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New Canaan's Pet Pantry Joins Effort To Feed Shelter Dogs High-Quality Meals

Lulu, one of the dogs at Adopt-A-Dog is now being served higher quality dog food thanks to Blue Buffalo and Pet Pantry Warehouse.
Lulu, one of the dogs at Adopt-A-Dog is now being served higher quality dog food thanks to Blue Buffalo and Pet Pantry Warehouse. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Adopt-A-Dog

ARMONK, N.Y.-- An Armonk pet shelter is teaming with a Greenwich retailer to offer high-quality dog food from a Wilton-based provider.

Adopt-A-Dog's President and Executive Director Allyson Halm, affiliated with Pet Pantry Warehouse, and said she wanted to offer her shelter dogs high-quality dog food.

"Why should shelter dogs get less?" Halm said. "Their stressful lives can be reflected in the quality of food."

Pet Pantry Warehouse's executive vice president Adam Jacobsen agreed. They approached Wilton-based Blue Buffalo to provide its dog food, which contains natural-sourced ingredients.

"We've already seen immediate changed to their coats," Halm said. "We believe in the quality of their ingredients. I'm not a nutritionist, but we are what we eat. When dogs eat better, their digestive system improves and they produce less feces."

Dogs with better diets shed less and become more resistant to diseases, she said. Dogs at Adopt-A-Dog are fed twice a day, though some dogs come in emaciated and are fed more.

"It's absolutely amazing they are willing to help these animals," Halm said.

Pet Pantry Warehouse works with closely with Adopt-A-Dog and has assisted them in fundraising events. Pet Pantry Warehouse is collecting donations from customers to help pay for the food.

"Why shouldn't shelter dogs eat a healthy, holistic diet?" Jacobsen said. "We should find a way to allow dogs to eat the best food."

Pet Pantry Warehouse had worked with Blue Buffalo in the past and found it to be a natural fit. Pet Pantry Warehouse is based in Greenwich and has locations in Rye, Larchmont, New Canaan and Wilton.

"We became kind of a food bank for Adopt-A-Dog," Jacobsen said. "We store the food and they pick it up when they need it."

Pet Pantry Warehouse created food vouches where customers could contribute, paying for a 5 lbs bag of food, a 15 lbs bag or a 30 lbs bag.

"They can help assist Adopt-A-Dog," Jacobsen said. "This way Adopt-A-Dog can feed the dogs for the entire year."

Adopt-A-Dog is a no-kill sanctuary shelter that often takes in dogs less likely to be adopted, including older dogs or dogs with behavioral issues.

"We commit to these animals until we can find them a home," Halm said. "We offer them a positive quality of life."

The shelter's 30 to 40 animals gave the food rave reviews.

"There wasn't a kibble left in the bowl," Halm said.

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