Pet food bank appeals for North Devon community's help

Patch with Patchs Pet Food founder Emma's nephew

Patch with Patchs Pet Food founder Emma's nephew - Credit: Patchs Pet Food

A pet food bank set up to cover North Devon and Torridge is appealing for the public’s help. 

Patch’s Pet Food was set up in October 2020, with the aim of helping those in need to feed their pets during this crisis and beyond, hopefully helping to take the strain and worry from people and also the need for them to re-home their pets. 

Emma Osborne, 39, the founder had noticed that much was being done to help Children and struggling families but nothing was being done to support low or no-income families with their pets. 

She posted to a range of local Facebook groups asking for people’s thoughts and opinions; the response was overwhelmingly positive and donations started to come in. 

Emma named the food bank in honour of her loyal Labrador cross who sadly had passed away in November 2018, so that his loving memory could live on. 

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The food bank supplies people with two weeks of food for a large number of pets including but not limited to dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits, mice, hamsters, rats, gerbils, and guinea pigs. 

Emma said: “We are currently helping to support 35 cats, 14 dogs, two rabbits, two guinea pigs and some rats, this number is growing week on week, proving the need for support and help in this area. 

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“We are also at the Community Fridge and Kitchen at the YMCA in South Molton on alternative Mondays where we drop off food parcels for people requesting help so they can collect and also have a few pet food bags made up to help anyone that should pop in. 

“We have donation boxes set up at various locations around North Devon to help us collect Food as well as a range of pet items such as bedding, cages, bowls leads etc if anyone is in need. 

“We have a gofundme page set up by a volunteer to help us with donations.” 

Emma added: “We are also looking for support from local businesses and funding groups that can help us with funding, volunteers to help with fundraising, collections and deliveries.” 

If anyone you know is in need of help, please contact Patch’s Pet Food on their behalf, so the team can reach as many people as possible, please contact them via their Facebook page,, or via email or via the website

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