The Boyle Street Community Services' Pet Food Bank was started by a University of Alberta kinesiology student, Leanne Kovacs during her school practicum in the summer of 2013. Since then, she's moved on from the organization but the program continues. Community members can get pet food and supplies twice a week, thanks to volunteers and the centre's inner-city recreation co-ordinator, Rylan Kafara, running the pet food bank.
One such community member is Natalie, who is featured on Episode 4. She has two cats, KitKat and Sheba that she is able to care for, thanks to the Pet Food Bank.
There are pet food banks across Canada and in the United States, including these ones mentioned on the podcast:
- Charlie's Foodbank (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
The program is named in memory of a dog that was intentionally starved by his owner. Charlie came into BC SPCA's care in critical condition and despite the best efforts of the Animal Hospital staff, Charlie passed away after three weeks of intensive care.
- SPCA for Monterey County Pet Meals
(Salinas, CA, USA)
It's a collaboration between the SPCA and local Meals On Wheels organizations. It ensures that people receiving delivered meals no longer feel the need to share their food with their pets as companion animals get meals too.
- North American Pet Food Bank Directory