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SnowCap takes donations to feed family pets

Agency wants to ensure that low-income folks don't give 'people food' to their furry friends
by: Photo courtesy of LeeAnn Gauthier, Chuckie, a 3-year-old poodle mix, joins owner JoAnna Ortiz of Gresham at SnowCap Community Charities, which gives out pet food donations. SnowCap provides nutritious food for dogs, cats and other pets.

SnowCap Community Charities is seeking donations of pet food to help out low-income folks struggling to feed their furry friends.

Judy Alley, SnowCap's executive director, says the agency doesn't want folks to give 'people food' to their pets.

'That is a big reason why SnowCap works to provide proper food for family pets, mainly dogs and cats,' she says. ''People food' is donated with one intention and 'pet food' with another. We honor our donors' intentions.'

SnowCap does not want to see any animal being surrendered or abandoned because a family cannot afford to feed them, she adds.

'When you lose your job, or your income is shortened, you shouldn't have to give away your cat or dog,' she says. 'Hard times are easier to manage when you have the undying love of a four-legged friend.'

Elaine Waddington, 65, of Gresham can attest to that. Her husband, Mike, 55, a 20-year veteran of the Oregon National Guard, went from full-time to part-time work two years ago after a move to another state that didn't work out, and the couple have struggled to make ends meet since they moved back. That includes trying to feed their two dogs and two cats, she says.

'Before ... we used to donate to SnowCap all the time,' Waddington says, noting they've benefited from SnowCap donations of people food while their animals have benefited from pet food donations.

'We can't shop for new clothes or anything, but by golly we make sure they get their food,' she says, adding: 'These little guys are so special. I know that there's many people who've had to give their pets up.'

Fortunately, that's not the case for the Waddingtons thanks to SnowCap, she says.

'They're the kindest people,' she says.

Families can pick up pet food when they 'shop' the SnowCap pantry for their people food. Sometimes pet toys and kitty litter are also available. SnowCap also includes pet food in food boxes delivered to seniors or disabled persons with pets.

SnowCap accepts pet food donations at its distribution center at 17788 S.E. Pine St. (behind Rockwood United Methodist Church) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

Monetary donations for pet food can be sent to SnowCap, P.O. Box 160, Fairview, 97024 . Donors should write 'Pet Food' on the memo line on their checks, Alley says.

SnowCap receives occasional requests for pet food for animals other than dogs and cats, Alley adds.

'We help feed birds and fish and even provided special foods for a ferret,' she says. 'SnowCap donors are incredibly varied and generous.'

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