April 22, 2021
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine student Abbie Knudsen recently received the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s William A. Wolff Volunteerism Award. Knudsen, a native of St. Charles, Missouri, was chosen for the award because of her work in setting up a pet food bank in Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Multiple organizations came together to make the pet food bank happen, including Greater Good, Central Missouri Humane Society, Boone County Fire Protection District and Boone County Office of Emergency Management, and many individuals. “As the need for support in central Missouri became apparent, an inter-organizational collaboration emerged to help families get the pet food they needed,” Knudsen said. “Over 39,000 pounds of pet food were obtained and distributed to families in need from all over Missouri. The result was that hundreds of families were able to feed their pets and no longer had to worry if they would be able to afford to keep them.”