Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food, a leading super premium pet food company, donated 29,989 pounds of their nutritious pet food this week to help feed rescue animals in the Vero Beach, Florida area. The company also donated 9,495 pounds of its food this week to help feed animals in the Tampa, Florida area. The donations are part of the pet food company’s Fill A Bowl… Feed A Soul (FABFAS) program, a national campaign targeting 1 million meals for shelter pets annually.
The food for the Vero Beach-area donation was shipped to Bark Avenue Healthy Pets where owner Kelly Wood oversaw distribution to local shelters desperate for nutritious food to feed their pets.
“We are so grateful to Chicken Soup For The Soul Pet Food for letting Bark Avenue Healthy Pets help many of the small forgotten local rescues. The ‘Big Boys’ claim to donate millions of meals, but small, local rescues never see any of it. These rescues rely entirely on donations for food, medical and foster parents,” Wood said. “Because of their generous donation of nearly 30,000 pounds of pet food, we were able to help distribute food and lighten the load to the following rescues: Doberman Rescue of Lake Placid, The Cat Coalition of WPB, For The Love of Paws in Fellsmere, S.P.A.Y.L.E.E. in Ft. Meyers, Noah’s Ark in Ft. Meyers, Sebring Angles in Sebring, C.A.R.E.S Rescue in Brooksville, and Venice Doberman Rescue. These groups are volunteer-run and do it for the love of pets. We love Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food and their commitment to the independents.”
Sarah Harrison, owner of the Hound’s Meow in Lutz, Florida helped to organize the Tampa-area donation.
“We are so happy to be part of this effort to bring healthy food to pets in need in Tampa Bay. We feel it is so important to support organizations that help pets find loving and responsible pet parents,” Harrison said. “We are also so proud to be partners with great companies like Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food that make nutritious pet food and give back to pets in need.”
Hope Helps All (H.O.P.E) and Lost Angels–both small, independent rescue organizations located in Tampa–will be receiving some of this donation as well as the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
“The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is very grateful for the generosity of Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food! The food will help fill the tummies of many unwanted dogs and cats that we accept at our shelter. Caring sponsors like them help us care for even more animals!” said Pam Backer, director of Shelter Operations.
“We are so pleased to be able to help Tampa with this donation. We know the food will be put to good use within a community that has received a rise in animal intake since Hurricane Irma hit,” Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food CEO Chris Mitchell said.
“Chicken Soup for the Soul’s FABFAS program was created to help feed pets in need nationwide,” Mitchell said. “We work closely with our independent pet specialty retailers to identify rescue organizations in their area where our food can have a real impact. We believe that every pet should enjoy the benefits of premium nutrition. Healthy pets are happy pets and more readily adoptable.”
In addition to these donations, Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food recently distributed more than 110,000 pounds to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and has donated approximately 1.5 million nutritious meals to pets in need nationwide since beginning this initiative in June of 2016.