SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – A new children’s book is sharing the origin story of a CNY pet food pantry looking to spread its mission.
The book titled “A story about a dog named Kia,” shares the personal tale of Co-Founder Sam Washington, who along with Kate Berry founded The Kia Foundation in 2011.
When Washington’s dog Kia was 16, cancer took over and vet costs piled up. Unable to pay for it all, due to a difficult financial situation, Washington said he and his family had to make the difficult decision to put Kia down — something Washington hopes no other family ever has to do simply because of money.
In her memory, The Kia Foundation Inc. helps families and the homeless pay for vet care and unexpected procedures.
The foundation also goes into city schools to teach children about responsible pet ownership, as well as provides in-home checks for elderly pet owners.
Washington told NewsChannel 9’s Rob Hackford Saturday since starting the not for profit, their pet food deliveries have grown ten-fold and now total between 2,000 and 3,000 lbs. per month.
The money raised selling “A story about a dog named Kia” will help the organization pay for food and other operating costs.
To buy a copy of the book or to learn more about The Kia Foundation click here.