Many people get to spend Thanksgiving eating and drinking with those they love most, but homeless animals aren’t so lucky – especially after a pandemic that’s left shelters more crowded than ever before.
This situation is especially dire for dogs and cats in Louisiana, where shelters are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Ida. This leaves fewer resources to help dogs like Hildie, an emaciated stray who wound up at Iberville Parish Animal Shelter in desperate need of food and medical care.
The senior dog was in horrible shape, with broken, worn-down teeth, signs of overbreeding, and a serious case of heartworm disease. Heartworm is sadly common in the South–especially in Louisiana, which leads the country by rates of infection–but Hildie’s case was so severe that the senior dog was constantly coughing.
Hildie clearly required urgent attention, but she was also just one of many displaced animals flooding into the Lousiana shelter after Hurricane Ida. This led Greater Good Charities to rush Hildie’s shelter an emergency shipment of quality pet food, providing the senior dog the nutrition she needed to heal.
“Hildie never was in jeopardy of not having the highest quality nutrition to further help her recovery,” grateful shelter workers said. “That donation also gave the many strays and surrenders some of the best food they had ever had in their entire lives.”
Now Hildie is recovering in foster care with the shelter’s director, where she’ll stay until she’s healthy enough to be adopted. But while Hildie narrowly escaped a grim fate, there are millions of other hungry shelter pets who could use a good meal this holiday season.
Hildie’s close call inspired The Animal Rescue Site and Greater Good Charities to partner with Wag! to feed other hungry shelter pets this season. In honor of GivingTuesday, we’ll be hosting a pet food drive to feed hungry shelter animals, who are especially vulnerable as winter closes in.
Our goal is to provide 3 million meals to hungry shelter pets, both for animals like Hildie–who can’t become healthy, happy, adoptable pets without quality food–and to help cash-strapped shelters meet their biggest expense.
But we can’t provide all these meals without your support, which is more crucial than even during this difficult year. Can you donate $25 to help us provide 500 meals for hungry shelter pets? For a limited time, all donations will also be matched dollar for dollar (up to one million meals) by a generous donor. Donate today!
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