Pet Food Pantry expanded services in 2019

By Kendra Caruso | Jan 13, 2020
Courtesy of: Heidi Blood This pet food donated to the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry will be given to pet owners who need it.

Belfast — Waldo County Pet Food Pantry in Belfast raised more than $12,000 in 2019 and spent $9,347 to offer reduced-price clinical services to help decrease the load on the state's overburdened spay-and-neuter program, according to founder Heidi Blood.

The pantry held nine spay and neuter clinics in 2019 for 207 cats and eight small dogs at a discounted price. It partnered with the Community Spay-Neuter Clinic in Topsham.

The nonprofit organization also helps feed more than 500 animals a month.

The pantry was started at the Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3108 in 2013 to serve veterans, according to Blood, but has since expanded its services to the larger community, with a priority still placed on veterans. There are no income guidelines, but area residents are allowed only a certain number of visits in a calendar year.

The Pet Food Pantry runs a program that provides grain, hay and other supplies to farmers who are veterans in Waldo County. It also held a free vaccination event for rabies, distemper, fleas and ticks.

Blood, who is an animal control officer for several Waldo County towns, saw a need when area shelters told her residents were forfeiting their pets because they could not afford to feed them.

She said area shelters are seeing fewer animals surrendered because of food insecurity, but said the shelters are still crowded with unadopted animals. In recent months, the pet food pantry has started offering services to Knox County residents who were displaced by Penobscot Pet Pantry’s closing.

Looking forward, the nonprofit's goals in 2020 are to raise funds to offer flea and tick control, while continuing its pet food pantry and offering vaccination and spay-and-neuter clinics, Blood said.

Community support is a crucial part of attaining its goals, and the Pet Food Pantry encourages local residents and businesses to help out with what they can, she said.

The Pet Food Pantry works with Loyal Biscuit, Hannaford, Family Pet Center, Belfast Co-op and Walmart. It accepts used items like open bags of food, litter, treats, or used blankets, toys, dishes, beds, collars and leashes.

Located at 34 Field St., the pantry is open the third Saturday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Donations are accepted via checks by mail, PayPal to hjb04915@yahoo.com or Facebook and returnable bottles to Little River Redemption Center. For more information, visit waldocountypetfoodpantry.com.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Sarah Reynolds | Jan 15, 2020 09:25

Thank you for the correction. It is now reflected above. -- Editor



Posted by: Heidi Blood | Jan 13, 2020 15:59

Please edit to read that WE DO accept donations of opened food and litter.



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