The Pongo Fund

The Pongo Fund provides quality dog and cat food for the family pets of anyone in honest need. Protecting these beloved animals from being abandoned or surrendered when their families cannot afford the food to keep them fed. Because hungry people have hungry pets.
Jul 14, 2014

Tim and Ted

Ted
Ted

He approached the garbage can outside the store in a way that told me he had done it many times before. Gently pulling the lid to the side and peeking inside, seeking the treasure he would redeem a nickel at a time.

But this particular garbage can was messy. The lid was askew and there was garbage on the ground outside the can. It wasn’t pretty.

I was stopped at a red light and watched it happen. Lid off. Peek inside. Lid on again. I could quickly see by the man’s actions that this can held no treasure.

Yet when he was finished he didn’t just walk away. Instead he bent down and picked up the loose garbage and placed it inside the can. And then he made sure the lid was on straight and secure when he was finished.

And then he and his best friend rolled off, having left this little piece of the world in better shape than they found it.

But before I saw any of that, what I saw was the dog. A sweet boy riding around in a shopping cart. That’s what first caught my eye.

At the next block I caught up with them, parked and said hello. His name was Tim; he’s the one on his knees behind the cart. And inside the cart riding like royalty was nine-month old Ted. They’d been together since Ted was a tiny 6 weeks old.

This happened in Portland, Oregon. But it could have been anywhere. But luckily it was in Portland. Because The Pongo Fund was there to help.

On the road with a dream to get back home to Iowa. But not too fast. First they were going to visit some old friends and make some new ones. And then they’d hit the road for the highway home.

I asked if Ted needed food and Tim said they would be honored. And when he opened his Oregon Public Broadcasting logo satchel to put the food inside, what I saw was a meticulously organized bag filled with Ted’s supplies. Food and more food. Water bowl. Extra leash. Vet records. It would have made every organizing expert proud.

And the best part? The food they already had was our Pongo food. Food they’d received earlier from one of the many other groups that we provide food to.

We talked for a few moments but what I really wanted to know was more about Ted and the shopping cart. Because I wanted to make sure that he was ok.

And that’s when Tim gave me a funny look. Like maybe I’d asked a question that I should not have asked. Like maybe there was something hidden inside the cart that Ted was sitting on to keep it hidden. But I was wrong.

Because at that moment Tim reached down and pushed on and lifted and fluffed the assorted goods that Ted was sitting on to show me how cushy and comfortable it was for Ted. And at that same moment Ted turned his head backward and gave Tim a smooch. But that wasn’t all.

Because Tim then went on to say that it was way too hot for him to let Ted walk on the already scorching sidewalk. Kindly explaining to me that a dog’s paws are no different than our own bare feet. Further explaining how easily a dog’s paws can become burned and how painful that would be and how we need to remember if it’s too hot for us then it’s surely too hot for them.

He then said his own feet were hot and he was wearing shoes. And there was just no way he’d let Ted burn his paws on these hot days. And upon hearing that I broke into the biggest grin because it was just what I wanted to hear.

A man living his life in a way that surely was not always easy. Yet making sure along the way that his dog had it easier.

But Tim wasn’t a large man, and Ted weighed a good 65 pounds. Meaning that getting Ted into that cart could not be easy. And I asked him about that; how he gets Ted into and out of the cart?

And he looked at me again with his easy smile, and said “we do it together.”

Tim and Ted. Ted and Tim. On the road together. Fueled by The Pongo Fund.

And this is why we Pongo.

Sit. Stay. Eat. Live. thepongofund.org

Tim and Ted
Tim and Ted
Tim and Ted
Tim and Ted
May 6, 2014

Luna

Luna
Luna

This sweet creampuff is Luna. A four-year-old pitbull that’s known far more than her share of tough times. But not anymore. Because her life today is filled with love. And that’s why she never stops wagging her tail. Wag. Wag. Wag. Hi! My Name Is Luna and I’m A Happy Girl. Wag. Wag. Wag. I Must Wiggle My Butt and Dance. Wag. Wag. Wag. I Must Kiss Your Face. Wag. Wag. Wag.

But without The Pongo Fund Luna’s tail would not be wagging. And there would be no more dancing. Because without The Pongo Fund, Luna would be going hungry. And worse.

In many other communities across the country, dogs like Luna don’t have a chance. But thanks to The Pongo Fund, things are different in Portland. And that means when Luna’s family found her but could not afford all of her needed care, The Pongo Fund worked to get her spayed and vaccinated. And we continue to be here for her during those times when her family is temporarily unable to afford all of the food to keep her fed.

Today Luna is happy and healthy and loved. She has a wonderful home and a family that loves her. A family that she loves very much in return.

Luna is just one of the many hundreds of beloved pitbulls that have been helped by The Pongo Fund. They are alive today because we were here to help them when they had nowhere else to turn.   

Helping Luna and tens of thousands more family pets just like her. Keeping them safe at home and out of the shelters. That’s the work we do. And your generous contributions keep us going. Because the truth is, we’re all in this together.

Peace. Love. Kibble. thepongofund.org

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Dec 19, 2013

Look At Freya Today

Freya backyard sunshine
Freya backyard sunshine

It was back in January when we began the year with puppies in a box. There were four of them, all little girls just a few weeks old. Tucked tight next to their exhausted Mom Freya. A Mom that was only 14 months old. Really still just a puppy herself. All were living inside a small cardboard box, the property of a homeless couple that took them along as they stood on a bridge onramp asking for money. And sometimes they got loose and ran onto the bridge as cars zoomed by. That is where we found them. They were filthy and hungry and sad.

But the sad stories were quickly left behind as all received full vet exams, vaccinations and were spayed. And each one of those puppies found new homes. And so did Freya. She now leads a life of luxury, spending her days going on long walks and eating like a queen. She goes to daycare, gets massage, plays with BFF’s and has more beds and blankets than anyone can possibly count. She hit the jackpot. But so did her new Mom. Because Freya is awesome!

Your donations for the Freya Scholarship Fund helped us provide the lifesaving care this little family needed. Food, medical and more. And thanks to you they’re all doing fantastic. Just take a look at the photo of Freya, sunning in her backyard. A real backyard. Not a cardboard box. From where she was to where she is…it’s a world of difference. Doesn’t every animal deserve that?

We’ve quietly rescued many more since then. And our Freya Fund is now depleted. Please consider a donation to help us build that fund back up so we can continue to step in and save the lives of those little innocents when they need us most. Because you know they would do it for you. Even better, every single Global Giving donation until December 31 will be matched by a generous Pongo donor. Won't you please help?

Sit. Stay. Eat. Live. thepongofund.org

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