Rescue pets across Saskatoon are chowing down after the city’s SPCA received the largest food donation in their organization’s history.
Nearly 40,000 pounds of dry pet food was given to the Saskatoon SPCA through animal supply retailer PetSmart’s “buy a bag, give a meal” fundraising drive.
“It was an absolutely incredible day for us,” said Cathy Brin, the SPCA’s public relations coordinator. “We’re incredibly grateful.”
The food was delivered to the organization Thursday morning on a 53-foot trailer before being distributed to rescues and shelters across the prairies.
“It’s more than we could ever use at the SPCA, so we wanted to make sure this very generous donation didn’t go to waste,” Brin said.
She noted the food represents nearly 187,000 meals for pets, relieving funding pressure on pet rescue operations dependent on fundraising and donations.
“It’s a weight off our shoulders to have food for all of our animals for the next year,” she said.
Brin added money normally directed towards food purchases can now go to life-saving surgeries for pets and other crucial uses.