With the shutdown of all non-essential businesses in Monterey County comes a lot of worry and uncertainty for workers who are living paycheck to paycheck. People who suddenly find themselves unemployed just might have to choose between feeding their pets and feeding their family.
The ER Pet Food Drive is being organized by animal advocates and supported by local animal Rescues to help. The goal is to provide a bridge through this crisis by supplying pet food and supplies to as many struggling “non-essential” workers and homeless as possible. The food drive also will help smaller rescues with their foster home needs and people who feed feral cats.
Due to the threat of spread of the virus, the ER Pet Food Drive will be handled almost exclusively with a virtual and mailing program – gift cards and funds donated online or via check — so volunteers are protected
“We want to keep pets with their owners during this trying time and hope that no pet will go hungry if we all work together,”, says organizer Rhonda Somerton.
Because some online retailers are out of some stock, sending gift cards for Petco, PetSmart, Raw Connection in Carmel, Pet Supplies Plus, Stone’s Pet Shop, and Pet Food Express is preferred so that recipients can get the supplies they need right away.
Donations can be made directly to the following organizations:
- South County Animal Rescue (SCAR), which will be engaging in a drop-ship effort to South Monterey County residents who have lost their jobs and are in difficult-to-reach rural areas. Gift cards or checks should be mailed to: South County Animal Rescue, PO Box 491, Soledad, CA 93960. Food and flea medicine should be dropped off at: Los Coches Animal Hospital, 311 Nestles Road, Soledad, CA 93960. Online donations also may be made at www.scar.pet
- Golden Oldies Cat Rescue, which helps cats 6 and older from Monterey County. Gift cards or checks should be mailed to: Golden Oldies Cat Rescue, PO Box 683, Monterey, CA 93942. Online donations can be made via PayPal at www.gocatrescue.org
- Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, which helps senior dogs and senior people on California’s Central Coast. Gift cards should be mailed to: P.O. Box 51554, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
- The Monterey County Food Bank, which can reach affected people with pets, the homeless and veterans with pets. PetSmart or Petco gift cards should be mailed to: 353 West Rossi Street, Salinas, CA 93907. Virtual gift cards with a notation that they are for pet food and supplies should be sent to: www.foodbankformontereycounty.org
Somerton says they are also seeking a donor willing to fund and run a voucher program for farm animals that are pets (not meant for human consumption) such as horses, goats, sheep etc. (up to five animals). The program would provide vouchers for hay and feed to households who make less than $40,000 a year and are out of work due to COVID-19. Details: Rhonda at 831-394-2344.