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Coronavirus: Calgary Business Raises 3,500 Pounds of Pet Food, Donations in 4 Hours – Calgary

Calgarians are known for their community spirit, and despite the novel coronavirus crisis, that spirit was expanded to include pets on Saturday.

More than 3,500 pounds of pet food and donations were collected during a pet food drive on April 4th and delivered to the Calgary Food Bank.

“As an essential company, we were very lucky,” said Malmberg.

“This crisis didn’t hit us as badly as it did many companies, many people. So we just wanted to do something. “

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After learning of a lack of pet food donations at the Calgary Food Bank, Malmberg announced on April 1 on social media that his business would be able to collect pet food and donations on April 4th.

“Lots of people when they think of that [Calgary] Food Bank think about food. But so many customers have dogs, cats and small animals, ”he said.

Malmberg invited people to stop by the parking lot of his shop on Lake Bonavista on Saturday between 12:00 and 16:00. Volunteers were taking donations from the back of the vehicles and within the first hours Malmberg could see that the initiative was a great success.

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Malmberg said providing pet food to Calgary Food Bank’s customers might just be enough to ensure people aren’t forced to make difficult choices.

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“If [people] They don’t have the food to feed their animals, they either have to give them up or leave them, ”he said.

The four-hour food ride was so successful that Malmberg said he needed to ask volunteers to bring more trucks to deliver the donations to the food bank.

“I just want to thank the whole city. The response was overwhelming, ”said Malmberg.

More information about the Calgary Food Bank can be found here.

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