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.
Recently, the RSPCA Carmarthenshire branch has been involved in food bank deposits so they can distribute donations to pet owners who are struggling to feed their animals due to the current cost of living crisis.
Tracey Clarke, Carmarthenshire Branch Trustee (illustrated with rescue poodle Dylan) said they were thrilled to be part of the program and were giving away four pallets of pet food.
Donations so far have gone to the Llandovery Community Center Food Bank, as well as the Gwili Cafe Food Bank collection point in Llandeilo. The branch also plans to travel to other locations in the county.
Tracey said: ‘It’s just heartbreaking to think that due to the rising cost of living, owners are struggling to feed their pets, and increasingly relying on food banks.
“We hope that through this food bank scheme we can provide support to people and their beloved pets in the Carmarthenshire area.”
Tracey added that they had more food to distribute.
“We recently took delivery of canned dog food from – United Petfood UK Ltd, Llangadog,” she added. “They were extremely generous and helpful with loading and unloading and we would like to thank them very much.”
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 this program possible.
The scheme was rolled out across Wales in June so that all branches could join in the effort to distribute food where it was most needed.
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.”