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By the Numbers

The Need

  • About 62% of all households in the United States have a pet. (Source: American Pet Products Association)
  • 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog. 33% of U.S. households own at least one cat. (Source: Humane Society of the United States)
  • Health benefits of pets include: Decrease in blood pressure, decrease in cholesterol levels, decrease in triglyceride levels, decrease in feelings of loneliness, increase in opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities, increase in opportunities for socialization. (Source: Centers for Disease Control)
  • Tarrant County Unemployment Rates in: April 2008 3.9%, January 2010 8.6%, March 2013 5.8% (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • 158,763 residents of Tarrant County participated in the state food stamp (SNAP) program in December 2008. By December 2012, 218,729 residents of Tarrant County participated in the state SNAP program. (Source: Texas Health and Human Services Commission)
  • In 2010, 311,630 people in Tarrant County experienced food insecurity. Nearly half of people considered “food-insecure” in Tarrant County make too much money to get food stamps yet must forgo nutritious meals to pay for other necessities, such as housing and medical bills. (Source: Map the Meal Gap, a report by Feeding America)
  • The average cost of basic food, supplies, medical care, and training for a dog or cat is $600 to $900 annually. (Source: American Pet Products Association)
  • Cost of pet maintenance is the #3 reason for dog surrender and #4 reason for cat surrender in the U.S. (Source: National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy)
  • Approximately 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 to 4 million are euthanized (60% of dogs and 70% of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners (surrender) and those picked up by animal control (abandonment). (Source: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
  • Fort Worth Animal Care and Control intakes between 60 to 120 animals per day. (21,900 to 43,800 per year.) (Source: Michael Camp, Superintendent, City of Fort Worth Animal Care and Control)
  • Humane Society of North Texas receives more than 100 animals per day. (36,500 per year.) (Source: Humane Society of North Texas)

The Solution

  • Don’t Forget to Feed Me’s distribution partners served a combined 423,783 people in 2012. Approximately 254,250 (or 60%) received pet food. (Source: Community Food Bank and Community Storehouse)
  • DF2FM works with over 50 pet food donation collection sites across the Metroplex.
  • In 2013, DF2FM collected and distributed over 75 tons of pet food to needy families.
  • DF2FM never charges distribution partners or clients for pet food. All pet food is FREE.
  • A single donation of $7.20 could provide enough food for one medium-sized dog to stay with his kid for one month.
  • Just $24 could keep 100 animals out of dangerously overcrowded shelters or off the streets for one day.
  • $168 could mean 100 senior citizens on fixed incomes get to keep their only companions for one more week.
  • An entire month together — wagging, barking, purring, snuggling, fetching, sitting, shaking, playing, loving — for 100 families could happen for $720.