HEARTS ALIVE VILLAGE ANIMAL RESCUE
PROVIDES PET FOOD TO THE COMMUNITY
Hearts Alive Village Animal Rescue has expanded their Kendall’s Kupboard food pantry to become the Pet Food Disaster Distribution Center for the State of Nevada, thanks to food donations from GreaterGood.org and a grant for space and equipment from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation.
With the Las Vegas unemployment rate surpassing 33% and Nevada’s unemployment rate above 28%, many pet owners are finding it difficult to feed their pets, leading many to consider surrendering their beloved pet to the shelter. In an effort to keep pets in their original homes, Hearts Alive Village Animal Rescue provides pet food to families in Nevada struggling to feed their animals. Since its expansion, Kendall’s Kupboard has gone from feeding 200-300 pets a month, to over 915 households including 1,894 dogs and 1,021 cats.
In addition, the pet food bank is supplying food to fellow rescue and welfare organizations throughout the state including Path 4 Paws, Street Dogz, Southern Nevada Animal Rescue League, Vegas Pet Rescue Project, Project 4 Humanity, A Home 4 Spot, and Wend Rover Pet Connection. This equates to over 17,000 lbs. of food distributed to individuals and organizations.
This local distribution of pet food is part of a multi-million-dollar nationwide donation effort that GreaterGood.org is executing to help the pet communities across the U.S. impacted most by the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis, while also affecting pet parents,” said Liz Baker, CEO for GreaterGood.org. “It is our duty to step in and offer assistance on a national level by creating a network of relief distribution centers with our local animal shelter partners while also supporting them.”
Thanks to a grant from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, in early May, Hearts Alive Village signed a 12-month lease on a warehouse to house and distribute the pet food.
“No pet owner should ever have to make the decision between feeding themselves and feeding their pets,” said Christy Stevens, Executive Director of Hearts Alive Village. “This distribution center allows us to be a resource for the community, ensuring that no pet is ever surrendered due to a lack of food.”
Individuals can enroll to receive pet food through the program at https://www.heartsalivevillage.org/kendalls-kupboard/. An appointment will be scheduled and “drive thru” distribution will protect staff, volunteers, and recipients. The website will also include information for those Individuals and businesses that would like to support the program with a food or monetary donation.
About Hearts Alive Village
Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (HAVLV) is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to secure loving and stable homes for dogs and cats at risk of being lost in the shelter system. The multidimensional organization provides a variety of programs including; Kendall’s Kupboard a pet food pantry, Charlie Mike a program that matches veterans with support animals, and provides access to resources like training, financial assistance for veterinary costs and more, Foster & Adoption Program where strays, animals acquired from shelters, and owner surrenders are placed in foster homes until forever homes are secured, Humane Education to youth groups throughout the valley teaching responsible pet ownership, safety, and empathy, and Pet Supplies offers new and gently used pet items such as toys, beds and more. HAVLV’s headquarters is located at Hearts Alive Village Adoption Center and Pet Supplies, 1750 South Rainbow Unit #4 Las Vegas, NV.
About The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation
The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation is a private charitable foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada. The Duffields are the founders of Maddie’s Fund, a leading animal welfare foundation dedicated to revolutionizing the status and well-being of companion animals. The Duffields are long-time benefactors of companion animal causes, education initiatives, and veterans programs. They thoughtfully honor the spirit of their dog Maddie in their philanthropy pursuits to thank her for her love and companionship.
GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Over the last 12 years, GreaterGood.org has given over $250 million in cash and in-kind grants to over 3,000 charitable partners worldwide. To learn more, visit GreaterGood.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
For more information, to make a donation, adopt a pet, or volunteer, please call 702-885-4309, visit HeartsAliveVillage.org or follow on Instagram @heartsaliveanimalrescue and Facebook at Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas.