Cat Food Bank Operated by the Cat Adoption Team Receives $5,000 Grant from Banfield Charitable Trust
We are pleased to receive a $5,000 grant from Banfield Charitable Trust to support CAT’s Cat Food Bank.
“More and more animal shelters, like Cat Adoption Team, report that pet owners are surrendering their pets because they cannot afford basic pet care costs,” said Dianne McGill, executive director and CEO of Banfield Charitable Trust. “Providing assistance with pet food is a cost-effective solution to keep pets in their homes and with families who thrive thanks to their pet’s companionship. We are pleased to support the Cat Adoption Team’s efforts through their Cat Food Bank.”
Our Cat Food Bank was opened in June 2008, the first organized pet food bank in the Portland-metro area. With the goal of keeping cats with their families, the Cat Food Bank provides free cat food to families hit hard by the recession and high unemployment. Almost 120,000 pounds of cat food has been given out via the Cat Food Bank.
Clients of the Cat Food Bank receive enough food to feed up to four pet cats. We require that all the cats be spayed or neutered. Cat food is also provided to home-bound seniors through a partnership with Washington County Loaves & Fishes.
“Not only do we have hundreds of cat owners coming to our food bank monthly, we also provide cat food to home-bound seniors in Washington County through the Beaverton and Forest Grove Meals on Wheels programs,” said Kathy Covey, CAT’s PR and Cat Food Bank Manager. “All the food we hand out is donated. Every bag comes to us through the generosity of an animal lover.” Between 2,500 and 3,000 pounds of dry cat food are handed out monthly.
The Cat Food Bank accepts donations of dry cat food (unopened bags that are not expired) or monetary contributions can be made directly to the food fund (that money is used to purchase food at a discount to fill the food bank shelves).