“My wife and I regularly volunteer for feeding stations and realised how much money people spend on the pet food, so we thought this would be a great way to solve both problems.”

Working with Animal Action (UAE), the food was taken to animal shelters to feed stray animals that are taken in by Cloud 9 Pet Hotel and Care.

In a Facebook post about the initiative, the chef said, “We want all hotels and restaurants to join our iniative to save food waste so that it can be used to feed instead of thrown away and wasted!”

He consulted a vet to find out what food was animal safe and as a result one third of the food waste was able to be used with 66 pounds of food being consumed by some very happy dogs.

“We are carefully selecting the ingredients. No cheese, no desserts, no sauces, no spices and minimal amounts of garlic and onions. We are only taking the meat, fish, rice and veg,” he told What’s On.

Other hotels have now agreed to join the The Doggie Bag Initiative UAE with the aim of attracting more hotels, vets and shelters.

What a great initiative which I hope catches on all over the world. He’s such a great example of how small actions can making a big difference.

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