Knoxville Knox CAC in urgent have to have of pet food for Feed-A-Pet program

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — An urgent require for pet food stuff has been issued by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Motion Committee.

The preferred Feed-A-Pet system that delivers foodstuff to reduced-money family members is in limited provide. The program requires dry puppy meals and cat food stuff, and tons of it.

Monica Brown showed WATE the in close proximity to-empty storage device where by the Group Motion Committee keeps its supply of pet foodstuff sent to needy grown ups who have cats and canines. Not much too extensive back, the pod was stacked entire, but not now.

“We require extra foodstuff. We have some details of foodstuff that we have to have loads of. We just require more meals, we will need to fill this pod with pet food stuff,” Brown claimed.

In the storage bin, there was only a person bag of cat foods. As for canine foods, there is been a current big maximize in need.

“And so now, I’m not confident we’ll have more than enough to feed our pets,” said Brown. “About 19 pounds of foods go out every month to our clients. Suitable now, we wanting at, I would guess, about 500 pounds of foods. That may be 50 % a month of foods.”

Judy, a widow who lives on a tight price range, depends on her totally free month to month supply of puppy food stuff for her 6-calendar year-previous pet Hazel.

“I am on a restricted profits. But with the Feed-A-Pet system, I never have to fret because I know it is the first of the month, regardless of whether I have something still left or not, she is likely to be fed,” reported Judy.

“Right now we have 96 customers and they own 161 pets that we assist feed every single month,” stated Brown. “You’re chatting about for this 7 to 8-pound bag, you are chatting about $15 to $17. But if you are a senior that is on a constrained revenue and you get $800 a month. You have to fork out your lease, you have to spend your utilities. You have to spend for all people issues. But pet foods could be one thing you cannot find the money for.”

The Feed-A-Pet software is dependent only on community donations. CAC does not buy the meals.

“Please donate. We will need the meals,” mentioned Brown.

The Feed-A-Pet plan commenced in 2001 soon after volunteers who delivered mobile meals arrived back reporting that many folks have been feeding their cats and pet dogs the human meals that experienced been dropped off.

If you would like to donate foods, both visit the Community Motion Committee’s web page or connect with 865 546 3500. If you can donate, consider purchasing luggage weighing considerably less than 10 lbs, since some of the folks who obtain the foods are unable to carry heavy things. Pet food stuff can also be dropped off at the subsequent locations.

  • CAC Ross Creating: 2247 Western Avenue 37921
  • Asheville Freeway Animal Medical center: 4516 Asheville Hwy
  • Forest Park Animal Clinic: 318 N. Forest Park Blvd 37919
  • Dogwood Animal Clinic: 5900 Chapman Hwy 37920

The Feed-A-Pet system is a single of two systems for seniors with animals run by the Knoxville-Knox County CAC. The second application is Knox PAWS (Positioning Animals With Seniors) which matches qualified seniors with adoptable animals.