The RiverBend Pet Food Pantry is in dire need of donations of cat food and kitty litter. Laura Kennedy, Supervisor and Board Member of SNIP Alliance, stated that “we have reached a critical point in the amount of dry cat food and kitty litter we will be able to distribute to those pet owners in need”. This will be the first time in our 20 month history of providing pet food and litter to needy pet owners that the pantry may come up short on cat food to distribute. We distribute on average 5,124 pounds of cat and dog food and litter each month to 96+ pet-owners.
The RiverBend Pet Food Pantry is an offshoot of the Madison County PetLover’s Coalition which includes MetroEast Humane Society, Partners 4 Pets, and SNIP Alliance. SNIP Alliance took on the financial burden of the pantry so they would not take away any funding MEHS and P4P might need to aid the animals they rescue and care for. In return MEHS and P4P have donated food to the pantry that they could not use at their shelters; however, their food donations have also decreased tremendously.
Ms. Kennedy noted “distributing food to pet-owners can make the difference in whether an owner can keep their beloved pet or have to surrender it to animal control. In some cases we had elderly clients that were choosing between either paying their electrical bill, buying food or medication for themselves or doing without in order to feed their companion animal”.
There are donation barrels at PetCo in Alton and Edwardsville, Shop N Save in Edwardsville, and the Bethalto Spay Clinic or you can make a cash donation through PayPal on our website at www.snipalliance.org or mail a check to SNIP Alliance, 17 Junction Drive, Suite 215, Glen Carbon, IL 62034. Please note that cash donations are for the pantry. If further information is required you may contact Ms. Kennedy at 618-772-5550.