At first it was toilet paper. Now it is pet food.
People who have adopted epidemic dogs and cats since the coronavirus first hit the United States are now finding it hard to find food for their furry friends.
Part of the problem is that there are now more pets to feed, said Rob Halpin, a spokesperson for MSPCA-Angell, which has adopted more than 2,800 pets from shelters in the South. Since January.
And while the shelter had no problems finding food, many pet stores found it difficult to keep up with the demand.
“It was pretty much like that a few months ago after COVID started,” said Will Reagan, assistant manager of Pet Cabaret at Roslindale.
Reagan said some of the store’s manufacturers are experiencing labor shortages, which has caused shipment delays.
He said he couldn’t even find enough cans for his food, so she started making her own.
“What hasn’t happened before is that we don’t have enough cans,” said Brett Sher of Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, an Illinois manufacturer. “Can suppliers be at their maximum capacity because people have adopted pets during the pandemic, so usage can be increased?”
Owner Pedro Megay said Beacon Hill’s My Zone Blue suppliers — who get food from various farms in the Midwest — don’t have enough staff.
“In general, everything takes longer to arrive, and everything is more expensive. So we will have to raise prices on everything. We are losing business because there are orders that we can’t meet. So we have to tell our customers that some things are out of stock.” “.
In a statement on Wednesday, PetSmart said: “Throughout the pandemic, more people have added pets to their households, which has increased the demand for pet food. With this increase in demand, we have seen a shortage of wet food manufacturers affecting our packaged food supply. In our stores and online. We are committed to doing everything we can to help pet parents feed and care for their pets and are actively working with our manufacturing and shipping partners to ensure supply is increased to better meet current demand.”
Mike Maeda, owner of Pawsh Dog Boutique in the Back Bay, said shortages have been less of an issue with US pet food brands than those in China. So he actually ordered what he usually does later in the fall to make sure he has enough for the holidays.