ELLWOOD CITY – Just a few years in the past, Joe Servick stated his grandmother would have been on their own each day, as she was a widow, if it wasn’t for her loyal canine companion.
Karen Sevick, Joe’s spouse, stated this canine gave her a cause to reside, as one thing to get her to get up through the day, and somebody to maintain her firm at night time.
“That canine was mainly her finest buddy, who she would speak to each day and was round,” Joe Servick stated.
He stated this made them take into consideration how vital canines and different pets are for people, whether or not it’s for the aged, folks with disabilities, or folks with totally different psychological circumstances, comparable to post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD).
Nonetheless, for these which might be low-income, it may be laborious for these people to afford to feed their pets, typically having to make the troublesome resolution to surrender their pets consequently.
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Subsequently, it was that mindset that led to the creation of the nonprofit company Kibble For Kompanions, primarily based in Ellwood Metropolis, that advantages the low-income, aged and veterans.
“We didn’t need anyone to decide on between caring for themselves and caring for his or her animals,” Karen Servick stated. “Particularly now, as there may be some monetary disaster, we wished to have the ability to assist assist these folks to allow them to preserve their animals.”
She added, “We want folks to maintain their animals in order that they will help with stress and reside a cheerful existence.”
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Servick stated they acquired their official 501(c)(3) standing earlier within the 12 months, and are proper now specializing in serving to these in Lawrence County, however would like to develop to different surrounding counties primarily based on each donations and volunteer assist.
She stated they’ve been working to each attain out to totally different individuals who might have help, in addition to totally different native pet shops, comparable to Reed’s Companies Inc. in Wayne Township, to supply them with the meals.
They will even be reaching out to native veterinarians and the Lawrence County Humane Society, in addition to attending totally different neighborhood occasions to get the phrase out, such because the Canine Days of Summer time, the Bark within the Park and the Lawrence County Honest.
“We actually are excited to get servicing the folks of Lawrence County,” Servick stated.
Added Joe Servick: “Everyone is aware of somebody who wants somewhat little bit of assist someplace. On this financial system particularly, we’re all hurting, however there’s at all times any person else who’s hurting somewhat bit extra. We simply don’t need somebody to decide on between feeding themselves and feeding their pet.”
He stated for proper now, they are going to be specializing in securing meals for canines and cats, however may develop to incorporate extra indoor pets sooner or later.
Anybody searching for data on Kibble For Kompanions can e-mail email@example.com, or go to k4khelps.org.
Karen Servick stated the web site consists of the revenue necessities wanted to qualify for the service, a contact web page, in addition to a strategy to donate. The nonprofit can be searching for volunteers.
There will probably be supply choices in addition to pick-up areas sooner or later, for the service.
“We actually wish to give attention to neighborhood and supporting the neighborhood,” Servick stated.
Nicholas Vercilla is a employees reporter for the Ellwood Metropolis Ledger. He will be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.