Carmarthenshire among Welsh branches of RSPCA distributing 49,000 servings of pet supplies to food banks

The RSPCA branch in Carmarthenshire has been involved in food bank deposits so they can distribute donations to pet owners who are struggling to feed their animals due to the cost of living crisis.

Carmarthenshire RSPCA branch administrator Tracey Clarke (pictured above) said they were delighted to be part of the scheme and were handing out four pallets of pet food

The Wales Pet Food Bank involves obtaining donations of dog and cat food from suppliers and then distributing it through RSPCA branches to food banks and organizations across Wales.

Donations so far have gone to the Llandovery Community Center Food Bank, as well as the Gwili Cafe Food Bank collection point in Llandeilo. The branch also plans to travel to other locations in the county.

Tracey said: ‘It’s just heartbreaking to think that due to the rising cost of living, owners are struggling to feed their pets, and increasingly relying on food banks.

“We hope that through this food bank scheme we can provide support to people and their beloved pets in the Carmarthenshire area.”

Tracey added that they had more food to distribute.

“We recently took delivery of canned dog food from – United Petfood UK Ltd, Llangadog,” she added.

“They were extremely generous and helpful with loading and unloading and we would like to thank them very much.”

All 11 RSPCA branches in Wales are part of the food bank initiative – with a group of branches in North Wales initially coming together to fund and make this scheme possible.

The scheme was rolled out across Wales in June so that all branches could join in the effort to distribute food where it was most needed.

Carl Lloyd, who coordinates the Wales programme, said: ‘Since June we have distributed just over 49,000 servings of food to over 20 food banks and other groups across Wales.

“We know this is badly needed across Wales and we are very happy to be able to help distribute this food which has been graciously donated to us.

“We have three RSPCA distribution centers in Wales – Mochdre, Newport and at the Llys Nini Animal Center in Swansea, and since our last delivery North Wales has received 10 pallets, Newport has received 19 and the hub Llys Nini received 10.”

This summer, the RSPCA recently released its Animal Kindness Index, a groundbreaking inaugural report, in partnership with the Scottish SPCA, which examined the nation’s attitude towards animals.

The report, based on a YouGov survey of over 4,000 UK adults, found that the rising cost of living and cost of owning a pet could threaten our love for our pets, 72% of pet owners saying they think the cost of living will impact their pets.

Nearly 70% expressed concern about the rising cost of care, and a fifth worried about how they could afford to feed their pets.

The study showed that cat owners seem to be most affected and concerned by cost of living pressures.

The RSPCA has published cost of living advice which can be found on its website here.

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