Pet food is among the many casualties of supply chain issues

WEYMOUTH – Donations to South Shore Pet Food Pantry had dropped significantly in recent months, but…

WEYMOUTH – Donations to South Shore Pet Food Pantry had dropped significantly in recent months, but co-founder Kristen Clancy said it’s not because people aren’t willing to help and provide donations.

Instead, it’s because some pet foods are getting harder to come by.

“When we put an item up on our wish list, it sells out immediately, and we’re trying to find cost-effective food to purchase,” she said. “We usually have a two-month supply in storage, and right now we have less than a month on hand.”

Shipping woes, other distribution issues and a shortage of the aluminum used for packaging has led to a shortfall of cat and dog food, especially canned wet food. 

Clancy said she’s seeing the biggest impact of the shortage with cat food and brands that tend to be the most cost effective. This could force more families to turn to her organization, which distributes pet food through human food pantries.