Tiki Pets Supports Shelters with Pet Food Donation
To help support shelters, rescues and pet foster families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tiki Pets is donating $750,000 worth of pet food. The donations will provide 348,000 meals for cats and 100,000 meals for small dogs, officials said in a statement.
Adopting and fostering shelter animals hit record numbers as stay-at-home orders were issued. In fact, the number of pets in foster care has almost doubled from last year, increasing 97 percent as shuttered shelters roll out creative programs like online applications and curbside pickups to meet the increased demand, according to Pethealth, which tracks more than 1,400 animal welfare groups.
“Whether the food is used to help a needy family who might not otherwise be able to keep their foster pet, or support an animal welfare organization that has lost a large part of its revenue stream, donating Tiki Dog and Tiki Cat food is a way we can offer assistance during this unprecedented crisis,” said Melia Reeves-Long, consumer engagement associate at Tiki Pets, a brand of Whitebridge Pet Brands in St. Louis.
To ensure the donation reaches the communities and groups where it can do the most good, Tiki Pets has teamed up with Rescue Bank, a signature program of GreaterGood.org, that partners with nonprofit animal welfare and social services agencies across North America.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis, while also affecting pet parents, so it is our duty to step in and offer assistance on a national level by creating a network of relief distribution centers with our local animal shelter partners while also supporting them,” said Liz Baker, CEO for GreaterGood.org. “Our goal is to provide local animal shelters and pet parents struggling financially with pet food and supplies so they can continue to care for the pets they love during this challenging and stressful time.”