Altus Animal Welfare Association in Oklahoma and Yakima Humane Society in Washington state are a part of the program, which brings veterinary services, pet food and supplies to underserved communities. Both communities and will be receiving 1,000 meals each to feed the pets who are a part of the program.
“We are so thankful to Ollie Pets for supporting our work and delivering lifesaving pet food to these communities,” said Amanda Arrington, senior director of Pets for Life for the Humane Society of the United States. “This is an extremely stressful time for everyone around the world. By providing pet food to families in need, we hope to alleviate at least part of that uncertainty.”
“We are proud to partner with the Humane Society of the United States through their Pets for Life program, donating over 2,000 meals to pups in communities severely affected by COVID-19,” said Nick Stafford, CEO of Ollie Pets. “The Pets for Life program addresses the inequity and lack of access to pet resources people in underserved communities face. Initially, Ollie will be working with the communities of Altus, OK and Yakima, WA."
Altus Animal Welfare Association, located in Altus, Oklahoma, is a non-profit organization established in 2016 to advocate for animals of the Altus Shelter as well as animals within Southwest Oklahoma. The group became a Pets for Life mentorship partner last year and their community focus area has a median household income of only $18,942, with 35% of people living below the poverty line and many more hovering just above. This pet food donation will make a large impact in this rural area, where pet food supply is extremely limited.
Yakima Humane Society, located in Yakima, Washington, was founded in 1904 and is private, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving people and animals of Yakima County for over 100 years. The organization became a Pets for Life mentorship partner in 2018 and is focusing their community support work in Granger, Washington, a community with a large population of migrant workers and extreme poverty. The area, as with the entire state of Washington, has been hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis.