MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (FOX 9) – Pet owners may have noticed that their furry friend’s favorite foods are harder to find at the grocery store, and donation centers are feeling the impact too.
The North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center is a place pet owners can get what they need to make sure their furry friends don’t go hungry. The nonprofit opened its doors three years ago to support north Minneapolis families who were giving up their pets simply due to a lack of resources.
“I live on the North Side myself, so I really wanted to support my neighbors and their pets,” said Shannon Glenn, who runs the center and is also the executive director of My Pitbull is Family.
But the resource center itself now suffers from a lack of resources. The supply room is empty and the center has only its last cans left.
“Finding canned cat and dog food has been extremely difficult. Also, clumping cat litter seems to be something we’re always short of,” Glenn explained. “With the lack of resources here on the north side for people and pets, and shelves being bare in box stores, it could be difficult for families.”
The Pet Resource Center even makes deliveries to local families who don’t have transportation or are housebound. They usually provide enough pet supplies to last a month, but they run out of items.
“We did deliveries on Saturdays, and none of our deliveries got trash just because we didn’t have any,” Glenn said.
The non-profit organization is part of a Rescue Bank, a nationwide program that allows it to purchase food and supplies at a reduced rate. However, supply chain issues have plagued the pet food industry – between aluminum shortages and an increase in the number of people adopting pets during the pandemic. This means that when pet food is on the shelves, it is often more expensive and not necessarily the pet owner’s preferred brand, especially for pets on special diets.
“If the cats are very particular about their pâté or the type of brand they can eat and we don’t have it, we often have to compromise and do something similar. Or often that family doesn’t is not in a position to choose to supply us,” she said.
Glenn is now calling on pet lovers across the Twin Cities to participate. The center accepts unopened and unexpired pet food and lightly used pet supplies, as well as monetary donations.
“We get donations, which is really fantastic, but we could always use more,” Glenn said.
Donations can be dropped off during center opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make a large donation, email [email protected] To make a monetary donation, go to the association’s website.