Photo: Animal Food Bank
The Vernon Animal Food Bank is asking residents to donate pet supplies to evacuees and displaced pets after multiple floods were affected across British Columbia.
“Floods are worse than fires because our supplies are cut off, and so is a lot of supply from pet stores, which means we can no longer buy what we need, assuming we had the money to do so,” says founder Nicole Fry.
“Also, we were dealing with the complete evacuation of Merritt to Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops. The perfect storm.”
The food bank’s supply is really low, says Fry, because it usually sees demand double during November and December.
“So, we had a shortage of stock available in our trash, a shortage of supplies due to highway closures, an immediate need to accommodate pets from Merritt evacuees, as well as supplies for Lytton, Logan Lake and Cash Creek, which are low and out of order due to Road closures.
A food bank needs wet and dry cat and dog food, bird food, rodent food, crates, leashes, collars, toys, and treats. They also receive online donations through paypal or wire transfer.
The Animal Food Bank is also looking for volunteer drivers, for supplies for evacuees and for regular deliveries in Vernon. Those interested can join her Facebook group.
“We hear stories from evacuees who are going out now and have no food or supplies for pets. Normally, we would take advantage of our Vernon AFB stockpile to send supplies to Kamloops for help, but those supplies have already gone to Kelowna and Penticton. We have sent a plate of Food to Kamloops last week, but was consumed very quickly.
They moved 4,000 pounds of food last week and have another 4,500 pounds coming in from Alberta, most of which has already been talked about.
A food bank pays for an official government plan for animals during natural disasters.
“There isn’t one, which is why organizations like ours are so important — without us there would be no help,” Fry says.
The petition can be found here.