The Mission Statement of The Pongo Fund is one of compassion, and not unlike a growing number of entities across the country. Founded in 2009 and leading by example, “The Pongo Fund works tirelessly to save lives, reduce shelter populations, fight hunger and end needless euthanasia by providing emergency pet food assistance to people temporarily unable to keep their own pets fed. And we spay and neuter too.”
While not a local organization, the appeal of The Pongo Fund is universal. Primarily a Pet Food Bank in Oregon, it is also so much more. When the need arises, distance becomes no object. The Pongo Fund is truly a role model for any similar organizations anywhere at all.
Through the eyes of one man and his 21-year-old dog, the stories posted on The Pongo Fund’s Facebook page will engage you, inspire you, will often make you cry, and they will always leave you wanting more. Read for yourself about the truck driver far from home who needed emergency surgery and was forced to leave his dog alone in the truck and the amazing way The Pongo Fund stepped in, or how a homeless man sleeping in a doorway with his dog was helped or the situation of another man who was living under a bridge in the freezing cold, yet gave everything he had to keep his dog warm, but when The Pongo Fund was finished the man had everything he needed, including the coat off another man’s back. Read about the families who are proud but struggling and the difference between making it and not making it for both the humans and the pets in that family comes from a phone call answered by someone who can help and who will help and who will always find a way. No matter which Pongo stories you read, regardless of the complexity or simplicity involved in helping another, you will be compelled to want to help, too. And that is, as it should be, what it’s all about.
The icing on the cake, so to speak, is reading about the aforementioned 21-year-old Scooby and the absolute love he and Larry share for each other. Be sure to tune in for each very special French Fry Friday. The pictures alone will have you hooked.
To find out more about The Pongo Fund, visit their Facebook page or their website. You’ll be glad you did.