The Pet Food Bank by Cariad Pet Therapy (run by Cariad Pet Therapy). Cariad Pet Therapy is a Community Interest Company established in 2018 and runs an award winning therapy dog organisation across Wales and Scotland.
The pet food bank supports the challenges that pet owners currently face so that unintentional neglect can be tackled at an early stage and ultimately prevented, enabling people and animals to be kept together where possible.
Providing a dedicated pet food bank in our community can make a difference to support animal welfare on the doorstep, instead of the rescue centres picking up the pieces when things have gone wrong, and an animal and person has suffered.
Research has found that 72% of UK pet owners are saying they think the cost of living will impact their animals, 28% of pet owners are worried about being able to care for their pets and 19% are worried about feeding their pets. 75% of tenants state they had a pet for emotional (77%) and mental health (83%) support; 37% of tenants have had to choose between a pet and a roof over their head; 28% of tenants stated it took them 12 months to find pet friendly accommodation and 69% of tenants said they would risk becoming homeless if it meant they could stay with their pets.
These stats indicate just some of the challenges pet owners are facing due to the current economic climate. We estimate that 1.9 million pets are owned by people who use human food banks.
Pet Food Bank by Cariad Pet Therapy was set up in December 2020 with support from the WCVA with a COVID recovery grant for 6 months. It opened its doors on January 4th 2021. Since then we have moved the pet food bank next door to 115 City Road, with the original shop, 113, now becoming the Head Office for Cariad Pet Therapy.
We currently recieve support from The National Lottery Community Fund, plus Winter Pressure & Keep Well Keep Warm funds from PAVS/Pembrokeshire Community Council. We receive generous support from Harringtons/IPN with pet food.
Since January 2021 the pet food bank has donated 271,173 pet food meals to pet owners experiencing financial hardship.
Cariad Pet Therapy were awarded the 'Wellbeing in Wales' award at the Welsh Charity Awards in November 2022 and were featured on ITV Wales.
We were featured along with the RSPCA and The Blue Cross in an article in The i paper about pet food banks in the UK. Article link is here: Cost of living crisis: Pet owners go without to feed their animals (inews.co.uk)