July 14 was the last walk-in day at the food bank at Cat Adoption Team’s Sherwood shelter. Going forward, CAT will “focus primarily on its partnership with Washington County Meals on Wheels and senior centers,” according to CAT spokespeople, who added that CAT is working to expand its reach to provide cat food and supplies to qualified seniors in need. The CAT Food Bank was initially planned as a five-year program to provide a temporary resource for struggling cat owners, and the food bank’s 5th anniversary was June 9. The folks at CAT say they did not make this decision lightly, understanding it would impact local cat owners, but that walk-in clients had declined over the past year. Donations will continue to be needed to support the program’s partnership with Meals on Wheels and local senior centers.
Metro-area pet food banks operating regularly include The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank (ThePongoFund.org) and (usually dog food only) at Clackamas Dog Services (Fido-Clackamas.org). Both serve the public on limited, specified days each month — check the websites for dates, policies and other information.