Moose's Meals was founded in May of 2020 in Visalia, California, by Sarah Vinet and Matt Vinet, partly in response to COVID-19 but mostly in response to the torrent of animals in their community being abandoned, neglected or surrendered. Most often, these circumstances arise through no fault of the owner, or because owners are not educated about spaying and neutering, microchipping, and responsible pet ownership. This results in overflowing shelters and rescues in the Tulare County area and the facilities just can't keep up.
Moose's Meals distributes food once per month on a first-come first-serve basis. Food recipients have to fill out an application and provide proof of need such as an EBT card, Medicaid card, Medicare card, Veteran ID, proof of Social Security benefits, WIC card, Section 8 paperwork or unemployment award letters. Moose's Meals provides food for up to 4 pets per household, which aligns with Visalia City
Ordinance which allows no more than 4 pets per household. Moose's Meals provides food for the pets a recipient has when they first sign up. Moose's Meals does not provide food for pets added after the recipient has signed up for the program, or shelters or rescues.
One of Moose's Meals' long term goals is to provide vouchers for free spaying and neutering plus a microchip for pets who receive food each month, which will be a huge stride towards the goal of reducing overpopulation and keeping pets out of shelters and in their homes.
Moose's Meals is named after Sarah and Matt's own dog, a Pitbull/Husky named Moose.