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Saving Pets with a Pet Food Pantry

Saving Pets with a Pet Food Pantry

A couple of weeks ago, a blogger at Mother Earth News, Gwen Roland, posted an article with some wonderful stories of rescued dogs and shared a great idea for a way pet lovers can help dogs in need: by starting a pet food pantry.

One such pet food pantry, Coco’s Cupboard, has helped save the lives of several dogs. Founder Charity Hurt started Coco’s Cupboard in honor of a faithful spaniel mix she rescued from a highway. The dog’s elderly owner was struck and killed by a car, and for days the little dog continued to pace the busy road. During the rescue, Charity discovered that Coco also had a litter of pups.

With the help of friends and CARE, Inc., Charity found homes for all of the pups and took Coco into her own family. Then, with nothing more than word of mouth to gather donations, Charity began providing pet food and other supplies to low-income pet owners as well as compassionate people who rescue pets from the highway. Thus, the non-profit group Coco’s Cupboard was born, and it has been growing and helping more animals ever since.

Not everyone who rescues a pet or takes one in has the financial resources to buy pet food and other supplies, which is where a pet food pantry steps in to help.

For more heartwarming stories about rescued dogs, plus tips for getting involved with starting a pet food pantry in your area, visit Gwen’s complete article, Starting a Pet Food Pantry.

Good luck, and take care of our faithful, four-legged (and sometimes three-legged) friends out there!

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Related: A Roundup of Tips and Info About Furry Friends, Creating an Animal Shelter and Tough Adjustments for Rescue Dogs

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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1:07PM PDT on May 6, 2013

Good idea & project that can be used in my area.

11:47PM PDT on May 11, 2012

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9:06AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

A Pet Food Pantry is such a great idea!! My neighbor has part of her garage that she is not using. I wonder if I could talk her into starting one. Hmmmm...

1:05AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

There needs to be more pet food pantries.

3:22PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Thank you for sharing:)

3:28PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

wow, really inspirational. You can also take pet food to shelters and drop it off, even one can of food helps.

1:41PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Wonderful idea. Thanks for the post.

12:22PM PST on Feb 6, 2012


9:14AM PST on Feb 6, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

4:12AM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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