One of the most common reasons for pet relinquishment is financial hardships and the Pet Food Bank at the Humane Society of Ventura County helps struggling guardians keep beloved pets in their homes. Thousands of pounds of pet food are given out each year to scores of local families.
Earlier this month the HSVC expanded our service by partnering with Help of Ojai’s Community Assistance Program – C.A.P. which hosted the first remote location for our Pet Food Bank. The launch of the Dog Food Bank dispenser at C.A.P. has been more successful than we first anticipated. Dozens of people have visited the dispenser at 108 Fox Street in Ojai depleting their supply of dry dog food.
“The idea behind this project is to give assistance to those in need in greater numbers and having a remote location for our Dog Food Bank helps the HSVC achieve this goal,” said Greg Cooper, director of community outreach for the Humane Society of Ventura County. “I attribute the early success of the remote location to our partnerships with Help of Ojai’s C.A.P., Ojai Ice Cream for supplying the plastic buckets, and the story published in the Ojai Valley News,” Cooper said.
The HSVC needs your help in keeping our pantry and remote location stocked. The Pet Food Bank program is entirely supported by community donations. Food is available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
For those who are interested in supporting the HSVC Pet Food Bank, please drop off un-opened bags of dry dog or cat food to the Shelter, 402 Bryant Street. The HSVC Amazon Wishlist has been updated to include examples of requested food.
The HSVC is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.
Contact Greg Cooper for questions or ideas to support the program. GregC@hsvc.org 805-646-6505 x 112. Thank you for your support!