Canidae Helps The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank Provide 250,000 Dog and Cat Meals to Oregon Families

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With an unprecedented donation from CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods, The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank in Portland, Oregon is able to distribute 250,000 meals to needy animals, helping to keep families together in challenging economic times.

"What began as an effort to feed two hungry dogs... blossomed into Oregon’s largest single charitable effort dedicated to providing quality dog and cat food for the family pets of anyone in honest need; nearly 250,000 meals to date."

CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods has partnered with The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank in Portland, Oregon to distribute super-premium pet food to anyone in need. Beginning with an unprecedented donation of $125,000 USD last year, the pet food company continues to assist The Pongo Fund's founder Larry Chusid to fulfill his vision of helping families in need stay together by ensuring that they are able to feed their companion animals.

"One person shared how their pets were finally not panicking at the time of being fed, so that the hoarding and throwing up due to frenzied eating actually had become minimal and that the animals were finally feeling secure that tomorrow would bring more food. Another man cried and told me stories how his two 14 year old cats depended on him and how they made him get out of bed every day. One lovely older women teared up and confessed that she never thought she would be in such a situation as she is in today. Her son cried and thanked me for our assistance," said Shannon, one The Pongo Fund's dedicated volunteers.

The Pongo Fund is already providing thousands of pet meals every month, and is poised to handle a greater distribution capacity as news continues to spread throughout the Northwest. The charity's professional volunteer coordinator ensures that the 50 active volunteers are well trained and ready to offer dignified assistance to families in need. The Pongo Fund has 200 more people on a waiting list ready to help as demand continues to grow.

On January 24, 2010, guests were lined up around the corner waiting in the rain for the pet food bank doors to open at noon. "In just three short hours we were honored to provide more than 13,000 quality meals for the 465 dog and cat family members of 135 families," said founder Larry Chusid, who continued, "What began as an effort little more than two years ago to feed two hungry dogs underneath the Morrison Bridge has blossomed into Oregon's largest single charitable effort dedicated to providing quality dog and cat food for the family pets of anyone in honest need; nearly 250,000 meals to date."

The Pongo Fund and CANIDAE Pet Foods reach out beyond the pet food bank as well. The extensive distribution of CANIDAE dog and cat food includes support for some two dozen non-profit community organizations in Oregon & Washington, many of whom are experiencing a decline in donations and need extra assistance.

In addition to receiving free super-premium pet food, guests at the pet food bank are given nutritional information and tips for safely transitioning their dogs to an all natural, premium diet. "A lot of these folks were surprised to find that they needed less CANIDAE than the pet foods from grocery stores they were used to feeding," said CANIDAE Controller Jason Castillo. "We explained that because CANIDAE doesn't contain the corn, wheat and fillers that some other brands do, there is a lot more nutrition in each pound."

The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank is centrally located in Portland, directly across from the Oregon Convention Center and is open the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Anyone who expresses a genuine need is welcome to receive a two week supply of premium Canidae or Felidae pet food for their dogs or cats. Details at http://www.thepongofund.org.

About The Pongo Fund

Founded in 2007 by Larry Chusid, The Pongo Fund has provided over 200,000 quality meals to the dogs and cats of the needy and homeless in and around the Portland, Oregon area, helping to protect these animals from being abandoned or surrendered simply because their families cannot afford to feed them. The Pongo Fund is an all volunteer charity and the only program specifically designed to consistently provide quality dog and cat food to the animals of anyone in need. Their address is PO Box 8244, Portland, Oregon, 97207. The Pongo Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity. http://www.thepongofund.org

About CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods

Founded out of love for pets and animals, CANIDAE Pet Food, Inc. manufactures and distributes a complete line of healthy meat-based, holistic, all natural dog food, cat food, and gourmet pet treats sold worldwide through independent pet food retailers including over 7,000 locations throughout the United States and Canada. For the most recent information about CANIDAE and its line of healthy pet products, visit http://www.canidae.com/canidae-news-updates.html.

About Responsible Pet Ownership

In accordance with its philosophy of promoting Responsible Pet Ownership through proper nutrition and care, CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods is the title sponsor of the Responsible Pet Ownership blog which provides helpful tips and advice for caring pet owners. This daily RPO blog exists as a free service to all pet owners, offering articles from a range of professional pet authors on topics such as natural nutrition, training and exercise, veterinarian care, planned breeding, spaying and neutering, and supporting reputable breeders and rescue groups. Pet owners can subscribe to these informative daily articles at http://canidaepetfood.blogspot.com/.

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