This is a half fall or a half empty cat and animal shelter story. It depends on how you look at it. From the perspective of the Delta Humane Society it is a half empty story; in fact it is far worse than that – it is devastating.
From my perspective it is very much a half full story because Del Monte Foods have been extremely generous over the past 6 years in providing food for the dogs and cats of the Delta Humane Society.
There are 160 dogs and cats at the shelter and they eat about $325 (US) worth of food daily. That food was provided by Del Monte. The reason why they provided the food is because it was defective in terms of packaging only, meaning the bag was torn or the print on the packaging was not up to scratch but the food was in perfect condition.
Of course, the shelter is devastated because over 6 years they have very much got used to receiving huge amounts of pet food weekly and then suddenly without a decent notice period the supply was abruptly stopped.
Each week, 2 to 4 pallets of dog and cat food were shipped into the shelter at no charge. That is an incredibly generous thing to do and I think it is a very clever thing to do because the food was unsaleable to the public in the state in which it was presented.
What Del Monte have done over the 6 years makes me think that other big manufacturers could do the same thing. Perhaps they do but I have never read about it. Perhaps somebody could enlighten me?
The question remains as to why Del Monte Foods ceased to provide pet food to the shelter.
Apparently, it may be connected with the fact that earlier this year Del Monte Foods created, out of their business, Big Heart Pet Brands. This was apparently a restructuring to make the company more efficient. Perhaps it was due to the economic crash and the recession that the world has suffered from since 2008 thanks to the recklessness and greed of the bankers. Or, a new boss made a decision. They have not given a reason, we are told.
As I said, the Humane Society is devastated and they are looking for a new supplier. Fortunately, they have 30 days supply remaining.
I think this is quite an enlightening story because as mentioned, it does raise the question as to why other big manufacturers are not as generous as Del Monte were for these past 6 years.
It seems highly plausible that other pet food companies have similar issues regarding the marketability of their product.
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