An emergency pet food bank in Oregon has celebrated its second anniversary recently in providing a total of 2.5 million meals to families in need of meals for their pets.
The Pongo Fund, established in memory of a 19-year-old dog named Pongo, is staffed by volunteers with no outside assistance from government or public funding. Over 100 emergency food agencies, shelters and rescue groups in 28 counties across Oregon have received emergency pet food from The Pongo Fund.
Some of the food suppliers to the food bank include Canidae All Natural Pet Foods and Dogswell. In addition to serving 2.5 million pet meals in two years’ time, The Pongo Fund garnered attention in early 2011 when a Portland, Oregon dog was nominated for a national Dogs of Valor award. This dog helped her owner survive a heart attack, and the dog was receiving food from The Pongo Fund. The Pongo Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity and donations are tax-deductible. “
We partner with many wonderful organizations to accomplish our mission, but The Pongo Fund is one of the best,” said Judy Alley, Executive Director of SnowCap Community Charities. “They alone are seeking to assure good quality nutrition for the pets in our lives.”
To celebrate its second anniversary, the pet food bank continued serving the ever-growing need of pet owners who come to the Portland group’s warehouse on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.
“The health and well-being of their pets is a paramount priority and many of our clients would go hungry before allowing their pets to skip a meal,” said Sam Engel, Resource Development Coordinator for the Josephine County Food Bank Network. “I cannot thank The Pongo Fund enough for what they have provided – all I can do is to pass along the gratitude of thousands of our human clients who are truly appreciative and their thousands of pets who, thanks to The Pongo Fund, are blissfully unaware of their owners concerns over providing them food.”
For more information, visit the website at http://www.thepongofund.org.