A pet food bank has been established by Wood Green, The Animals Charity to help dog and cat owners provide for their animals.
The charity’s London branch joined forces with the Haringey Foodbank following ongoing requests for pet food from those in need, often as a result of higher rates of redundancy or unexpected financial troubles.
At its opening, Wood Green’s London centre manager Caroline Johnson said: “This service is designed to provide a short-term stop-gap to allow people to find alternative longer term provision for their pet during their time of financial difficulty.”
Pet owners will only be eligible for this new service if they live in the N22 postcode area and already receive support from Haringey Foodbank, who will dispense vouchers to individuals and families who require access to emergency pet food.
The vouchers can be redeemed at Wood Green’s London Centre for one week’s worth of pet food, and pet owners are able to visit the pet food bank up to six times per year for up to three animals.
Wood Green will be collecting donations from local community centres in the London area, including Highgate Community Centre, Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Selby Community Centre, the Redmond Community Centre, and Jollyes Pet Superstore, Enfield.
The new partnership helps ensure more pets and owners can stay together for life, the charity says.