RSPCA partners with local food banks amid Covid-19 pandemic

Animal charity RSPCA has announced two of its London branches have teamed up with their local food bank to help provide a regular supply of pet food to vulnerable owners during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Wimbledon Foodbank has joined forces with RSPCA Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Sutton Branch as well as the RSPCA Balham and Tooting Branch, forming an RSPCA Pet foodbank team. 

Jon Featherstone, chair of the Wimbledon Foodbank, said: “We’re currently providing three days of food packages for up to 150 people a day and we estimate that around 20% of those are pet owners. 

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“Ourselves and the RSPCA are keen to help people stay with their pets, who often provide much needed emotional support through this difficult time.”

Ali Hellewell of the Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Sutton branch added: “We know that this is a challenging time for everyone and that some pet owners are extremely worried about continuing to care for their pets through the Covid-19 crisis.

“We hope to ease some of that pressure by teaming up with the Wimbledon Foodbank to provide pet food for the pet owners who are most in need. Even in the midst of a pandemic we are a nation of animal lovers and the food bank has seen people in difficult times who have chosen to feed their pets over feeding themselves, which shows why this service is so important.”

She concluded: “We cannot do this alone, however, which is why we’re asking animal lovers to donate to help us get pet food to those who need it the most.”

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