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.
Nov 6, 2013

Sometimes Cranky People Are Not Cranky

Sometimes cranky people are cranky only because they hurt. Sore neck, aching back, bum hip, bad knee, impacted tooth, infected ear, broken dentures, sinus infection. Even just a mild headache that has ached for days and still aches because a small bottle of ibuprofen is $3.00 more than they currently have in their pocket.

Paul is that sort of cranky person. He’s new to Portland, a United States Veteran, and he carries some wounds with him. Wounds that he carries both inside and out. Paul has a service dog named Henry and Henry needed food. Paul did too, but he told his caseworker that he was more concerned about Henry. So Paul’s caseworker called The Pongo Fund because we had been added to a list of resources exactly for times like this.

Paul’s caseworker said the Resource List is their Bible, the place they turn for help in solving the problems they don’t always know how to solve otherwise. Helping disabled veterans feed their dogs is one of those problems. But just because a name is on the Resource List doesn’t mean it will always be the right resource. But in this case there were five stars *****  next to the words “Pongo Fund.” And the caseworker said that when you’re helping Military Veterans and you see five stars, you know that’s going to be a great resource.

We got the information we needed to dispatch our Emergency Kibble Response Team. With one last warning from the caseworker. He said Paul was pretty much cranky all of the time. He just wanted us to know that.

We met Paul and Paul was cranky. But then Henry jumped up on his lap, licked his face and Paul giggled like Cindy Brady. A proud man. A proud man in pain. Pain that came from serving our Country. And deeply embarrassed that he needed our help. But Henry was not embarrassed.

We think Henry’s primary role as a service dog was to lick Paul’s face and turn his frown into a smile. Because that’s what we saw. And Henry did it so well that we knew he was well practiced at it.

There were many questions we wanted to ask, many conversations we wanted to have. But our job was to deliver the food and get on our way. To let Paul and Henry get back to their day. So we said our goodbyes and exited.

A few days later there was a note waiting for us at The Pongo Fund. It was just three words, a simple thank you from Paul. How he managed to carry himself with all his hurts to our door to leave us a note is something we’ll never know. But he did. And this is why we Pongo.

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Sep 26, 2013

Daisies Adopt The Pongo Fund

They are Daisies and they adopted The Pongo Fund as their Community Service Partner during their recent Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Not yet Brownies. Not yet Girl Scouts. Just kindergarteners. But despite their young age Troop 45066 packs a massive amount of spirit.

And they brought their spirit of service to The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank for an inspiring day of Kibble Packing. With a goal of empowering and teaching them that contributing the skills they have is of great value. What a great day!

Because each one of these Daisies has pets of their own and told us how much it would hurt them if there was not enough food to keep their pets fed. Even telling us that they would give up their own food so their pets would not go hungry. Powerful words from a group so young.

And when all was done these hard workers had packed a mountain of kibble, more than 500 pounds all in an afternoon! Kibble that is the lifeline for families that cannot afford to keep their own pets fed during these tough times. But it gets even better.

Because before they left they presented The Pongo Fund with a check for $300. They told us to use it to buy another pallet of kibble so the next Girl Scout Troop could enjoy a Kibble Packing Day too. How cool is that?

Five and six year olds paying it forward. Awesome!

Thank you Troop 45066 Daisies and friends. You make us PONGO PROUD!

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Jun 3, 2013

This Single Moment In Time

For those of you that have never experienced the power of Pongo please take a look at this photo. See all those people? Each and every one of them, in addition to 35 Pongo volunteers, was at The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank at that single moment in time.

Nearly 200 people in total that refuse to let their pets go hungry. People that regularly give up their own food to keep their pets fed. Because hungry people have hungry pets.

People that are truly thankful to have found their way to The Pongo Fund. Because they know they will be treated with kindness. With dignity. With respect.

Because they know we will help them through these tough times so they will not need to give their animals to a shelter where far too many are euthanized. Because euthanizing an animal simply because they are hungry and there is no more room at the shelter is horribly wrong.

Thankfully, with your help, we can keep that from happening.

Our pet food bank is not pretty or fancy. We have no heat in the winter and no AC in the summer. A raw concrete floor. Unpainted walls covered in spackle. Not even a sign on the door. But those we help don’t care about how we look. They care about the work we do.

We have no marketing staff. No development staff. No public relations staff. We don’t spend our money casually. We spend it on food and the costs that get it where it’s needed. Nearly 5,000,000 nutritious meals served so far.

Because it is that food that gives a chance to animals that might not otherwise have a chance and gives hope to families that have little else to be hopeful for. Because a simple bowl of kibble can be the force that both keeps a family together and saves the lives of the animals they love.

This single moment in time. Thanks to this photo you were there. And that is why we Pongo.

Peace. Love. Kibble. 

Thank you, from all of us at The Pongo Fund

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