Within the fall of 2020, COVID-19 was strengthening its grasp and nearly everybody was feeling the affect. As I sat in my automobile at a crimson gentle, together with my two loyal rescue canines, Henry and Rosita, I glanced to my proper and seen a often lengthy line of automobiles snaking across the native meals pantry. I had by no means seen so many automobiles ready for meals, which made me surprise—if persons are struggling to feed themselves and their households, how can they supply meals for his or her pets throughout these difficult occasions?
A Non-Revenue is Born
Three days later, Kobe Henro was born, a pet meals financial institution offering cat and pet food to hungry pets in want. A relatively easy idea of delivering donated pet meals from level A (donations from pet shops and pet meals producers) to level B (native meals pantries). It took just some months to ascertain a robust and regular circulate of donations for our pantry companions. As soon as our provide started to exceed our demand, we prolonged our attain to supply meals help to southern pet transports. With rescue accomplice relationships secured, when a Southern animal rescue transport drives north to the Boston space to drop off adoptable pets, we fill their van with donated pet meals to assist feed the a whole bunch of hungry pets they take care of again residence.
Our plan appears to be working and since our launch in October 2020, we’ve hand-delivered over 22,000 kilos of donated meals, toys, collars, and leashes to pets in want. We’re rising at a gradual price with plans to increase nationwide.
Behind the Identify
I’ve been a canine lover since my toddler days and due to my mother, I’ve been blessed with that animal-loving gene, which I’ve graciously handed on to my three daughters. Canines are household. I grew up with canines and 4 fantastic canines have been an extremely particular a part of my life, Koolie, Belle, Henry and Rosita. Koolie represents KO, Belle BE, Henry HEN and Rosita RO, therefore KOBE HENRO. We’re a non-profit group in reminiscence and honor of the fantastic canines who’ve been part of my life for the reason that mid-Eighties.
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We’re a small but mighty self-funded group run by me and two canine assistants, Henry and Rosita. Quickly we shall be executing our formalized plan for enlargement.
Our quick time within the pet meals financial institution enterprise has confirmed that our plan is working properly and is surprisingly relatively easy to navigate. There’s a surplus of pet meals in the US and our mission is to supply meals to hungry cats and canines in want. Moderately than the additional meals going to waste, we get it within the bowls of these in want. We by no means need a loving pet proprietor to need to give up their pet because of monetary hardship. Thus far, we estimate that we’ve stuffed over 66,000 bowls with meals and plan to triple that quantity by the top of 2022.
Our heart-warming and gratifying journey has enabled us to make new mates and meet some superb animal lovers who’re really altering the world.
In case you are inquisitive about being part of our enlargement as a donor, recipient or volunteer please attain out by way of electronic mail: email@example.com or by way of Fb messenger or Instagram @kobehenropetfoodbank.