Pet Food Bank Helps Keep Pets with Their Owners

Around a year ago, Kim O'Konis founded a food back for area pets in Massachusetts. The goal is to "get much needed and costly food for their beloved dogs and cats."

The Central MA Kibble Kitchen is an all-volunteer operation that distributes some 4,000 pounds of pet food every week, to around 200 pets. O'Konis believes around 70,000 pounds of pet food has been given out so far since January 2015.

O'Konis told The Huffington Post "The main mission of the Central MA Kibble Kitchen is keeping pets with their families so they don’t have to consider relinquishing them to shelters."

They also help keep furry family members with their human family members instead of going to shelters due to financial hardship. O'Konis says her clients range from the homeless to those getting divorced or escaping domestic violence. Then, there are those who are unemployed and finding it difficult to get new sources of income. They all share a love for their pets and keeping them safe and healthy.

One client, whom O'Konis calls Jane, lost her home due to exorbitant medical expenses and was worried she was going to lose her dog and chief source of comfort, a Boston terrier named Chiquita. The Central MA Kibble Kitchen helped to keep Chiquita fed, spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.

Yet, what's most important, is that Chiquita and Jane are still together. O'Konis added, "To see the relief on a parent's face, when they don't have to consider giving up a beloved family pet, is beyond words."

Photo: WCVB, Green Limbs

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