With all of the massive pet food recalls in the past few months, not only are all of the pets and pet owners victims, but animal shelters around the U.S. are suffering also. Food shelves at shelters are bare because donations have drastically dropped. Normally grocery stores will donate “pallets’ worth of dented containers of wet food and ragged bags of kibble” to food banks, but the stores are too busy trying to restock their warehouses due to the recalls and are not able to donate as much food as they usually do.
The Good Shepard Food Bank in Auburn, Maine supplies about 12 animal shelters with pet food that they typically get from grocery stores, but they are completely out of canned food and they have half the amount of dry food that they normally had before the recalls hit. A spokesperson from the food bank said that it could be weeks or months before the donation rates from retail stores return back to normal.