AniMeals is a unique organization that supplements the food needs of homeless animals in shelters, living with low-income families, or members of a feral colony. They also provide safe haven for cats waiting for their forever home. NAVS was able to help their important mission by providing a grant for the Honey Fund, which assists in emergency vet care for pets of low income families, homebound and disabled or homeless individuals.
AniMeals partnered with Animal Services and Assistance Programs (ASAP) and Purina to distribute over 50,000 lbs. of cat food and litter throughout the state. They called over thirty rescue organizations and worked with several businesses in Missoula to make the event happen. The semi- truck load of supplies came from a distribution point in Iowa and had a turnaround time of 10 hours. When they sent out the call that food was coming in, they had rescues driving from as far away as Washington, Idaho and Billings, MT. Several organizations partnered together to pay for one truck to come the hundreds of miles to pick up food. AniMeals stored and delivered food that was reserved for several shelters who could not make the drive. The next week AniMeals delivered 8000 lbs. of food to a semi-truck meeting them in Butte, MT to relay the food the last distance to a shelter in southern Idaho. Animals are a huge part of Montana’s history and there are rescues and shelters in almost every small town and reservation throughout the state. When they sent out the call that they had mass food to distribute they received replies from over twenty rescues who wanted to be part of the food allocation within hours. We are so thankful that AniMeals is here for us and what they do in the state of Montana is indispensable! Keep up the great work!
I am the director of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).
When the GFAS learned that all the animals of Montana Large Animal Sanctuary and Rescue needed to be placed, due to the failure of the sanctuary, GFAS was happy to step into a leadership role and create teams to place the animals. But after the first people were on site to help, it soon became apparent that we were dealing with a cruelty situation and that the caretakers would need to leave.
Thank goodness for Animeals. Karyn Moltzen saw a need and filled it. She literally moved into the sanctuary, sacrificing (as it turns out) her Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years. I don't know what we would have done with Karyn and her staff from Animeals. They were there 24/7 caring for the animals in horrendous conditions, and the state of the animals I'm sure will haunt Karyn's dreams for a long time. What she and her team did is very difficult physically and emotionally.
Many nonprofits came together and thanks in large part to Karyn, all the animals were out of the sanctuary into foster or permanent care in just about a month. It was the largest sanctuary evacuation in the history of the US and Animeals was the shining star.