Local Business’s Monumental Donation
Revitalizes Pet Food Banks
Albuquerque, NM. Thursday, December 3, 2015—Long Leash On Life donates
70,000 pounds of pet food to local pet food banks and rescue
organizations in response to overwhelming needs. Locally owned by Ken
Wormser and Norm Shrout, Long Leash On Life is a health food and supply
store for pets. This year, they will orchestrate disseminating multiple
truckloads of pet food from their 9800 Montgomery NE store location.
Beneficiaries will gather at 1:00 pm to fetch the donated food for
their grateful four-legged recipients.
“Every human deserves the love
of a pet companion, regardless of income, age or personal circumstance.
Pets connect with us through a unique human-animal bond; they provide
meaningful enrichment as well as proven health benefits to their pet
parents. For many people living alone, a pet may be their support
system as well as their only consistent companion,” says Norm Shrout,
co-owner of Long Leash On Life. “Since local pet food banks can help
pets and their people stay together, we consider supporting their
efforts a high priority,” adds Ken Wormser.
Albuquerque pet food banks have served many thousands of
pets in 2015,
a significant increase over previous years. This critical need for pet
food is shared by homebound senior citizens, rescue organizations, and
pet parents unable to afford cat and dog food. Despite best efforts,
most food banks are unable to keep up with this growing demand, thereby
increasing the risk of pets being given up or abandoned.
A meaningful series of pet food donations from Long
Leash On Life have brought
relief to many under-nourished local cats and dogs. “We’re dedicated to
helping these less-fortunate animals,” states Norm Shrout. “Our ongoing
animal welfare commitments have recently surpassed $150,000, which
include cash and in-kind donations to local rescue organizations as
well as Animal Humane New Mexico.”
Local business support, like that
from Long Leash On Life, is vital to the success of local pet programs
and food bank services. According to the 2013 Indie Impact Study Series
performed by Keep It Querque, national chains only recirculate 13.6% of
their revenue into the local economy in the form of local purchases,
paychecks, profits, and charitable giving, versus a noteworthy 39% by
local businesses in Albuquerque.
Groups Benefiting from Long Leash On Life Winter Pet
Food Drive 2015: