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Pet Food Bank Helps Quake Relief Before It's Even Launched!

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A passionate group of Auckland pet lovers, about to launch New Zealand's first dedicated Pet Food Bank have kicked into action earlier than planned to ensure Canterbury pet tails keep wagging, despite the recent earthquake.

The Paw Justice Pet Food Bank was scheduled to be officially launched at the Champ Wag 'n' Walk dog walk and fun day in Auckland on 26 September but Paw Justice co-founders Craig Dunn and Shaughan Campbell have swung into action since the Canterbury earthquake. Paw Justice has accepted an offer by Heinz Wattie's Limited of several pallets of pet food, which, with the help of Mainfreight/Dailyfreight is being redistributed to desperate animal shelters in Christchurch over the coming week.

Paw Justice have been bombarded with requests from their nearly 80,000 Facebook members nationwide, wanting to make individual pet food donations. The public will get the chance at the upcoming Champ Wag'n' Walk events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. To help with the immediate supply of food New Zealand pet food manufacturer, Heinz Wattie's have donated several pallets of Chef cat food and premium Nutri+Plus dog kibble.

"This is what Paw Justice is all about - looking after animals that don't have their own voice. We just wish we could do more." says Shaughan Campbell.

Paw Justice was founded less than 12 months ago and has already been credited as the catalyst for a recent law change increasing penalties for animal cruelty.

Dunn and Campbell set up the Charitable Trust in a bid to combat animal cruelty in New Zealand and build on the important work of existing organizations such as the SPCA.

The Paw Justice Pet Food Bank will not only distribute much needed food directly to animal shelters but will also provide pet food to regular food banks nationwide.

"There are lots of average kiwi families struggling to put food on the table for their kids, let alone their family pets. We hope that a few cans of pet food included in a food parcel might enable them to hang onto their pets." says Dunn.

"Having a loving relationship with a family pet teaches children important skills such as responsibility, nurturing and empathy -and that benefits society as a whole." adds Campbell.

The donated pet food will also help to ease the burden for some of the individuals around New Zealand who take on the thankless task of caring for stray animals and feeding them from their own pockets.

"We're thrilled to be able to support the Paw Justice Pet Food Bank and encourage the thousands of people expected at the Champ Wag 'n' Walk events, to grab some pet food from their pantry or purchase some on the day." Says Scott Rice, Champ Wag 'n' Walk event organiser.

The Champ Wag 'n' Walk dog walk and fun days are being held in Auckland on 26 September, Wellington, 31 October and Christchurch 4 December. Paw Justice is the official charity partner for these events. For more information visit or to purchase your ticket for one of these events visit

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