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PetSmart donates $10K to Dog Food Bank

A dog’s life just got better — or to be more accurate, hundreds of dogs’ lives just got better on Oct. 2, when PetSmart presented a $10,000 check to Friends Involved in Dog Outreach.

by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Linda Cloud, AniMeals coordinator, and volunteer Jan Straessle pack dog food into bags, while Kady, Straessle's dog, watches.Volunteers at FIDO, based in a warehouse on Kaen Road in Oregon City, will use the money to pay overhead expenses, like utility bills and maintenance, janitorial and security fees.

“The gift from PetSmart will pay our county fees for a year, and money generated from fundraisers and donations will allow us to keep ahead of the game,” said Linda Cloud, AniMeals coordinator.

She said PetSmart also donated a substantial amount of food for both cats and dogs, something the organization always needs. In addition, 24 PetSmart employees from Oregon and southwest Washington came to the warehouse at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2 to help bag dog food and deliver it to seniors in the AniMeals program.

“They put us all to work, and it was a lot of fun and rewarding to spend time with the volunteers. We want to be there to support and appreciate what they do — they are the heroes,” said Jeff Mlady, manager of the Clackamas PetSmart store on 82nd Avenue.

The $10,000 gift came about because Mlady met volunteers from FIDO and found out the organization was in a financial crunch.

“This program allows us to reach out to the community and have a lasting and personalized impact on the community by supporting pet adoption and rescue organizations, along with shelters,” Mlady said.

FIDO and AniMeals

FIDO, a nonprofit founded in 2004, was set up to help keep pets in homes and out of shelters. In 2005, volunteers at FIDO began the AniMeals program. It works in conjunction with Clackamas County Social Services to deliver dog and cat food to the housebound pet owners who receive Meals on Wheels.

“In 2009, we heard about people in limbo, who didn’t have the resources to buy dog food or who were maybe waiting for unemployment checks. We then realized that others need help besides seniors, so we started the Dog Food Bank,” Cloud said, noting that people receiving food from the program need to meet proof-of-low-income status.

The Dog Food Bank is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the third Saturday of every month at the warehouse, and people who bring proof of low-income status will be given 20 pounds of dog food, which should last them one month, Cloud said.

“We go through 25,000 Ziploc bags a year,” she said.

The bank always needs more food and volunteers for events or to drop off bags of food at the Milwaukie, Oregon City, Estacada and Canby senior centers. You can also set up an appointment to bring donations to the warehouse.

“We’d love to expand to do a cat food bank, but we would need a steady supply of 500 to 800 pounds of cat food a month,” Cloud said.

“We help over 100 families and 200 dogs a month through the Dog Food Bank, and another 100 seniors’ pets in AniMeals. Doing this makes people happy. They can keep their pets, and it keeps the pets out of the shelters or from being euthanized,” she said.

Soon after the Dog Food Bank opened in 2009, people in other states wanted to use FIDO, AniMeals and the Dog Food Bank as models for programs in their areas.

“The Dog Food Bank has helped people start pet food banks in Wyoming, Vermont, Florida, Oklahoma, Indiana and California. It’s nice that it’s spreading,” Cloud said.

October is a busy month for FIDO volunteers. On Oct. 12, the Gladstone Burgerville on McLoughlin Boulevard will host a fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m., with 10 percent of profits going to the organization.

Then on Oct. 12 and 13, the Berry Hill K-Mart on Beavercreek Road will host a vaccination clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Pets can get rabies shots for $10 or a vet check and microchip for $30; or they can do both for $35,” Cloud said.

FIDO Dog Food Bank

Where: 2100 Kaen Road, Oregon City

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. The next event will be Oct. 19, at the warehouse.

Contact: Call Linda Cloud, AniMeals coordinator, at 971-678-6940, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Website: Visit fido-clackamas.org for more information on all FIDO programs.

Donations: Donated cat and dog food may be dropped off at area senior centers in Milwaukie, Oregon City, Estacada and Canby. Mail checks to FIDO, P.O. Box 1896, Clackamas, OR 97015.




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