Portland, OR, November 10, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- On November 14, the Pacific Northwest’s largest pet food charity will open its doors to celebrate its one year anniversary and distribute its one-millionth meal. In just one year, The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank has:
· Donated one million super-premium meals for the pets of people in honest need.
· Set up a sophisticated distribution network that reaches thousands of hungry families and family pets throughout Oregon and SW Washington.
· Established strategic working partnerships with the Department of Human Services, the Oregon Food Bank, and dozens of other emergency food programs.
· Operated with zero administrative overhead (an all-volunteer staff that dedicates over 600 hours every month).
· Won the 2010 OVMA Veterinary Service Award of Excellence and the 2010 Spirit of Portland Humanitarian Award.
· Saved thousands of pets from being abandoned or surrendered simply because their families couldn’t afford to feed them—and kept thousands of families together.
Sadly, The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank’s services are in greater demand than ever. With an unemployment rate of 10.6%, Oregon’s economic woes have left people unable to provide food and shelter for themselves, much less their animals. For many, The Pongo Fund is their last hope. That’s where founder Larry Chusid steps in. The seasoned entrepreneur ensures that the non-profit is run with the professionalism and efficiency of any modern, for-profit business.
“We focus on the most organic solution. Rather than provide pet food to animal shelters, we get pet food directly to families to keep their pets out of the shelters,” explains Chusid. “Whether someone is homeless, in transition, a victim of domestic violence, a senior citizen, or simply a family struggling to afford pet food, The Pongo Fund is there to help. We target the need at the source in a manner unmatched by any other food or animal related charity in America.”
“The simple reality is that we make a real difference for very little money in the community,” explains Chusid. “It reportedly costs around $750 per month to care for an animal that has been left at a shelter. Yet The Pongo Fund can feed and satisfy that same animal for as little as $10 per month and the pet is able to remain with its family. It’s a win-win-woof for everyone.
“By feeding pets, we’re really feeding families. We are giving a chance to animals that otherwise wouldn’t have a chance, and hope to families frequently without any hope.”
Attention Media: The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank is at 910 NE MLK Blvd in Portland directly across from the Oregon Convention Center. To visit the facility on November 14, please contact Larry Chusid at (503) 939-7555.
The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank is the nation’s largest quality-driven pet food charity. The focus is on feeding the family members that other agencies don’t focus on, thereby giving families a chance to stay together. On the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank opens its doors to anyone in honest need and offers healthy, nutritious pet meals that keep families together and protect animals from being abandoned or surrendered simply because their families are unable to afford pet food.
More information is available at www.thepongofund.org.