A woman from North Devon is helping struggling families – after a boom in pets being rehomed online.
Emma Osbourne, who sadly lost her pet in October last year, said: “I sat down with my husband and said we needed to do something as it was silly people were having to re-home as can’t afford to keep them.
“The centres are all already pretty full so it didn’t make sense to me.
“We put up a big post online telling people that we were thinking of doing something to help raise money to feed pets and asked people what they thought. There were so many people were onboard and a lot of support from local communities so we decided to take it one step further and set it up.”
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Since setting up the Patch’s Pet Food Bank JustGiving page, there has been £160 raised and many donations through her Amazon wish list.
Currently, Delboys in Ilfracombe are allowing Emma to store all of the food for the animals in one of their rooms which is holding supplies for cats, dogs, genuine pigs, hamsters and a wide range of other animals.
Emma continued: “There are collection boxes set up across North Devon now so when I get donations I’ll do an all around collection once a week.
“Then I will go into the shop to sort it all out for the people that need help. I will supply 5 days worth of food and if they need more they can ask for the following week and I’ll do the best that I can.
Emma has written to other campaigns along with local MPs to see if they are able to do anything to help her cause to feed animals across Devon
There are currently around 25 families that are being helped through Emma’s pet food bank. She explained that one house could have one pet but other households range to as many as 7 pets.
“Also Belle’ Place which is a homeless cafe in Ilfracombe, is helping us out as we take dog food for them to give out to people who go there that need it as we want as many people covered who need it as possible.”