You know what’s terrible? Having to choose between feeding yourself or feeding your pet.
Sheri Koekman, a personal support worker in Tweed, ON., says she herself has seen elderly people, people with disabilities and people with fixed incomes struggle with that choice.
“A lot of times I see our seniors will have to choose between milk and bread or cat food,” she said, speaking to Inside Belleville. A lot of times they choose the cat food, and I thought that was really sad.”
And so, Koekman decided it was time for Tweed to have its very first pet food bank. Inspired by two others in Brighton and Prince Edward County, ON., — yes, this is really a thing — she’s been gathering up pet food (through donations and fundraising) for the past year. On Jan. 28, she finally opened up the Tweed and Surrounding Area Pet Food Bank.
Located in a small unit beside a fire hall, the little non-profit served four people on its opening day.
“People were really grateful and it’s nice to see people coming out,” Koekman said. “Any Wednesday people can drop off boxes of food here. I will accept any donation and find a home for it: collars, beds, leashes, cages.”
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