A Downers Grove pet food pantry has an unusual problem. The Wet Nose Pet Food Pantry has plenty of donations of dog food, cat food, cat litter and other supplies. They are presently running low on people who need the donations.
While the economy continues its slow turnaround, there are still plenty of families in need in the Western Suburbs. They just aren’t connecting with the pet food pantry. Kate Quinn, the founder of the pantry, has been working with churches, regular food pantries and the media to get the word out about her services. However, the crowds this year have been sparse.
“We are only getting a handful of families when we are open for distribution dates,” says Quinn on the Facebook Page for the Wet Nose Pet Food Pantry. “If we don’t have more customers for the pantry, we may need to shut down at the end of the year. I’ve reached out the community to help get the word out, but I’m not seeing an increase in applicants.”
Quinn operate the Wet Nose Pet Food Pantry out of Eagle Storage at 555 Rogers Street in Downers Grove. She opens the doors one Saturday a month at 10 a.m. to provide pet food and supplies to families that qualify for the services. The next days she is slated to be open are – April 6, May 4, and June 8. You will need two current proofs of need, a driver’s license with a current address and spay/neuter records for your pet. More details may be found here.
Each time she opens her doors, her goal is to help out 10 to 15 families. This year, it’s been about three to six families. Quinn is working hard to increase the numbers so that she can continue to help pet families in need.
Currently, the temporary pet food assistance is capped at 6 months to open the program to more people.
Quinn is active in the animal rescue community in the Western suburbs. Through her work, she knows that one of the toughest decisions some families make is relinquishing their pet or pets when times are tough.
Sometimes, donations of pet food and supplies are all that is needed to keep pets with their family. That helps families get over the hump and keeps pets out of the over crowded shelter system. For seniors, sometimes their pet is their only family left in the area and donations like these make the world of difference.
Information about how to qualify is available on her Website along with an application. Please pass the word along to rescues, community groups, churches and other organizations to keep the doors of the pantry open.
Those in need may check out her website for information and for an application. Quinn says she can always use food and cash donations to help her keep the pantry going for people in her community. Donations may be mailed in or done through PayPal. Follow the Wet Nose Pet Food Pantry on Facebook to find out when and where they’ll be open for food pick up.