In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Caru Pet Food has donated 348 cases of pet food to shelters in need, providing more than 4,000 meals for dogs. The Florida-based company sent donations of their Classic Stews and new Daily Dish Stews to strongly affected areas in Texas, in addition to nearby Florida shelters in their local community. In total, Caru donated over US$14,500 worth of food to rescues in these hurricane-ravaged areas.
The following shelters received food from Caru: San Antonio Humane Society in San Antonio, Texas; Sophie’s Circle in New Smyrna Beach, Florida; and Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County in Vero Beach, Florida. Each of these organizations have been involved in the efforts to support animals in need after the repercussions of recent natural disasters.
“The devastation brought on by these massive storms greatly affected our area,” said Adrian Pettyan, CEO and co-founder of Caru Pet Food. “We wanted to be able to help in any way we could during this time of crisis, and we’re grateful to all of the shelters caring for displaced and homeless animals in Texas and Florida.”
Many US pet food companies are reaching out to pet owners affected by Hurricane Harvey.
When Hurricane Harvey hit the US in August, Champion Petfoods, a pet food company with DogStar Kitchens located in Kentucky, connected with its Houston, Texas distributor partner, Bark to Basics, to facilitate thousands of pounds of donated pet food to people and pets impacted by the hurricane.
Dr. Tim’s is donating a full truckload of dog and cat food to the pets affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Tim Hunt, DVM, told Petfood Industry in an email.
American Humane is working with Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food to deliver more than 100,000 pounds of free emergency food to displaced pet owners and animals separated from their families.
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