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Dog Food (Credit: For The Love Of Paws)

Dog Food (Credit: For The Love Of Paws)

A recent spike in family pet food is harming the pockets of numerous dog and cat owners, specifically those on a set earnings. Some need to quit their animals completely since of the increasing expenses that economic experts blame on inflation.

Pet food rates have actually almost tripled, and those on a set earnings are relying on regional charities for help.

Ted Pankiewicz Sr, director For The Love Of Paws, informed Sebastian Daily the cost is double.

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“We have been getting more and more calls from people who have never reached out to us because of it. Our Bulk purchase of 44 lb bags of cat food used to cost us $19.99. It has risen to $28.99 a bag within 6 months,” Pankiewicz Sr said.

A 52 pound bag of dog food utilized to be $19.99, today it’s anywhere from $26.99 to $28.99. 

The Bark Avenue Healthy Pets store in Sebastian said in all their years of remaining in the retail family pet food business, they have actually never ever seen rate boosts as they have throughout the previous 6 months. 

Pankiewicz said the Paws Meals On Wheels program offers over 15,000 pounds of family pet food monthly. 

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“For example, we provide 160 4 lb bags of pet food to Salvation Army food pantries weekly,” said Pankiewicz.

Pankiewicz’s organization offers comfort to elderly people when they can no longer look after their cherished animals. The program has actually assisted numerous senior citizens who have nobody to look after their animals.

In 2021, For The Love of Paws was honored by the City of Sebastian for all its volunteer work. The non-profit family pet rescue service has actually broadened several times and materials pet food to 19 areas.

Pankiewicz likewise contributed Pet Emergency Oxygen Kits to regional firehouses after seeing an image of cops and fire rescue resuscitating 4 dogs that were highlighted of a burning home fire.

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Here’s a list of locations where the non-profit organization offers pet food. It is available to elderly people, handicapped individuals, Veterans, and those in requirement with animals.

If you want to contribute, please call 772-539-2417 or email them at

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