WELCOME TO MOOSE'S MEALS
Providing free pet food (specifically dogs, cats and small pets) to low-income, homeless and elderly residents of Visalia, California.
WHAT WE DO
Lending a Helping Paw
Most everyone knows that Matt and I started Moose's Meals a little over a year ago with one goal in mind: help feed hungry pets of our county so that hopefully people don't feel like they need to abandon or rehome/surrender their pets because they can't afford to feed them.
My whole entire life I have been an avid animal lover (ask my parents! It all started when I rescued a baby crow when I was about 5!). However, I struggled to find my place in the animal community. My heart broke at all the neglected and disadvantaged animals here in the Valley. I knew I had to do something, but what? Paying for people to spay and neuter would get expensive fast. What else could I do?
I could feed them. I could at least make sure all of these dogs and cats have a meal and their owners never had to worry about how they were going to get food for their four legged family member. Owners would no longer have to choose between things like their prescriptions, rent, utility bills, or feeding their animals. They would no longer have to resort to feeding their pets human food because EBT does not cover pet food. They would no longer have to feel as if they could not provide the kind of life they believe their pet deserves.
What started as a 6 foot by 3 foot shelf with about 300 pounds of food going to about 35 pets has now grown to a warehouse, with about 2,300 pounds of food feeding over 300 pets each month. We also provide people with pet supplies such as collars, leashes, beds and toys. We connect people with low cost spay/neuter programs and vaccine clinics.
We also have partnered with wonderful local businesses and organizations such as Salt + Light Works, Heiskell's Feed Depot, The Source LGBT+ Center and more to help our impact reach all corners of our community.
It Starts With the Will to Make a Difference
One of our goals is to ensure that the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in Visalia have access to free food for their pets. This includes the elderly, the homeless and anyone who receives public assistance that does not cover the cost of pet food.
KEEPING PETS IN HOMES
When people can no longer afford to care for their pets, the unfortunate result is that they often surrender their animal to a local shelter or abandon them in the community. By providing assistance with food, people are more likely to keep their animals in their homes.
THE HELP CENTER
I NEED ASSISTANCE, WHAT DO I DO?
💜 Applications will be required to receive food. Applications are available on our website, www.moosesmeals.org or you can pick one up at our distributions. We will need a copy of your EBT/WIC card, unemployment letter, social security card, medi-cal card or other proof of need. If we do not already have an application for you on file please call to get on the list and bring the application with you to our distribution. Applications are good for one year. Completed applications can be emailed to email@example.com or brought to the distribution.
💜DISTRIBUTIONS ARE NOW FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE. Even if we have an application on file for you, distributions are first-come first-serve until we run out. Note: some pet pantry events are busier than others, thus we may run out of food before the stated end time.
💜If you are picking up for your parents/sibling/other they still need to fill out an application and list you as an authorized pick up person.
💜ID will be required for everyone picking up food.
💜 We are no longer calling people to remind them about the distribution or to confirm.
💜All distributions will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church - 120 N. Hall St. in Visalia unless otherwise posted on our Facebook and website.
💜We will always pin the next month’s distribution flyer to the top of our Facebook page and post it on our website as soon as it is finalized.
Any questions please let us know. We are constantly doing our best to develop our program to best serve the community fairly and we will let you know of any other changes!
HOW CAN I HELP?
We accept food that is new, has been opened, and/or is expired, but food must be in its original packaging. We also accept damaged food (dented cans, cut bags, etc.) You can also help by volunteering your time assisting at distributions or organizing food drives. And, of course, you can spread the word through social media and word of mouth! We also accept monetary donations via PayPal and Facebook.
RESTRICTIONS AND GUIDELINES
We make every effort to have food available at all times. However, since the pet food bank is entirely dependent on donations, there may be times when we are temporarily out of food.
We ask that you only come in an as need basis. We reserve the right to make exceptions to how much or how often we donate to an individual based on need.
We reserve the right to refuse anyone under any circumstances.
We accept all kinds of pet food. By accepting food and/or services from the Pantry, the recipient, all household members, their friends and family agree NOT to hold the Pantry, its staff, volunteers, and benefactors legally liable in the unfortunate event the recipient’s pet(s) becomes ill or the food upsets the pet’s stomach. When one receives pet food from the Pantry, they are made aware of the potential risks involved with feeding their pet(s) a new food since it’s unlikely that the pet food received is the recipient’s usual brand(s).