Nearly 50,000 servings of pet food delivered across Wales to help tackle cost of living crisis > News

Job : Tue 11 October 2022

Updated: Tue 11 October

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Almost 50,000 servings of pet food have been distributed across Wales via RSPCA branches since June.

The Wales Pet Food Bank involves obtaining donations of dog and cat food from suppliers and then distributing it through RSPCA branches to food banks and organizations across Wales.

All 11 RSPCA branches in Wales are part of the food bank initiative – with a group of branches in North Wales (Aberconwy, Clwyd & Colwyn, West Gwynedd, Wrexham District & Deeside and Ynys Mon) coming together initially to fund and make the program possible.

It was then rolled out across Wales in June so all branches could join in the effort to distribute food where it was most needed.

The charity warned that the cost of living crisis poses a huge problem for pet owners, describing it as an “urgent threat” to pet owners.

This summer, the RSPCA recently released its Animal Kindness Index, a groundbreaking inaugural report, in partnership with the Scottish SPCA, which examined the nation’s attitude towards animals.

The report, based on a YouGov survey of over 4,000 UK adults, found that the rising cost of living and cost of owning a pet could threaten our love for our pets. 72% of pet owners said they thought the cost of living would affect their pets, while almost 70% were worried about the rising cost of care and a fifth were worried about the how they could afford to feed their pets.

The study showed that cat owners seem to be most affected and concerned by cost of living pressures.

Carl Lloyd, who coordinates the Wales programme, said: ‘Since June we have distributed just over 49,000 servings of food to over 20 food banks and other groups across Wales.

“We know this is badly needed across Wales and we are very happy to be able to help distribute this food which has been graciously donated to us.

“We have three RSPCA distribution centers in Wales – Mochdre, Newport and at the Llys Nini Animal Center in Swansea, and since our last delivery North Wales has received 10 pallets, Newport has received 19 and the center Llys Nini received 10.”

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