Animal rescue hit hard by national cat food shortage

Mich. (WNEM)- Pet owners may have noticed that some pet foods are now in short supply, due to ongoing supply chain issues.

Shawna Guiett, director of Amazing Grace Animal Rescue, has a growing problem. She struggles to find cat food to feed the 250 felines her organization looks after.

“Canned cat food is somewhat difficult to obtain. And we don’t know if it’s the container or the metal or whatever,” Guiett said.

According to Professor Jonathan Phares of Iowa State University, supply chain issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic are ongoing.

Shortages of meat used in cat food and aluminum for packaging are to blame. For Guiett, it is making the care of the animals in her care a stressful situation.

“It just adds stress to our day, which is already busy enough. And so, we don’t really need that stress and hopefully the pet food crisis will be resolved soon,” Guiett said.

During the pandemic, pet adoptions have increased, which has compounded the pet supply problem. Although there has been a drop in the number of adoptions, cat adoptions continue at the same pace.

In the meantime, Guiett and her team are doing what they can to make sure the cats are getting enough food to eat.

“We don’t want to deprive them of canned food because it’s something they look forward to every day. But sometimes we have to give them a little less to make sure we have enough for everyone,” Guiett said.

Phares notes that online retailers like Chewy are no longer using foil packaging to combat cat food shortages.

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