RSPCA Pet Foodbank team is fundraising to support the initiative
Wimbledon Foodbank has teamed up with two RSPCA branches to help provide a regular supply of pet food to vulnerable owners during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The charity says it recognises that pets are very much a part of our families. Some pet owners are concerned they may not be able to provide pet food if they become sick and need to self-isolate, cannot afford to buy pet food, or if there are on-going food shortages. This means many people are turning to food banks for help.
Wimbledon Foodbank has joined forces with RSPCA Wimbledon, Wandsworth & Sutton Branch as well as the RSPCA Balham& Tooting Branch, forming an RSPCA Pet Foodbank team. They will deliver pet food to those who need it and are calling on their kind supporters to help fund the initiative.
If you want to help them, you can drop off pet food donations at Pets at Home in New Malden.
More than one million people have applied for Universal Credit since the Covid-19 lockdown began, and the charity understands people may be worried about continuing to care for their much-loved pets. By providing people with pet food, the local branches hope they can do their bit to help keep people with their pets through this difficult time.
Ali Hellewell, RSPCA Trustee, Wimbledon, Wandsworth & Sutton Branch, said: “We know that this is a challenging time for everyone and that some pet owners are extremely worried about continuing to care for their pets through the Covid-19 crisis. We hope to ease some of that pressure by teaming up with the Wimbledon Foodbank to provide pet food for the pet owners who are most in need.
“Even in the midst of a pandemic we are a nation of animal lovers and the Foodbank has seen people in difficult times who have chosen to feed their pets over feeding themselves, which shows why this service is so important.
“We cannot do this alone, however, which is why we are asking animal lovers to donate to help us get pet food to those who need it the most.”
Jon Featherstone, Chair of the Wimbledon Foodbank, based in Kingston Road, said: “We are currently providing three days of food packages for up to 150 people a day and we estimate around 20% of those are pet owners. Ourselves and the RSPCA are keen to help people stay with their pets, who often provide much needed emotional support through this difficult time.”
If you can support the RSPCA Pet Foodbank team visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rspca-food-bank-covid-campaign
Ali added: “We know now is the time for the community to pull together. We are doing our bit to help pet owners across South London and are appealing for our kind supporters to help us, by making urgently needed donations via our Pet Foodbank Crowdfunder.
“The branches have already received generous donations of pet food from Pets at Home and we are in discussions with other businesses as well. We are working closely with Jon and the Foodbank network, with a view to expanding in various locations beyond South London over the next few weeks.”
May 4, 2020