When struggling households face food insecurity, it is more likely that their [FAMs] Furry Family members face hunger too, leading to animal malnutrition or starvation.
We are here to help families avoid food insecurities and provide nutritional meals for Furry Family Members by partnering with standard, mobile, or drive-thru community Food banks or just around your community.
A Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Cats & Dogs.
Photography By: Elke Vogelsang
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WHO WE ARE
RESCUES ON85TH is a 501 (C) (3) NPO Supplemental Nutrition Program.
We are a volunteer-based organization located in Birmingham, Alabama, serving Jefferson County. We collaborate with GREATERGOODS Charities and The Birmingham Humane Society through the GOODS program. We assist in alleviating food insecurity within the household for humans, cats, and dogs.
We provide donated products such as cat and dog food, in addition to bedding, litter boxes, cat litter, and other goods when available.
RESCUES ON85TH is a mobile service that distributes products free to the community in need.
Our mission is to provide provisions for a safe and healthy living environment for cats and dogs; to strengthen the human-animal bond and educate on the importance of animal safety and care; To assist in decreasing the overpopulation of cats and dogs; To assist in alleviating household food insecurities.
RESCUES ON85TH verifies the applicant’s household income and overall needs to be eligible. If the individual qualifies, their cat or dog will receive food from a designated distribution site for three months, after which the parent must spay or neuter their cat and/or dog, in addition to providing vaccination records. We request this method to ensure the health and well-being of each animal we serve and to help control the overpopulation of animals. After verification of vaccination, spaying, or neutering, participants qualify for six additional months of food and supplies. If participants cannot afford these requests, we distribute information for no - low-cost vaccination and spay and neuter resources, when available.
Must be at least 18 years old.
Must have a gross income of 200% below the federal poverty guideline or less.
Must be the guardian of the Cat or Dog, with proof of such.
Must have a validgovernment-issued identification, such as a driver’s license.
Must reside in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Applicant must agree to service terms and complete an application at the distribution location.
FOOD INSECURITY, HUNGER, AND FOOD SUPPLEMENT PROGRAMS
What do these three issues have in common? Let's take a look.
Food insecurity is defined as a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food. In 2020, 13.8 million households were food insecure at some time during the year.2 Food insecurity does not necessarily cause hunger, but hunger is a possible outcome of food insecurity.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) divides food insecurity into the following (2) Two categories:
1. Low food security: “Reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake.”
Very low food security: “Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.”
Food insecurity may be long term or temporary. It may be influenced by a number of factors, including income, employment, race/ethnicity, and disability. The risk for food insecurity increases when money to buy food is limited or not available.
In 2020, 28.6 percent of low-income households were food insecure, compared to the national average of 10.5 percent.
Hunger is the feeling someone has when they don't have food. According to Feeding America Data for 2018, #220 Alabama residents experienced food insecurity. Obtaining Supplemental Nutrition Assistance from such programs as food banks, Snap, and food pantries, distributed by non-profits, churches, and federal agencies provide assistance to struggling low-income families helping families stay afloat during financial difficulties. How does food insecurity effect your cat, dog, or any animal. Learn More
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Sixty-eight percent of all US households—82.5 million homes—include a cat and/or dog (i.e.) Fur Family Members who are treasured sources of emotional support, unconditional love, and stability. According to estimated sources in 2019 (based in part on Shelter Animals Count and other known and estimated sources), approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.1 million are dogs, and 3.2 million are cats. Although 4.1 million shelter animals are adopted each year (2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats). About 810,000 animals who enter shelters are identified as strays and are returned to their owners. Of those, 710,000 are dogs, and 100,000 are cats.
However, since the pandemic (COVID-19), there has been an increase in the return of adopted animals and cases of neglect and abandonment. Over 65% of cat and dog guardians in our region are now at or below poverty income levels due to high unemployment and cost of living. Families adopting cats and dogs at a time when they could afford the responsibility are now facing dire circumstances such as homelessness, foreclosure bankruptcy, etc. Consequently, we launched the NUTRITION ONE Pantry project to test the effectiveness of providing basic necessities to help cats and dogs stay with their families. We know that by providing this service, we can ease the stress of households facing life-altering decisions, and lessen the impact on already overrun shelters. The project was immediately successful and coupled with our Adopt A Pet network and SNIP! TAT!. Our one-year program objectives include: 1) continuing our partnership with the community Food Banks to set up space for product and pickup; 2) increasing our inventory of food, bedding, basic medical supplies, and grooming products; 3) recruiting more volunteers to staff the pantry; and 4) working closely with the Community Resource Center to refer families in need to other services available in the community.
This is where RESCUES ON85TH comes in. Our program works with local food box distributors and distributes to low-income communities providing nutritional meals and supplies for cats and dogs, thus helping to cushion financial difficulties. When it comes to animal care. Our mission is to promote responsible FAM Furry Family Members' care and welfare. We provide educational events concerning responsible pet ownership, adoption events from Adopt A Pet, prevention of animal landfill dumping by partnering with local Pet funeral homes, and initiatives for our upcoming SNIP! TAT! spay/neuter program starting within the year 2023.
RESCUES ON85TH" NUTRITION ONE PROGRAM" is NOT a government-funded program. Instead, generous donations and support from individuals and corporate sponsors have helped provide cat and dog food and supplies to those in need.