For Elvira Bellegoni, the founder and govt director for the Willowick Pet Food Pantry, making a distinction within the lives of pets and other people is what she will get out of the pantry, she mentioned.
“It is the sensation that we are literally serving to. That is what I get out of this most of all — the sensation that we’re doing one thing good,” mentioned Elvira at a current fundraiser held at Sports activities Fanatics Bar & Grille in Willowick.
The cash raised on the fundraiser might be cut up between the pantry’s packages, one among which being their medical fund. The pantry pays as much as $150 for pets which might be ailing and that must go to the vet, Bellegoni mentioned.
“We even have a model new program for veterans,” Bellegoni mentioned. “This 12 months, the pantry has paid for 10 adoptions of a canine or a cat from vets who want a help pet. We pay as much as $200 for an adoption.”
The pantry additionally affords a spay and neuter program, and a rainbow bridge program, Bellegoni mentioned. The pantry pays $75 towards euthanizing an animal.
When Bellegoni began the pantry in 2016, 8,000 kilos of pet meals was given out that 12 months. Since then, the amount has elevated, Bellegoni mentioned. Final 12 months, greater than 44,000 kilos of pet meals was distributed.
“Since we began, we have now given out shut 150,000 kilos of pet meals,” Bellegoni mentioned. “Most donations come from the pantry itself.”
The pantry impacts many individuals in Lake County and in Euclid, mentioned Mike Zuren, vice chairman of Eastlake Metropolis Council.
“It is fantastic to help the area people and get folks concerned, and attain out to volunteers,” Zuren mentioned.” A variety of the individuals who present up listed below are future volunteers to maintain the pantry going.”
For these excited by volunteering for the pantry, they could contact Zuren at 440-251-5381.
“Over the summer season, we’re on the lookout for volunteers each week and within the winter, it is twice a month,” Zuren mentioned. “It is a fantastic factor to maintain households collectively, and their canine or cat.”