Because of the slumping economy, several shelters are becoming overcrowded with pets that are turned in because their owners can’t afford their upkeep anymore. One 9-year-old boy took note of this and is doing what he can to make sure owners can give their animals quality pet care.
Zach Wilson started the Central Florida Animal Pantry with his mother when he noticed the abundance of abandoned animals in local shelters.
"I said ‘Mom,’ we gotta feed the dogs," Wilson told NBC Nightly News. "She said ‘our dog is fed,’ and I said, ‘no, Mom, all the dogs."
Wilson started a food drive in his school to start the effort, promising a pizza party for the class who brought in the most. The drive led to 1,000 pounds of food that went to people who couldn’t afford to feed their pets.
The news source reports that because the pet food bank is the only one of its kind in the state, it has garnered a huge response. The news source reports that on a given week, the pantry can give away up to 1,800 pounds of food.