Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank is asking for help from the community

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — As the pandemic drives up the prices of almost everything, pets are also feeling the pain.

Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank is struggling to keep up with the demand to feed hungry pets across the region. The nonprofit recently moved to save money on rent so they could buy more pet food.

Donna DeConcini, director of the Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank, said the move was worth it, but they’re still struggling to feed all the pets in need. They have about 50 applications submitted every day. They served over 750 families in southern Arizona, and each of those families received approximately 100 pounds of pet food.

They tell me the pandemic has really made that need for pet food and supplies much higher. The organization recently received 40 palaces of dry dog ​​food to ease the strain, but they need to raise $1,300 to get that food to Tucson.

“We haven’t been able to service southern Arizona like we did when we started. We couldn’t get food to Douglas, or Nogales or Ajo or Benson or Avra ​​Prieta or Pierce,” DeConcini said. “So those 40 food palaces would probably be gone in a month, because we’ll be so happy to be able to serve outlying communities in southern Arizona.”

The non-profit organization needs wet dog food, food for older dogs and cats, treats and dry cat food. In addition to food, the organization needs collars, leashes, and crates. DeConcini said monetary donations are also appreciated, and because the organization is nonprofit, those donations are tax-deductible.

“We’ve collected over 78,000 pounds of pet food and we usually keep 2,000 to 3,000 pounds on hand,” DeConcini said. “Right now, if we can get 1,000 pounds, we would be really happy about that.”

DeConcini said the nonprofit has had to get creative over the past year to raise more money for food and supplies. They’ve added over 30 craft vendors to their nonprofit location. Each vendor sells a variety of products and approximately 30% of sales go directly to the organization.

“We’re struggling and asking people to help us, because anything happens,” DeConcini said. “In a week we can go through about 5,000 pounds. Everything is appreciated. »

If your pet needs help, you can find food apps on their website. Each animal will receive 1 month of food if the request is accepted.

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