Free isn’t quite Free
Ever wonder what Big Pet Food requires of shelters in order to get ‘free’ donations of pet food? This deal Hill’s Science Diet arranged with Santa Clara County animal shelter didn’t sit well with Country Supervisor Joe Simitian.
From MercuryNews.com “The deal with Hill’s, which began in 2008, saves the county $19,000 a year in food costs. In turn, the county agrees to push Hill’s products on its website and to people adopting pets. Simitian checked off the problems with renewing the contract. For starters, the county was giving the phone numbers and email addresses of adopting families to Hill’s, raising privacy concerns.
“Moreover, the shelter wasn’t explaining why it was recommending the dog food. “The public doesn’t know the reason we’re hyping the dog food is that we’re getting it for free,” Simitian said, castigating the staff for using verbatim Hill’s language in its report.”
A Big Thank You to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.
The MercuryNews.com article states that county officials are taking the ‘free’ pet food contract back to Hill’s Science Diet to “find a better solution.” Let’s hope they do that.
These types of arrangements are common with most ‘free’ or ‘discounted’ pet foods provided to animal shelters and rescue groups. What a shame. Pet Food…either you are genuinely trying to help feed homeless animals or not. Which is it?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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