Features November 2012 Issue

What a Waste!

Employees of Pet Food Express in Oakland, California, help stage a donation of pet food and supplies for a local animal charity. Damaged items and opened packages of wholesome food are distributed from PFE’s loading dock every Thursday to qualified rescue groups.

What a Waste!

Can pressure from animal lovers convince pet food retailers to cut waste – and support animal rescue? Let’s find out!

The animal shelter where I often volunteer is less than a mile from a big box super store. Both are located in a low-income town in a low-income county – a rural area in northeastern California (i.e., not one of the parts of the state that you’ve heard about). Donations to the shelter are welcome, much-needed, and scarce. So, when the shelter gets a call, as it does occasionally, from a manager at that big-box store, saying that he has some dented cans of cat food or ripped bags of dog food or kitty litter that he’d like to donate to the shelter, an animal control officer is immediately dispatched to go pick up that donation, with gratitude. These donations tend to be small, but regular, and they definitely help the shelter feed and care for more animals than it would be able to otherwise.

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