October 22, 2018
Toledo’s two pet food banks are merging together in order to better serve the community.
TOLEDO, Ohio, October 12, 2018 – Coming this November, Humane Ohio and Toledo’s PET Bull Project will be partnering together to create Toledo’s biggest Pet Food Bank yet! The two organizations have previously been conducting separate pet food banks just a mile and a half apart. This merger will allow both organizations to combine resources, and offer extended food bank hours in one centralized location to the community.
The updated Pet Food Pantry will be held at the existing Toledo’s PET Bull Project location, 2249 Tremainsville Rd. An added benefit of this location is that the food bank is conducted on the first floor to allow better access for clients who have difficulty with mobility. Additionally, young people from G.O.A.L., Green Options for Autism of Lucas County, will take part in operating the Pet Food Pantry, helping them learn skills to ready them for the workforce, while helping their community. The Pet Food Pantry hours will be every Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am, the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Fridays of the month from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Toledo’s PET Bull Project will take over the distribution of food during Pet Food Pantry hours, while Humane Ohio will continue to oversee the network of pet food collection bins and volunteer pick-ups. The existing Pet Food Pantry requirements will remain in effect: pet owners must demonstrate proof of financial need, live in Lucas County, and have proof that all animals have been spayed or neutered. If pets are not spayed or neutered yet, pet owners can visit the pantry one time before they must show proof they have a pending appointment with Humane Ohio to have the procedure done. The Pet Food Pantry will serve up to #25 per household.
Cindy Reinsel, Executive Director for Toledo’s PET Bull Project says, “Toledo’s Pet Bull Project and G.O.A.L. have teamed up to help the community by offering this food pantry for low income families. This partnership will help fulfill the mission of Toledo’s PET Bull Project, Humane Ohio, and GOAL, helping families keep their pets well taken care of in their homes and teaching young adults with autism functional vocational skills and community involvement.“
Humane Ohio’s Development and Marketing Coordinator, Kayile Spotts, says, “The goals of both organizations’ pet food banks has been to allow people to provide for their pet’s needs – despite financial difficulty. We know that for so many people, their pet is one of the most important things in their life. Many of our food bank clients have shared that they will skip a meal themselves before they allow their pet to go hungry. This partnership will allow us to better distribute the pet food into the hands of those who truly need it.”
For more information or to set up an interview with Humane Ohio, please call Kaylie at 419-266-5607, x111. For information about Toledo’s PET Bull Project or to set up an interview with Director, Cindy, call 419-704-2216.
About Humane Ohio
Humane Ohio operates a non-profit, low-cost spay/neuter clinic and pet food bank that fixed over 16,400 animals and gave out more than 59,000lbs of pet food in 2017. Their spay/neuter clinic serves Ohio and Michigan and can offer low-cost spay/neuter prices because donations and grants help keep the cost low while maintaining high quality veterinary care. All spay/neuter surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians (DVMs) and every patient receives quality pain medication and anesthesia.
About Toledo’s PET Bull Project
Toledo’s PET Bull Project aims to prevent animal cruelty including dog fighting, educate dog owners on the importance of spay and neuter, and offers free training to help pet owners become good citizens and advocates for their dogs – whatever their breed. TPBP offers Humane Education to our youth, community outreach, and low cost training and grooming.