Shiloh Shepherd Dog - Jackson
Foxy, a former AAC dog. Photo courtesy AAC

JACKSON, Wyo. — A unique collaboration and partnership is being credited for the mobilization of a remarkable 11-ton delivery of cat and dog food for pets living on the Wind River Reservation.

The Animal Adoption Center applauded the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for mobilizing a 22,000-pound food donation for Wind River Reservation pets during the pandemic.

“The Humane Society of the United States quickly realized that the COVID-19 outbreak would be particularly difficult for members of our rural communities who were struggling before this crisis hit to access pet food,” said Lisa Kauffman, Senior State Director for Idaho and Wyoming. “Pets mean so much to their families, especially during times of isolation and fear, and the shipments of food we were able to provide enables us to keep people and their pets together during these difficult times.”

As a result of COVID-19 and its economic impacts, local, regional and national groups step forward to help reservation pets and the families who love them.  The Animal Adoption Center (AAC) in Jackson, Wyoming connected with HSUS to see if anything could be done to help pet owners feed their cats and dogs during this crisis.  Within days, the HSUS mobilized resources and placed pet food orders totaling 22,000 pounds or 11 tons.

“The AAC is tremendously grateful that the HSUS stepped forward in a huge way to help families care for their pets.  This pet food donation will reduce one of the many financial strains felt by Wind River Reservation families. We are hopeful that it helps keep pets safe and fed throughout the pandemic,” said Carrie Boynton, AAC Executive Director.

These pet resources are being shipped directly to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes. They will be distributed, along with separately donated people food and sanitation supplies made possible through local, regional and national efforts.

The HSUS used a formula based on population, average household size, number of families living below poverty level, and the average number of dogs and cats in a home to determine the size of the order.   The first food shipment will arrive in early May and a second delivery will arrive 30 days later.

“We are very grateful to have a partnership with HSUS during this time of need, the support and wellbeing of family loved ones expands to our furry friends as well.  Tribal Health and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe would like to thank all those relationships that work tirelessly to expand acts of kindness amongst our communities in need,” said David Meyers, Tribal Health Director.

In addition to its support on the Wind River Reservation, the HSUS is also sending pet food to reservations located in Idaho and Montana.