Victoria’s first pet food bank opens

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Radio and television personality, Myf Warhurst, is to help launch Victoria’s first pet food bank later this week.

On Saturday 16 November, grassroots charity, Pets of The Homeless, will officially open its pet food bank in Cheltenham, Melbourne, in a celebration hosted by Warhurst.

The volunteer-led organisation has donated over 100,000 much needed meals to Victorian pets over the last four years. These dogs and cats are the companions of Australians experiencing homelessness or severe financial hardship. 

Up until just a few months ago, the charity ran the service out of the suburban garage belonging to its founder, Yvonne Hong. But it quickly outgrew the small space—bursting at the seams with food and goods donated by the community. 

With the help of a government grant, community volunteers, donors and local businesses, Pets of the Homeless converted an old mechanic’s workshop in Cheltenham into the new home of Victoria’s pet food bank. 

“Myf is the perfect person to represent us,” Hong said.

“She’s an animal lover and a very compassionate person who understands the importance of community and the value of having a voice.

“She’s socially aware, warm and generous and a great ambassador for the tireless but rewarding work our volunteers do to keep our community and their best friends safe and healthy.”

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