Redner's, Purina help to expand pet pantry program in Berks


Redner's Markets and Purina are joining forces to help the Humane Society of Berks County expand its pet pantry program.

The new-and-improved Spike's Pet Pantry, formerly known as the Ani-Meals Program, aims to provide resources, specifically food, for pet owners in need of proper nutrition for their pets.

"One of the main reasons why pets are surrendered is pet food insecurity," said Karl Minor, the president and CEO of Reading-based Humane Pennsylvania. "Sadly, animals die because families cannot feed their pets. The Spike's Pet Pantry program helps ensure pets in our community are happy, healthy, and well-fed at home."

For the remainder of the year, seven Redner's Markets in Berks County will be offering their customers the opportunity to donate to the pet pantry by featuring simple "tear-and-show" donation slips on Spike's Pet Pantry endcaps. Customers can take a donation slip -- available in $1, $5, and $10 increments -- from the display and give it their cashier at checkout. The donation amount will then be added to the customer's bill.

Customers are also encouraged to use the hashtag #NoPetHungry and share their contributions and participation on social media.

Redner's employees said they were inspired to create the six-month campaign by a previous experience they had with the Humane Society.

"Last year, our friends at Purina approached us about doing some adoption events in our stores with the Humane Society of Berks County," said Meredith McGrath, Redner's corporate dietitian. "After the four-day event, we noticed what an impact it had on the community and we were all eager to take this mission to the next step to help more animals find and stay in loving homes."

The seven participating Redner's Markets are:

Amity Township: 1179 Ben Franklin Highway West (Route 422) Exeter Township: Shelbourne Square, 5462 Perkiomen Avenue (Route 422) Kenhorst: 300 Kenhorst Plaza (Off Route 724) Muhlenberg Township: 3205 North Fifth Street Highway (Route 222 Business) Ontelaunee Township: 5471 Pottsville Pike (Route 61) South Heidelberg Township: 4780 Penn Avenue (Route 422) Wyomissing: 1149 Berkshire Boulevard