January 16, 2013 (Des Moines, Iowa) – The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) in Des Moines received a donation from Purina of 38,000 lbs. of dog food – that’s 44 pallets – enough to feed 1 dog for 87 years or 1,055 dogs for an entire month!
The donation was given to the ARL and the 9 other shelters nationwide that were chosen for the Pets for Life community outreach program. The intent was that the food be given away to those in need.
The ARL is giving 38 pallets (32,832 lbs) of dog food to The Pet Project Midwest’s food distribution programs. The Pet Project Midwest operates The Pet Pantry, which provides food, treats, and litter to people with a temporary economic distress to keep their pets in their home; Paws for Life, which provides long-term food and care for the pets of elderly, disabled, and people with service animals; and Animeals, a collaboration with Meals on Wheels which provides food deliveries weekly to their clients.
Two pallets (1,728 lbs) of dog food will be given to the Fence Project Des Moines– a program that provides habitat improvements including fences and dogs houses for dogs in need.
The remaining 4 pallets (3,456 lbs) will be kept at the ARL and given away at a variety of community outreach events to people in need.
“We could have easily distributed 38,000 lbs. of food to the public ourselves, but as the state’s largest animal welfare organization we value our partnerships with other organizations,” said Tom Colvin, Executive Director for the Animal Rescue League, “We respect the work that The Pet Project Midwest and the Fence Project are doing and partner with them on a variety of on-going outreach efforts, so it was a natural fit to bring them along for this exciting opportunity. When we combine resources, the community benefits.”
Joe Nolte, Board President of The Pet Project Midwest, adds, “We are grateful for the donation of food for our clients – our largest donation to date. This will allow us to help residents in the Metro who need help keeping their animals in their homes. It will also help us, as an all-volunteer non-profit organization, leverage our limited resources in a strategic way.”
“This is a very generous gift on behalf of Purina and the ARL,” said Eric DeTemmerman, founder of the Fence Project, “We are extremely thankful for the ARL’s willingness to collaborate with other organizations for the shared mission of helping animals in need. This food will go directly to dogs in our community that need and deserve it.”