Many people consider their pets to be family members. For some of our vulnerable populations they provide a significant lifeline that promotes social interaction and supports emotional well-being. The felt sense of isolation resulting from the Stay Home; Stay Safe order, as well as the fear and uncertainty of COVID-19, has demonstrated the critical role pets have for people in maintaining mental health and a sense of well-being. The act of caring for these animals who furnish us with unconditional love provides meaning and purpose. When people are stripped of the ability to care for their pet due to loss of income, mobility, or health the result can lead to a sense of powerlessness, hopelessness, and despair.
The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted access for some people to essential food and supplies for their pets. Our vulnerable populations have found it more difficult to access pet food and supplies due to barriers such as their own presenting health issues, financial loss, lack of transportation, and heightened safety concerns. This inability to provide for their pets is further ‘evidence’ of one’s lack of power, control, and efficacy in the world. These feelings and thoughts are the seeds of despair and hopelessness. The uncertainty of the disease, employment, and the future can be assuaged somewhat by enabling these populations to provide for their pets.
Kindred Souls Foundation provides outreach to vulnerable populations by re-designating our unused donated food and supplies from pet stores and manufacturers. The pet food supply chain has been impacted by COVID-19 and our food and supply donations have decreased. We continue to work directly with stores and manufactures for donated supply, but there has been a significant increase in need from our community. Since the Stay Home; Stay Healthy order was put into place, there has been a 100% increase in requests from our community for pet food and supplies.
Our goal is to raise $2,500 so that we can provide 1-3 months’ worth of cat and dog food to 50 families. No amount is too small, and all amounts are deeply appreciated. Together we stand, Together we heal.