Letters to the Editor

Stepping up to help our pets

Editor: As a former Alamedan, I know just how much Alamedans LOVE their pets. I mean, have you seen the Alameda Peeps Caturday posts? I’m reaching out with a meaningful campaign from Pet Food Express —including the one at the Bridgeside Shopping Center on Blanding Avenue at Broadway— to let your readers know about it.

From now to Aug. 1, Pet Food Express is holding its annual Fill the Food Bank campaign through Sunday, Aug. 1, to help struggling Californians care for their beloved dogs. This campaign is even more critical this year due to COVID-19’s unprecedented impact on Californians. Hundreds of pet parents are facing a forced surrender of their canine best friend because they took a hit financially. California’s EDD has paid $152 billion in unemployment benefits since March 2020.

Here are Fill the Food Bank highlights:

Pet Food Express will collect monetary donations in its 64 California stores and online at www.petfood.express/fillthefoodbank through Aug. 1.

A $10 donation gifts a 5-pound bag of FirstMate dog food to a pet family in need

100% of the funds donated will be used to purchase and distribute 5-pound bags of nutrient-rich, FirstMate dog food.

All 20 pet-centric food banks, shelters, and rescues are low-threshold or open-admission organizations who are interested solely in the welfare of California’s pet population. Alameda Animal Shelter is included.

Pet Food Express has set a 100,000 pound goal for 2021 and will match the first 10,000 pounds of donated dog food.

Sarah Andru