Holiday donations needed for SPCA pet food bank

December 20, 2009 1:32:46 PM PST
The SPCA for Monterey County is asking for holiday donations for its pet food bank, which helps families feed their pets instead of having to give them up.

The humane society is offering a free SPCA pet calendar while supplies last in return for cash donations or unopened, unexpired pet food.

Since opening the food bank in June 2008, SPCA for Monterey County has helped more than 2,500 pets and more than 700 families faced with the possibility of giving up their pets because they could no longer afford to feed them, according to humane society officials.

"Many needy families in our community are pet owners who love their pets but are having a difficult time providing food for both their families and their pets," Beth Brookhouser, SPCA for Monterey County spokeswoman, said in a statement.

Brookhouser said the food bank, "reduces the risk of families being forced to give up their beloved pets because they can't afford to feed them. Individuals experiencing economic difficulties, especially those with no close family, are particularly in need of their pet's unconditional love and companionship."

Donations can be brought to SPCA for Monterey County headquarters, located at 1002 Highway 68. The humane society is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations can also be made online at www.spcamc.org.

The SPCA for Monterey County is a nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905.


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