Houston Humane Society partners with West Houston Assistance Ministries to distribute pet food

The Houston Humane Society had partnered with West Houston Assistance Ministries before and knew that…

The Houston Humane Society had partnered with West Houston Assistance Ministries before and knew that WHAM had an efficient distribution system through its three-times-weekly food distribution program, so the two came together again.

The latest partnership event between WHAM and HHS had a slightly different focus.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, cars lined up outside the WHAM headquarters at 10501 Meadowglen Ln, where people received pet food.

“I think it slips the minds of a lot of people that, for families that are suffering from food security, their animals and pets are suffering too, so it seemed like a no-brainer for us to partner with them (HHS),” said WHAM marketing coordinator Robyn Hardeway.

From about 8 until 11 that morning, WHAM helped distribute dog food, cat food, and bird food to over 200 families.

“It was really great to see so many smiling faces,” said HHS special event coordinator Jessica Hernandez.

The pet food had been provided by HHS.

“(We partner with other organizations) as often as we can,” said Hardeway. “We try to provide whatever we feel like our clients need, and we have to do that by partnering and collaborating with others. That’s an important part of what we do.”

In addition to receiving pet food, each of the cars received a bag of human food from WHAM’s food pantry.

HHS holds pet pantry events multiple times each month, often more than once a week, all throughout the Houston area.

Each pet pantry event is a partnership with another organization such as a city or precinct department, a non-profit organization, or a business.

The food pantry and distribution — which takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. — is only one of the programs that WHAM runs along with its care ministry which provides financial and personal assistance to people in need and its job resource ministry.

WHAM runs a resale store that helps fund those programs.

Two of the main programs that HHS runs are its Wellness Clinic and its mobile adoption program which has regular events at sites all over the Houston Area.

HHS’s biggest fundraising event of the year is its K-9 Fun Run, with its 40th annual event coming up Dec. 4.

It relies on regular donations from people and business to keep its pet pantry stocked.

With Halloween coming up, people were encouraged to dress up their pets for the event.

HHS posted an album on its Facebook page with pictures from the event of pets in costumes.

Whichever pet’s photo gets the most likes by Oct. 29 will win a $100 dollar gift certificate to HHS’s Wellness Clinic.

Hernandez said that, in addition to it being a fun contest, the pet costume photo contest has the purpose of raising awareness about the Wellness Clinic, which she said is a low-cost way to make sure your pet is healthy.

As of the early afternoon of Oct. 27, a dog in a hot dog costume was leading with 405 likes.

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