Animal Rescue League of Iowa Sees Pet Food Pantry Demand Soar

Bowl with dog food

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(Des Moines, IA) -- The Animal Rescue League of Iowa has distributed more than 130 thousand pounds of pet food this year, a 200% increase over 2021.

The ARL's Pet Food Pantry began during the pandemic and is now held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. The next one is Wednesday, December 14th, from 2-3:30 at 1615 SE 14th Street, Des Moines. The ARL also partners with DMARC and the Food Bank of Iowa to add pet food and supplies along with human food at distribution sites. Walk-in pantries at ARL Animal Services are also open six days a week for pets in need.

“As inflation and the cost of pet food and supplies continue to rise, more people than ever are struggling to feed their pets. No one – human or pet – should have to experience the pain of hunger. By providing pet food to those who are struggling, we are not only helping reduce hunger in pets, we are doing the same for their human caregivers,” said Tom Colvin, CEO of the ARL. 

 The U.S. Labor Statistics Bureau reports pet food costs have risen 10-to-13 percent in 2022.


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