Organizations Issue Call for Food Donations to Help All Cats Eat Well at Thanksgiving-time, too
BOSTON and Salem, Mass. Nov. 23, 2022 – The MSPCA-Angell’s Community Outreach team has distributed more than 400,000 pet meals to pets in need this year, but supplies are dwindling as the busy holiday season approaches. And, with inflation still forcing many to cut back and make hard decisions to stay afloat, the need is greater now than ever.
To help restock and ensure that all cats in Massachusetts are able to fill their bellies this Thanksgiving along with their human families, the MSPCA is partnering with the Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) in Salem to host a special food drive across all three of the MSPCA’s shelters in Boston, Methuen, and Cape Cod, as well as the NEAS in Salem.
Catsgiving for Every Cat!
To help cats in need in the community, as well as those living in the shelters, the MSPCA and NEAS are asking for donations of wet or dry cat food during a special Catsgiving food drive that runs through November 30. Opened bags of dry cat food will also be accepted.
“One of the most rewarding things we do is not only help people find the right pets for their families, but also keep those pets safe and happy at home even when times are tough,” explained Alyssa Krieger, MSPCA associate director of community outreach. “We host pop-ups and other events to give pet food to people in need and also work with 60 food pantries across the state.”
“We’re really hoping this food drive will sustain those efforts through the end of the year,” she added. “For that to happen, we need to collect about 200,000 cat meals.”
You Can Help!
Donation bins are set up outside MSPCA Adoption Centers in Boston, Methuen, and Cape Cod, as well as the NEAS in Salem. Those who cannot visit the shelters but still want to help are asked to order something from www.mspca.org/wishlist, and it will be delivered directly to the shelters.
“With inflation soaring this year, our cat food donations have slowed, at a time when more people are coming to us for help,” Krieger said. “We’ve been holding Catsgiving food drives for close to a decade, but the need is definitely greatest this year.”
For more information on Catsgiving, people are encouraged to visit www.mspca.org/catsgiving.