Companion Animal Advocates discovered that people were surrendering their pets to the animal shelters because they couldn’t afford to feed them. Believing that keeping pets out of already crowded animal shelters and in their homes was the best course of action, they created a program to provide free pet food and kitty litter to low income people in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Since 2008, they have provided 268,720 bowls of food. In addition, they have a low cost and no cost spay and neutering services and a program that provide pet oxygen masks to local fire departments and EMT’s, who are prevented by law from using state funding to purchase supplies that don’t specifically save human lives.
We like this organization because it is 100% volunteer and for the last several years they have been passionately committed to helping the pet owners in their community. They are also a small organization, and we knew that our $600 donation was going to make a huge impact for them. And we were right, they were just thrilled when we called to let them know they won our vote.
How You Can Help
I’m happy to say that Companion Animal Advocates is cheap, and they want to buy as much pet food as possible. So, they have recruited volunteers to contact Purina for coupons for $1.00 off. If you’re interested in helping with that endeavor, call Purina at 1-800-778-7462 and request two $1 coupons for Purina products (Purina will accept a coupon request once every 4-6 weeks). Upon receipt of the coupons, please mail them to Companion Animal Advocates, P.O. Box 61, Hillsdale NJ 07642. To sign up to receive a monthly e-mail reminder to call Purina for the two $1 coupons, send an e-mail to Info@CompanionAnimalAdvocates.org. Include your First and Last name, your town and state and they will send you a reminder around the middle of each month to call for coupons.
How do you know they were a good choice?
The donation committee researched the organization and asked questions like
- Is the program well-designed?
- Is it making an impact?
- How does the leadership of the organization?
- Are the financial documents reflecting appropriate activity?
- Are they using their existing funding wisely and do they have room to handle more funding?
If you’re not asking these questions before you donate, don’t feel too bad. I wasn’t either. But the donation committee does the hard work so that we can feel great about where we donate.
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You’re invited to be a part of our giving circle and make a big impact with small bucks.