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The Pongo Fund helps keep pets and their families full

Posted: Updated: May 30, 2016 11:05 AM
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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

FOX 12 and Les Schwab Tire Centers are happy to announce this month’s “Be the Change” recipient Larry Chusid of The Pongo Fund.

During the recession in the late 2000’s, animal lover Larry Chusid realized that many people were being forced to give up their pets so they could feed their families.

“Animals all over the country were being given up to shelters when their families could not afford to keep them fed,” said Chusid.

That’s when he created The Pongo Fund. From the back of his car, Chusid began feeding hundreds of animals every day.  

But the need kept growing.

“One morning I ran into a social worker. That social worker told me that the Pongo Fund was not just feeding animals, we were feeding the soul of the family and she challenged me to do more,” Chusid said.

The organization now has a 4,000 square foot warehouse in Portland and has provided almost 10 million meals for more than 80,000 pets in Oregon and southwest Washington.

With help from the Pongo Fund, Chusid said struggling pet owners are able take care of their own needs.  

“We have been able to keep people better-fed because they’re no longer having to share their own food box with their pets, and the pets are getting a great diet to boot so it’s a win-win all the way around.”

Along with keeping their bellies full, The Pongo Fund also helps keep families together.

Chusid said some scientific studies show that many people will gladly give up their own food to keep their pet fed.

Chusid’s goal is to keep every family member fed and happy, including the four-legged ones.

"These pets are family.  You do not let your family go hungry."    

To learn more and donate to The Pongo Fund, go to ThePongoFund.org.

If you think you know someone who makes a difference and can 'Be the Change' in their community, nominate them at the FOX 12 Be the Change website. We feature one winner each month. 

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