Pet Food Bank On The Move

A new partnership is in place between the Downtown Mission and the Windsor Essex County Humane Society.

Humane Society Executive Director Melanie Coulter says starting on July 1st, the Pet Food Bank will shift to the Downtown Mission.

She says the food bank has been operating out of the humane society for a number of years but a central location was needed.

Coulter believes the partnership will serve the community well.

"Some people were using it on a more chronic basis and that's where I think the mission partnership will work well because when people are having food security issues for themselves, they can also deal with them when they're having issues with their pet as well," says Coulter.

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AM800 file photo of the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society (Photo by Teresinha Medeiros)

Coulter adds the humane society will still collect donations for the food bank.

"We're not just handing it over and saying here Downtown Mission you take care of this, we've committed to still stocking the mission with the food," says Coulter.  "We're still going to be relying on our supporters in our community to keep that pet food bank full and stocked to make sure food is available for people who need it."

Coulter says on average 75 pets per month are receiving food assistance through the pet food bank.

The pet food bank will operate out of the Mission's Ouellette location. (875 Ouellette Ave)

It will run from 10am until 3pm, Tuesday through Friday.          

- with files from AM800's Peter Langille