Monthly Archives: August 2012

BOGO buyer embodies our spirit

Janis H. of Monroe, WA, woke up this morning not knowing she was going to do something heroic before noon. She may not even think of her actions later as being gallant, but we here at BOGO Bowl think she’s pretty special. And we’re guessing that the folks at Royse City  Animal Control in Texas will think she’s pretty special too when they receive our latest order.

Janis tells us that Monroe, WA is a small town 25 miles north of Seattle (nowhere near rural Texas, which will become relevant in a moment). She happened to be perusing Craigslist for the Seattle area and she came across the following post:

Tiny rural shelter needs our help!
http://www.examiner.com/slideshow/small-shelter-need

“I read the story, and saw the pictures and my heart just broke for the poor animals that ended up at that shelter,” Janis wrote in an email to us. Turns out it was Royse Animal Control and it was the first time Janis had ever heard of them. “No beds, no blankets, no toys, hardly enough food, absolutely no comfort for these animals. I knew I had to help them. I sent an email to all my dog-loving friends and asked if they'd be willing to pitch in for a "care package" to send to the shelter, and of course all of them are onboard! My daughter and I are going to assemble blankets, toys, treats, and more food this weekend to send to them.”

Then Janis had remembered seeing a link to BOGO Bowl on a webpage a few days earlier. “I remembered it this morning when I read the shelter story. I did a Google search and there you were!” she wrote. “I thought you had a wonderful idea to help shelter pets, so I wanted to give you my business.”

Janis knows how much animals need us and we need them. She is mom to two cats – Sadie, 6 and Tia, 5; and two long-haired miniature Dachsunds – Tag, 3 ½ and Amber, 6. “They are my little lovebugs,” she says.

Thanks Janis for being so giving and letting us help you in your act of kindness.

We believe in Dog!

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You don't have to convince us!

You're preaching to the choir! Check out Boomer Highway's blog:

http://boomerhighway.org/keeping-your-pet-healthy-is-good-for-you/

 

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Why do pet pantries matter?

"Rich or poor, illness or health, the bonds of love that we create with our pets are some of the most important bonds ever created." 

Many people are new to the concept of a pet food pantry, and wonder why we'd fight so hard to keep people and their pets together when the animal could be placed in a shelter. Kimberly, founder of our new BOGO Buddy The Pet Project, explains:

One of my favorite stories and one of the reasons that The Pet Project began: There was a man living in a camper with his dog Suzie. He was nearly emaciated and his dog was pleasantly plump. When offered resources for housing assistance, he politely declined, saying that any program that doesn't let him keep Suzie isn't a program for which he was interested in applying. It was also discovered after seeing him sharing a sandwich with the pup that any food he managed to scrounge up, the majority went to Suzie. The Pet Project got involved and started leaving bags of dog food so that he could feed both of them without having to sacrifice his own nutrition. Suzie was one of the happiest, most well adjusted dogs we've ever seen. It speaks to the fact that rich or poor, illness or health, the bonds of love that we create with our pets are some of the most important bonds ever created. We are committed to supporting those relationships whenever possible to maintain the levels of happiness, security, love and devotion for both people and their companions.

Another thing that I hear consistently at our vaccination clinics are tales of what a person would have had to sacrifice to get their pet the care we offer.  One man with a Newfoundland mix said that he would have had to give up his heart medication for the month if we hadn't offered our clinic...and he was prepared to do so.

Our community and our food shelf partners and clients are grateful for every little thing.  Once we'd been delivering food to food shelves for about 3 months, people started looking forward to seeing us.  On one summer day, there were about 10 people sitting outside a food shelf, a mix of clients and volunteers.  When The Pet Project showed up, the people stood up and clapped and someone yelled "It's the pet food lady!"  Two weeks later at that same food shelf, one of our volunteers, Kim, was approached by a woman who teared up as she took Kim's hand and said "God bless you, it means so much to me to be able to give my kitties good food instead of feeding them my cans of tuna".

We have a lot of stories of emotional and grateful recipients of our hard work, but our volunteers are equally as touched by the visible change that they see in their frequent visits to the food shelves.

We couldn't agree more with Kimberly's mission or her belief that rich or poor, people and their pets belong together. There are pet food pantries all across this country, and we intend to help them all!

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