Tomlinson’s Pound 4 Pound drive keeps local rescues fed during COVID-19

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tomlinson’s Pound 4 Pound pet food drive will distribute 54,529 pounds of donated pet food to 39 local animal rescues Wednesday.

The donated pet food will help rescues keep animals fed for an entire year. Officials with Tomlinson’s said this helps provide support and allows organizations to allocate the money they would normally spend on pet food to other services such as pet medical care.

Those with S.A.F.E Refuge of Central Texas said they’re grateful for the donation.

“When we don’t have to worry about all the food to feed all our intakes and rescues for the year, we can put that money toward treating these animals and taking them in from the shelters,” Jeff Donaldson, a foster and volunteer with the rescue as well as an assistant manager at a Tomlinson’s Pet Store said.

Donaldson said this allows those at the rescue to concentrate on the issues at hand which some have developed from the pandemic.

“We’re seeing a lot more people that may not have adopted before adopting,” he said.

Last year, the rescue was able to help roughly 200 animals find a forever home. Donaldson said the numbers this year are about the same. He said the new adoptions he’s noticing are being sparked by a group of people who are now working from home and have time for a pet.

“On the other hand, there are monetary and other issues like people losing their jobs, they’re unemployed, so they can’t afford their animals,” Donaldson added.

The longtime volunteer said the rescue has received some surrenders. Donaldson said many of them are being surrendered because of health issues such as heartworm problems.

At present, Tomlinson’s is collecting donations for next year’s pet food drive. Those who would like to help have through Christmas Eve to donate.. Each donation is matched and goes to local organizations.

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