Cariad Pet Food Bank is a community project set up and run by Cariad Pet Therapy. Cariad Pet Therapy is a Community Interest Company established in 2018 and runs an award winning pet therapy organisation across West and South Wales.
Cariad Pet Food Bank 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 at the new pet food bank shop at 113 City Road, Haverfordwest.
We felt that pet owners in our community shouldn't have to face the difficult decision of whether to feed their pets before themselves. We could see that pet food poverty was a real issue that went often unseen. We estimated that 1.9 million pets are owned by people who use a human food bank.
Our mission is:
to ensure that pets have access to nutritious food during times of financial hardship
by offering a pet owner a timely, responsive, individual pet food bank service they will continue to receive the comfort, companionship and wellness that pets provide
these measures, in turn, will aid the prevention of a pet being taken into a rehoming facility
Since January 2021 - February 2022 the pet food bank has donated 109,328 pet food meals to pet owners experiencing financial hardship in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Cariad Pet Food Bank, along with Cariad Pet Therapy was nominated by ITV's Good Morning Britain for a '1 million minutes' award. ITV sent a film crew down to film us at the pet food bank and at a school carrying out a pet therapy visit.
We were interviewed live on Christmas Eve 2021 on Good Morning Britain by presenters Kate Garroway and Richard Bacon.
During the live interview we were informed that we were in fact the winners of the award and Strictly Come Dancing's professional dancer Karen Hauer, with her dog, virtually presented us with the award.
We were featured along with the RSPCA and The Blue Cross in an article in The i paper on 26th February 2022 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)