Out of Stock Pet Supplies in the Heartland

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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) – We have seen all kinds of shortages since the start of the pandemic due to supply chain issues.

Now it looks like your pets could feel the impact too.

Keeping cats and dogs fed at the Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary is a top priority for Assistant Director Samantha Kelley.

She said the food is running out these days.

“About a few months ago, we started noticing that our dog’s food was starting to run out and we hadn’t received any more,” Kelley said.

“More recently we’ve come down to I think like I mean we’ve got three bags in there right now.”

Safe Harbor relies heavily on donations. When there isn’t enough, Kelley said it also affects the community.

“We fill a bucket outside that we put the food in and so we have a hard time keeping up with that,” she said.

“We had to tell people because, you know, we’re trying to help and we’re like we can’t, we’re really running out of what we have and even with our limited space for the dogs, we don’t we have that I have five dogs there at the moment but it’s still, I mean, they have to eat and we have to make sure there’s food because we never know what’s going to happen to pass.

Workers at a few stores in Cape Girardeau said it was difficult to keep shelves stocked.

At Tropical Island Pets, the owner said non-food items were hard to come by.

“We had issues getting in like coconut bedding, heating pads, heat bulbs, that sort of thing. The stuff that keeps your reptile warm in the winter,” Cassidy Stone said.

Stone said she had to go through more vendors just to get what she needed.

“We’ve been lucky, I’m up to three out of four different vendors I have to use just to have heat bulbs and heat pads in stock because if some come out the other people have it,” said Stone.

She said, thankfully, her clients are understanding.

“We have a great clientele, so no complaints,” she said.

The Wall Street Journal reports that more pandemic pet adoptions and pet owners buying more food could be contributing to the pet food shortage.

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