POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 7:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:20pm
For those who fall on hard times and can't afford to buy their pets food, there is now an organization in El Paso there to help. Ben's Pet Pantry is one of only a handful of pet pantries around the country. In order to meet the need in our community they also need your help.
Ben's Pet Pantry is named after an adorable dog named Ben. He was wandering the streets of El Paso when Josie Gonzalez spotted him, took him in and gave him a loving home complete with two brothers, Casper and Cody.
"Animals are like family," Gonzalez said. "They give you companionship. You talk to them about your problems. They may not give you advice, but they're always there."
Josie's love of animals led her to take action after finding out about a situation going on in our community.
"I had been reading articles on animals being turned into rescue groups and shelters due to the fact that their owners could not provide for them," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez found out there was no pet pantry of any kind in El Paso so she founded Ben's Pet Pantry, which she runs out of her home. Since August, Ben's Pet Pantry has helped 10 families with more than 100 lbs. of dog and cat food, as well as cat litter.
The services are temporary and in order to get assistance, there is an application process.
"We would love to help everybody, unfortunately, the need is for the elderly, the disabled, the unemployed or the low income," Gonzalez said.
Getting the word out has been a challenge for Gonzalez. Her only donors so far have been two local businesses. She's hoping that people will help out since the food she has in stock is already spoken for and she won't have any more. She's asking for any help she can get.
"We also accept pet bowls, pet supplies, bedding, collars, leashes," she said. "Give me a call. If you want any more information, visit our website. And we're always looking for donations."
Volunteers as always needed, as well as monetary donations and donations of food and supplies. You can contact Josie at 915-996-4944. For more information about Ben's Pet Pantry you can go to their website http://benspetpantry.weebly.com/