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« Topic Start: June 02, 2008, 09:48:35 pm »

Demand spikes at pet food banks, discount vets
Some pantries see 50 percent increase in need for free dog, cat food

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« Reply #1: June 02, 2008, 10:32:45 pm »

Demand spikes at pet food banks, discount vets
Some pantries see 50 percent increase in need for free dog, cat food

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24936402/

I'm not surprised. As gas prices continue to climb, it's just going to get worse. I sent Preston to the grocery with a short list yesterday, and he still spent $70. Undecided
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« Reply #2: June 02, 2008, 10:44:29 pm »

Demand spikes at pet food banks, discount vets
Some pantries see 50 percent increase in need for free dog, cat food

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24936402/

That's such a shame. Especially for those animals who are being surrendered because their owners can't afford them anymore. It's an endless cycle, though. They are surrendered to shelters, who then become overcrowded and can no longer afford to feed the animals either.
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« Reply #3: June 08, 2008, 02:05:05 pm »

Demand spikes at pet food banks, discount vets
Some pantries see 50 percent increase in need for free dog, cat food

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24936402/

A sad consequence of the economic downturn...  When we buy prescription cat food at the vet, we always buy an extra bag and donate it to their "food bank" for clients at the practice who can't afford the prescription cat food their animals needs...  a lot of these people go hungry to see their pets get the vet help they need, so we like to help out where we can.  We also add cat food to our monthly "food bank" donation.     
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« Reply #4: June 08, 2008, 03:09:20 pm »

A sad consequence of the economic downturn...  When we buy prescription cat food at the vet, we always buy an extra bag and donate it to their "food bank" for clients at the practice who can't afford the prescription cat food their animals needs...  a lot of these people go hungry to see their pets get the vet help they need, so we like to help out where we can.  We also add cat food to our monthly "food bank" donation.     

I used to do that when I lived in Garland down the street from a smallish no kill shelter. They did marvelous work and were one of the first no kill groups in Dallas. They ALWAYS needed stuff and even if I just brought in four or five gallons of bleach, they were extremely grateful.

I would do it here, too, if we were in such dire straights with the medical bills. And, well, if there was a group here I felt good working with.
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« Reply #5: June 08, 2008, 06:40:25 pm »

I would do it here, too, if we were in such dire straights with the medical bills. And, well, if there was a group here I felt good working with.
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« Reply #6: June 08, 2008, 06:41:54 pm »

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It was bound to happen sooner or later -- Randall has rubbed off on you. I believe you forgot a 'not'. Wink

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« Reply #7: June 08, 2008, 07:45:47 pm »

I used to do that when I lived in Garland down the street from a smallish no kill shelter. They did marvelous work and were one of the first no kill groups in Dallas. They ALWAYS needed stuff and even if I just brought in four or five gallons of bleach, they were extremely grateful.

I would do it here, too, if we were in such dire straights with the medical bills. And, well, if there was a group here I felt good working with.

The only no-kill animal shelter for this area isn't that far away from me. Because I'm still waiting on my work permit and all that good stuff to come through, I've decided I'm going to see if they would like me to volunteer. That is, as soon as I get a car sorted out. *sigh* Should be soon now.
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« Reply #8: June 09, 2008, 01:44:55 pm »

The only no-kill animal shelter for this area isn't that far away from me. Because I'm still waiting on my work permit and all that good stuff to come through, I've decided I'm going to see if they would like me to volunteer. That is, as soon as I get a car sorted out. *sigh* Should be soon now.

I recently adopted a dog that would have been killed (he was twice returned). Yeah, I'm broke as a joke, but watching that a-hole destroy my underthings brings me great joy. It's a shame that things have gotten this bad. I've also had to switch vets to make it.  Then I realize that many of our pets have better healthcare than most American children, and that seems just as ridiculous.
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« Reply #9: June 09, 2008, 02:01:10 pm »

Then I realize that many of our pets have better healthcare than most American children, and that seems just as ridiculous.

Right now Miss Kitty has the better insurance than anyone in my house. Preston has insurance, I'm uninsured. But her policy makes his look like a joke. We adopted her from the Humane Society through PetSmart and take her to Banfield - she's in their Wellness program. She's on the basic plan for $11.95 (iirc) a month, and what it covers and does is unreal. Her last trip in was almost $300 - we paid $25 and that was for the Benadryl and Ketophyn (sp?) shots her policy doesn't cover.
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« Reply #10: June 12, 2008, 01:09:45 pm »

Right now Miss Kitty has the better insurance than anyone in my house. Preston has insurance, I'm uninsured. But her policy makes his look like a joke. We adopted her from the Humane Society through PetSmart and take her to Banfield - she's in their Wellness program. She's on the basic plan for $11.95 (iirc) a month, and what it covers and does is unreal. Her last trip in was almost $300 - we paid $25 and that was for the Benadryl and Ketophyn (sp?) shots her policy doesn't cover.

Sounds like I might be switching!
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« Reply #11: June 12, 2008, 05:13:01 pm »

Sounds like I might be switching!

They're totally worth it. And she adores her vet - and her vet adores her. What cracks me up is in the "vet's remarks" on the end of her forms, her vet invariably writes, "Thanks for bringing in Miss Kitty! She's always a pleasure to see." I'm always like, "Are you sure you examined the right Miss Kitty?" ROFL  But you can mention her vet's name, and that cat lights up like a Christmas tree - and will gladly get into her carrier if she knows where it is she's going. LOL
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« Reply #12: June 12, 2008, 07:57:48 pm »

They're totally worth it. And she adores her vet - and her vet adores her. What cracks me up is in the "vet's remarks" on the end of her forms, her vet invariably writes, "Thanks for bringing in Miss Kitty! She's always a pleasure to see." I'm always like, "Are you sure you examined the right Miss Kitty?" ROFL  But you can mention her vet's name, and that cat lights up like a Christmas tree - and will gladly get into her carrier if she knows where it is she's going. LOL

 Shocked A pet that likes going to the vet? I'm impressed!!
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« Reply #13: June 12, 2008, 09:11:57 pm »

Shocked A pet that likes going to the vet? I'm impressed!!

Kitty and her vet are pretty tight. LOL
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« Reply #14: June 12, 2008, 09:19:22 pm »

Kitty and her vet are pretty tight. LOL

Lol. She sounds like she has attitude.
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