If you've ever walked through an animal shelter, you know they can be pretty grim. The dogs in there have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. It's loud. They're scared. The beds and crates are usually full. And there are never enough resources to help all of the dogs in need.
Every year, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters. Due to these overwhelming intake rates, shelters often struggle to adopt out all—or even most—of the animals who come through their doors.
As a result, many can't be helped at all. Approximately 1.5 million animals are euthanized (670,00 dogs and 860,000 cats) every single year.
Shelters stretch their resources and do everything they can to accommodate an overwhelming population of homeless and at-risk animals. They depend on donations and volunteer hours to make it all happen and sadly, the demand for resources grows year after year.
The need is overwhelming, but we want to help. Here's our pledge: for every bowl we sell, we'll donate one pound of dog food to a local shelter. Rescue organizations regularly list dry dog food as an item that they urgently need and one pound of food can feed a dog two to six meals.
We only donate high quality dog food, meaning that the first ingredient is a protein, there are no weird chemicals or fillers, and the food is low in unnecessary carbs. A bad diet can make dogs sick, unhappy, and depleted of energy, which will hurt their chances of getting adopted. We want our donations to give them the nutrients they need to feel healthy and strong.
For the curious, one pound of dry food = four cups of dog food = about two meals for an 80lb dog, four meals for a 40lb dog, and six meals for a 20lb dog. (This is based on how much food they should eat in a day, divided into two meals a day.)
*Of course, every dog is different. We're just talking averages here.
Every month, the Should We Go? team hand delivers bags of dog food to different animal shelters in Los Angeles. Follow us on Instagram to see all of the action.