Pet Food Bank Relies On Honesty

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Pet food bank relies on honesty
7th August 2017

By Sandra Pearce

A food bank for pets has been launched in Wales following the rise in numbers of people unable to feed their pets.

The service in Denbighshire, believed to be the first of its kind in the area, was set up by Marjorie Summerfield, who runs The Pet Rescue Welfare Association in Dyserth.

She said: “If we can intervene before a pet has to be rehomed, surely that’s better for the animal and their owner.”

Marjorie, who also runs a veterinary practice, said the service was not means tested and would ‘rely on people’s honesty’, reports the BBC News.

“If you ring any rescue centre they’re getting at least four or five calls a day from people saying ‘I’m having to rehome my pet because I can’t afford to feed it’.

“Some might say, if they can’t afford to feed it then should they have a pet? But if you’ve had a pet for years but have had your [work] hours dropped or lost your job or your home, what are you meant to do?”

Donation points were set up in Tesco and Dudley & Friends pet shop in Prestatyn. The project will also recruit volunteers to help sort donations and deliver packages to people who are unable to visit the pet food bank in person.