HUMANE SOCIETY PARTNERS WITH HOUSE OF BLESSING TO HELP PEOPLE AND PETS IN THE CITY OF STRATFORD
STRATFORD, ONTARIO: The Stratford Perth Humane Society (SPHS) is expanding their crucial Pet Pantry program to support more people and pets across Perth County. In 2020, SPHS launched an Emergency Pet Food Bank to support pet owners after identifying an urgent need for the service during the pandemic. Now, the Humane Society’s Stratford location will be growing that service to bring pet food and other essential supplies to where people are already accessing food bank programs.
“Going into the new year, we decided to make our food bank program a permanent one, and transitioned the name to “The Pet Pantry” at both our Kitchener and Stratford locations,” stated Kathleen McCaughey, manager of community programs, The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth (HSKWSP). “We also knew that we wanted to form partnerships and offer food and supplies to existing programs in the community. We are so happy that House of Blessing was interested and we’re thrilled to work together to support people and pets in Stratford.”
Running entirely on donations, people can access food and basic pet supplies, including litter, small animal bedding, collars, leashes and more through the program. The goal is to ensure that people and pets can remain together, even when faced with a crisis. Support can be accessed directly from House of Blessing or the Humane Society’s Stratford location.
“We are so grateful to partner with the Stratford Perth Humane Society through the Pet Pantry program. Pets are an important part of a family and with this partnership we can ensure those who come to us for assistance can also access food for their pets, including through our home delivery program,” stated Theresa McMurray, director of Stratford House of Blessing.
Since the beginning of 2022, SPHS has provided the House of Blessing with 70-80 bags of cat food and 60-70 bags of dog food.
For those looking to support the Pet Pantry program and help people and pets in the community, the most needed items are currently:
Small animal bedding
Small animal food