If you're at all familiar with the plight of people living on the street, especially single people, you know that a pet can be not just a companion, but the one relationship that keeps a person from completely giving up. I know several people who won't sleep in shelters because their dogs aren't allowed. Those dogs are their family.
Every now and then I see a donation of pet food at the emergency pantries where I volunteer, and it warms my heart. Somebody understands.
When there isn't any pet food available, people rely on the cans of beef stew for their dogs, the tuna for their cats, and gladly go without those protein sources for the love of their pets. Food stamps don't cover pet food, but all manner of meats, cans of soup, potted meats, and deli items find their way to hungry people's furry friends.
My very caring daughter loves animals so much that she cannot visit a shelter or vet, because their suffering hurts her too much. We're thinking that a good branch of Benefit Brownies could be dedicated to pets in need, and she could run it. We plan to hand out pet food at our homeless feed on October 31 -- we usually see at least half a dozen dogs there, and they usually eat our casseroles alongside their human companions.
Is the care for pets in need something that touches your heart as well? If so, I invite you to make a small donation to Benefit Brownies (through the store page here), and mention Katie's Pets in the comments to seller during checkout. 100% of those funds will feed the dogs and cats of homeless owners, and all of our hearts will be a little warmer.