Plato once said “necessity is the mother of invention.” That seems to be the rationale behind a new opportunity in the highly popular pet-care industry.
The necessity? The economic meltdown has led to a lot of family pets going hungry. Cash-strapped pet owners are taking their family pets to already over-burdened animal shelters because they can’t afford to feed them.
The invention? To help people keep their pets at home, pet food pantries are starting to crop up in cities across the country.
One of the leaders in this new movement is Georgia-based Daffy’s Pet Soup Kitchen, a nonprofit company dedicated to keeping “families and their pets together.” Daffy’s helps distribute donated food (which they get from places like Best Friends Animal Society’s First Home, Forever Home program) to families all over Georgia. Tom Wargo, Daffy’s director, says last fall they started getting requests from all over the country (over 130 people from 28 states) to establish similar facilities in their areas.
Whether these new pet food pantries take the form of a franchise or licensed business opportunity is still to be determined. Daffy’s might collaborate with the Best Friends’ program to establish the nonprofits (don’t think that just because it’s a non-profit business, you can’t make money). Wargo is currently working on “getting the paperwork together” to help establish Daffy’s nationwide. If you’re interested, check Daffy’s Pet Soup Kitchen out.