Encore and JCOC Partner to Help Feed People’s Pets

Dog trainer Alex Bain loads donated dog and cat food for delivery from Encore Enrichment Center to Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center.

Encore Enrichment Center for Shelter Dogs is the beneficiary of dog food donations, thanks to local supporters. When they get more than they need, they share with area animal shelters and rescues. To make sure the donations have the biggest impact, Encore recently reached out to the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) to see if their food pantry could benefit from having pet food, too.

JCOC Executive Director Patricia Borstorff was excited about the idea and asked if an initial batch of dog and cat food could be delivered to test the concept. Tom Madden, co-founder of EEC, dropped the food off Thursday, May 30. If it is a big hit, more will follow.

“We are very grateful for the pet food donations we receive, and when we have enough to share with others, it’s even better,” said Madden. “But we don’t have a set up to share food directly with the public. So when we started having some extra, we looked for a partner with experience managing food inventory and distribution. JCOC has a wonderful program! And being able to help people who have pets but struggle to keep them fed, is so rewarding.”

JCOC is located at 206 Francis St. W. and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.