals. The FHS board of directors sent out emails and posted flyers with local media outlets on Thursday, Dec. 22. FHS has received more than 2,800 pounds of dry cat food in less than two days. Executive Director Selena Coffey, who has been busy finding space to store the cat food until it can be delivered, commented, “The compassion demonstrated by people in this community over the last 24 hours has been overwhelming! Personally, it makes me proud to be a part of this community.” FHS board members and volunteers have been on site assisting people in unloading their donations and thanking them for their continued support. FHS President Emily Clark said, “This community has always been very supportive of us, but the care and concern for the animals is even more evident after seeing the number of people donating to this cause.” FHS also regularly provides cat and dog food to families in the area that cannot afford to purchase food but want to keep their animals at home as part of their “Keep ‘Em Home” Program. Providing dog and cat food to people in need reduces the number of homeless animals in the community by allowing people to be able to afford to keep their animals at home as opposed to turning them into the shelter during the current difficult economic times. – article submitted by Selena Coffey