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Don’t forget Fido; donate kibbles

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County CO Colorado

Donations are suffering to Grand County’s only pet food bank “Max’s Full Belly Deli,” according to project founder Kate Ahrens of Granby.

The organization founded last year relies on pet-food donations to supply to pet owners struggling from job lay-offs, cutbacks and other economic struggles.

“Food donations are way down and Max’s needs some help in building the food supply back up before winter sets in,” Ahrens said.

Since the first bag of food was distributed on Jan. 1, more than 1,600 pounds of pet food has been distributed.

But the need continues.

“It’s suggested to donate medium grade food in the event an animal has to switch foods; this way it is easier on their system,” Ahrens said.

Some medium grade foods are: Iams, Diamond Naturals, Authority, Avo Derm, Nutro and Canidae. Popular grocery store brands are, Pedigree, Purina, Meow Mix and Friskies.

For those pet owners in need of a pet-food donation, Ahrens recommends calling before one’s pet has totally run out of its existing brand of food.

“You want to have enough of the old food to mix in for several days so it’s easier on the animal’s system,” she said.

And for those pet owners not interested in receiving a donation, but looking to save on pet food, Ahrens recommends another solution: Buddy Bagging.

“If you know someone whose pet is eating the same brand as yours, split the cost of a large bag, it’s cheaper in the long run,” she said.