Demand on Cat Adoption Team’s cat food bank reflects economic hard times

A sign of the economic hardships still suffered by Oregonians could be measured in the increased demand on a local pet food bank.

On Sept. 5, more than 2,700 pounds of dry cat/kitten food was given out by the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood. This is the third highest monthly amount.

CAT distributes free cat food and litter on the first Sunday of every month:

  • Since June 2008, more than 48,117 pounds of cat food has been given out to cat owners who are struggling financially:
  • In 2010 alone, more 23,000 pounds has gone out (or almost half of the total).
  • This is an average of 2,618 pounds every month.
  • The first upward spike in cat food distributions came November 2008 after it was announced that the country entered a recession.
  • Growth in demand exceeds 624 percent since the cat food bank opened.
  • The food handed out is donated by animal lovers in the community.

The cat food bank is our unscientific barometer of Oregon’s economic status. This month, we helped 18 new clients, on top of the 123 current clients who also came. We keep hoping the monthly distribution will drop to under 2,000 pounds a month just to indicate things may be getting better. However, we don’t think that will happen until Oregon’s unemployment rate decreases drastically.

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