Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

A guest at Mobile Pet Food Bank, which Humane Society International Canada ran for the Jane Finch community in August 2020. The program will be in Scarborough for the first time on December 8th.

Where people go hungry in Toronto, the closet is also bare for family dogs and cats.

Humane Society International / Canada’s only mobile animal feed bank visits Scarborough for the first time on Wednesday 7 December.

A sign of hard times in Toronto, where the use of food banks has increased by 67 percent from last year, are people leaving pets or handing them over to shelters.

“People make extremely difficult decisions,” said Larysa Struk, food bank manager for Friends of HSI.

“Our goal is to keep pets and their families together.”

For many people, especially seniors, pets can be a lifeline, and especially at this time of year, it relieves stress to know that furry friends have food, Struk said.

The small mobile app – “I’m it, basically,” Struck said – started in April 2020 and is dependent on donations from Purina, Pet Valu and other companies.

The North York Harvest Food Bank often helps HSI by sending pet food to local agencies that distribute it, but it has gone to Moss Park and other sub-areas to host local events.

It will be at the Birchmount Bluffs Neighborhood Center, 93 Birchmount Rd., From dinner until 15:30, with Toronto Animal Services provides sterilization and castration services on their SNYP Truck.

BBNC will host a more well-known food bank – the people.

Because it’s a holiday, some new leashes, pet collars and other supplies will also be available to visitors, said Struk, a Scarborough resident.

“If you can use the help, come down.”

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