Toronto Humane Society received nearly 375,000 pet food meals in mid-September — the largest pet food donation the animal welfare organization has received in a single day. On Sept. 14, 2017, two semi-tractor trailers full of pet food from PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program rolled up to the River Street shelter’s loading dock on Old Brewery Lane.
How does the Toronto Humane Society plan to use 80,000 pounds of pet food? It’s estimated that the City of Toronto is home to at least 1.7 million pets. Consider that almost 25% of Torontonians live at or below the poverty line and you’ll find that more than 400,000 pets in this city could be living in households where families may struggle to put food on their tables and in their pets’ bowls.
That’s why Toronto Humane Society operates a pet food bank out of their River Street location, providing free pet food to those looking for help feeding their furry family members. Toronto Humane Society also hands out pet food to pet parents in need at the St. James Town Community Centre on the second Thursday of each month. Together PetSmart, PetSmart Charities of Canada and the Toronto Humane Society are helping to ensure no pet goes hungry in the City of Toronto.
If you are a pet parent in need of assistance feeding your pet, please visit the Toronto Humane Society during normal operating hours or visit the St. James Town Community Centre on the second Thursday of every month from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For every bag of dog or cat food purchased in-store or online at www.PetSmart.ca through Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to a pet in need.