Blue Cross teams up with London food banks to help struggling pet owners feed their animals

HELPING PET OWNERS: People are being forced to consider making the heartbreaking decision to give up their companion so the Blue Cross are stepping in to help (Image: Helen Yates)

The Blue Cross animal charity has teamed up with food banks in London to help pet owners who are struggling to feed their animals as everyday living costs continue to rise.

The charity’s animal hospitals in Hugh Street, Victoria; Merton High Street in Merton, and in Argyle Place, King Street, and Hammersmith are collecting donations of dog, cat, and kitten food, as well as cat litter. The hospitals have teamed up with Westminster Chapel; Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank; Roehampton Community Box, and Wimbledon Foodbank who will be distributing the food to pet owners in need of help.

Louise Newman, hospital lead at Blue Cross Victoria animal hospital, said: “We’ve heard stories of owners going without food themselves to cover the cost of feeding or caring for their pets and are aware that for some people their pets are their only companions and link to the outside world.No pet should have to go hungry, and no one should have to choose between feeding themselves or feeding their animals.

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“Pets are part of the family and that’s why we’ve teamed up with our local food banks to help people keep their family together. Your donations will help people who have nowhere else to turn.”

A spokesperson for Westminster Chapel said: “For a number of food bank users their only companion is their pet which has been a part of their family for some time. The cost of living crisis is causing individuals to consider if they need to make the heartbreaking decision to give up their companion as they are unable to support them and don’t want to see them suffer.”

Saba Hassan, deputy CEO at Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank, said: “With the cost of living crisis and the cold setting in, we expect demand for our food parcels to increase. We are looking forward to receiving pet food donations from Blue Cross to supplement our emergency food parcels that we provide to residents in crisis in Hammersmith and Fulham.”

Donations of pet food can be dropped off at Blue Cross Victoria, Hammersmith, and Merton hospitals. Find out more information or make a cash donation online, and find out more information on how to access a food bank for help for your pet here.

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