The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank Honored by Oregon Veterinary Medical Association with 2010 Veterinary Service Award

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Unprecedented donation from Canidae All Natural Pet Foods allowed The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank in Portland, Oregon to distribute more than 300,000 meals to needy animals and be acknowledged by Oregon Veterinary Medical Association for its dedication to the well-being of animals via the association's 2010 Veterinary Service Award.

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

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 honest need. Founder Larry Chusid's work has been acknowledged by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association who designated The Pongo Fund as their 2010 Veterinary Service Award winner.

Beginning with an unprecedented donation of $125,000 USD last year, Canidae Pet Foods 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. To date, The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank has distributed over 300,000 meals to needy dogs and cats, helping to keep families together in challenging economic times.

The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank is open to the public the second and fourth Sunday of every month. When asked about the most recent Sunday, founder Larry Chusid replied, "It was the kind of day when we set another attendance record, as our guests patiently waited in a line that reached all the way to the corner and part way around the block. The kind of day when we provided nearly 16,000 Canidae and Felidae meals for the hungry pets of some 160 families. In just three hours. It was the kind of day when Kathie Nelson, Executive Director of Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund, spent three hours in our lobby and walked away both thrilled and exhausted after 43 of our guests made the decision that very day to have their pets spayed and/or neutered."

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 and Washington, many of which 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 300,000 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 Foods 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 6,500 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/.

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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