Statistics show that one in six American families are struggling to make ends meet and now must rely on local food banks as their primary source of food. Unfortunately, these food banks DO NOT have pet food programs in place to help these same families feed their hungry pets. Unemployment in Maricopa County has more than doubled since May 2007, reaching near record highs. Our mission at Cause4Paws Pet Food Bank is to make sure no pets are left behind or surrendered to local ‘kill shelters’ due to a lack of support.
Many find their only option is to abandon their family pets to the ASPCA or a ‘high-kill shelter. Seniors have to make the choice between much needed medications or pet food for their most loyal companions.
The United States Food Stamp program prohibits the underprivileged, economically challenged and/or (poor) from using Food Stamps to buy pet food. Billions are spent each year on carbonated beverages using food stamps yet not one penny can be used to feed a pet.
The following numbers are staggering and will only get worse with time.
As of July 8, 2013, CNSNEWS.com reported “ The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population”. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 Billion in fiscal year 2012. The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government”.Of the 101 million receiving food benefits, a record 47 million Americans participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps”.
Cause4Paws makes a difference in the lives of pets and their owners. With the efforts donors and volunteers in our local communities Cause4Paws is making a difference. We can save the lives of innocent pets from being surrendered to ‘kill-shelters’ and make it possible for the Elderly to keep their furry friends.
Cause4Paws approach is simple and realistic: Find the resources to obtain pet food for the needy and make sure those who need it get it.
Cause4Paws coordinates with local non-profit food banks, rescue shelters, senior centers and homeless shelters. Caws4Paws focus is to provide pet food to those in need by donating pet food to local support organizations that have already identified those in critical need who are pet owners. We want to do for pets what Food Banks do for people.
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Cause4Paws distributes pet food (dog and cat, sometimes birds) to individuals who are homebound and their four-legged and feathered friends need a bit of love and support. Cause4Paws works with local service agencies such as meals on wheels and community social workers to meet a "gap need."
It is fully recognized that companion pets are an integral part of an individuals overall health and happiness. Cause4Paws is dedicated to supporting the deep life-giving relationships of human beings and their companion pets.
Cause4Paws also works with local veterinarians to meet the health and well-being needs of the companion animals.
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