PALM springs animal shelter kicks off new year
with new award
For the organization's unyielding adherence to an animal friendly menu policy, Animal Place's Food for Thought campaign could not think of a shelter more deserving of its first Shelter of the Month award for 2015. Earlier in January, we had a chance to interview the incredible staff behind this truly deserving shelter about their motivations behind and reflections on serving plant-based food at their fundraisers.
How did FPSAS’ menu policy begin?
As is the case with many pet rescue and advocacy organizations, a number of our board members, staff members, volunteers, and supporters follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Through respectful and inclusive discussions amongst our board of directors, our organization simply made the decision that the food we purchase for our fundraising activities, meetings and gatherings will be vegetarian or vegan.
Why do you feel it’s important for shelters and rescue groups to adopt an animal-friendly menu policy?
It is well known that factory farming is not a humane industry. Those of us working so hard to improve the lives of companion animals are increasingly, and logically, expanding our compassion to all sentient beings, including farm animals.
What do you think an animal friendly menu policy communicates to the public, and how has the public taken to your policy?
We believe the best way to promote compassion and the humane treatment of animals within our community is to model kindness in all aspects of our work and outreach. An animal friendly menu communicates a progressive and compassionate philosophy, instilling confidence that we are walking our talk. Our supporters have loved our food, and our veg food selections often pave the way for non-veggies to ask questions, and join the conversation about conscious food choices.
Tell us about some of the chefs and restaurants you've worked with.
Chef Tanya Petronva, founder of the Native Foods vegan chain of restaurants, is one of our favorites. She has been an advocate for animals in our community since she was a teenager, and is a truly talented chef. Tanya has personally been extremely generous and supportive of our shelter. We have also worked with restaurants and caterers who are not vegetarian or vegan, but who have created some very delicious veg-friendly spreads for us. Palm Springs is definitely becoming more vegan-friendly in general!
Anything else you’d like to add, comment on or communicate to our readers?
Diet choice is a very personal matter, one that can cause a great deal of discomfort for some. We acknowledge that not everyone involved in our organization is vegan or vegetarian, in fact, the majority are not. However, we are all involved because we care about the well-being of animals we call “pets”. The non-vegetarians and non-vegans in our organization understand that for some of us, there is no difference between a dog and a cow or a chicken and cat, and therefore, out of respect, support and honor this policy.
Can you tell us about one companion animal FPSAS is trying to place?
Zeus has all of us swooning in the hallways and drawing hearts on our lockers! Here’s the scoop on Zeus: He’s vision impaired. Okay he’s blind, but who cares? Wearing your PJs all day is fine with him. Have you heard of diabetes? He’s got it! This little gent was really underweight when we met him but insulin treatments are rocking his world, and he is packing on the pounds like a champ. BONUS: When you adopt Zeus, you also become a member of our Super Special Pet Program, to ensure he’s getting his power shakes…err..insulin regularly. In a nutshell, Zeus is the happiest guy on campus. He loves to take walks, smell the flowers, and rotate his super sonic ears with the utmost precision. Yeah, he’s kind of a show off but wouldn’t you be? Adopt Zeus! psanimalshelter.org