During this season of bountiful feasting we often pause and consider the needs of those less fortunate who have insufficient food to eat. Many contact local food banks and offer donations of food and money. Some people, knowing that there are also animals in need, contact their local animal shelter and offer donations of food and supplies. These are both worthy acts of charity but I have an additional concern that I would like to share: Are you aware that there are some pets who also need help?
Consider a senior citizen whose only income is Social Security or the person living with disabilities who is unable to work. While the companionship of a pet can greatly improve their quality of life, they may be forced to give up their pet (or endanger their own well-being) because they can't afford to feed it. If you would like to offer your help, contact your local food bank and ask if they accept pet food and supplies.
There are also food banks that serve just pets, for example The Humane Society for Seattle/King County. You may be able to find a food bank for pets that serves your locale by searching online.
All year long, but particularly in this season of celebration and joy, let's remember to help those all those less fortunate.