Imagine for a moment that, for whatever reason, money is especially tight this month. You’ve lost your job, or an unexpected bill has to be paid - it doesn’t matter what the reason - and you’re scrambling to find funds to feed yourself and your family. Finally you come to the realization that you are going to have to visit a foodbank.
Thankfully, you are able to find assistance there and everyone at home is able to be fed. Everyone except Fido. The foodbank couldn’t help you feed Fido. You are heartbroken. But what can you do? You decide, that since money will be exceptionally tight for the next several months, that Fido must be surrendered to the local shelter.
Imagine for a moment, that families didn’t have to make this decision.
The Ottawa Paw Pantry is a not for profit organization that strives to help families and individuals in this situation. Existing entirely on donations, the Ottawa Paw Pantry will help fill furry bellies and keep paws in the family where they belong. Many people are left surrendering pets to shelters when really all they need is a helping hand for a month or two.
The Ottawa Paw Pantry is the area’s first dedicated non-profit pet food resource and was established to help prevent the abandonment or surrender of animals when their families cannot afford to feed them.
We realize how much your pets mean to you.
Many families live paycheck to paycheck, have lost a job, are seniors on fixed incomes, are dealing with an illness or disability; This poses a challenge in caring for their pet.
More and more dogs and cats are being relinquished to local shelters and animal rescue due to the family’s inability to afford pet food and/or pet care for their beloved four-legged family members.
We rely on donations to keep this program going and we would like to thank those who have gotten involved for their generosity which allows these pets to stay safe at home and out of the shelters.
Funding received through this initiative will help us provide more food to more families with a great centralized storage unit and more opportunities to partner with local organizations.