By TARA ALATORRE
SCOTTSDALE – The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is in urgent need of dry dog and cat food donations, which the non-profit organization relies on to feed the 200 to 300 wild animals cared for at its facility in north Scottsdale.
For years Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) says it had been receiving thousands of pounds of donated dog and cat food from a company, until a recent policy changed, and the company abruptly stopped sending food. The additional expense of purchasing the dry, staple food is costing SWCC anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 a month now.
“We haven’t had to purchase dog or cat food for as long as I can remember,” Southwest Wildlife Center’s Animal Care Manager, Kim Carr stated in an email. “Currently we are buying what we need a week at a time.’
SWCC cares for injured, sick and orphaned animals, releasing them back into the wild when possible and provides permanent care for animals that can’t be. Black bears, coyotes, foxes, racoons, skunks and coatis are some of the animals that receive cat or dog food as part of their diet, according to Carr.
Carr says that SWCC will accept any brand of dry dog or cat food. However, the preferred brands are Purina dry dog food and Nutro dry cat and kitten food products.
“Our mission to ‘save our wildlife, one life at a time’ has been particularly challenging this year due to the increased numbers of injured and orphaned animals coming to the center,” SWCC posted on its Facebook page on August 8. “As always, we can only accomplish our mission for wildlife because of your continuing support! We are so grateful. Thank you from all of us – especially the animals!”
Anyone who would like to donate food can visit SouthwestWildlife.org to see its wish list, or donate through Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2Kk1Qdj. SWCC’s shipping address is 27026 N. 156th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85262.