In honor of Earth Day 2015… Here’s one of the beautiful side effects of the pet food bank, and this is why we spend so much time at the warehouse after every large donation.
We use a lot of duct tape at the Colorado Pet Pantry. It’s a small price to pay for the tens of thousands of pounds of pet food we’re able to salvage.
Almost all of the pet food bags that are donated from pet food suppliers or stores are damaged in some way. Accidents happen. Bags fall off store shelves and split open. Forklifts miss their mark. Glues don’t always hold. Zippers get caught.
We duct tape the heck out of things. Sometimes it’s not pretty. But it’s secure.
Then, separate from physical damage, there are pet food bags that are instantly ruined by an expiration date… When’s the last time you went through your pantry and chucked everything that was a few months past its “Best By” date?
In all of these cases, pet food companies and stores can’t sell it.
But nonprofits like us can absolutely use it.
And the landfills are grateful for the reprieve.
Happy Earth Day, and thanks for helping us to recycle!