Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Animal Friends Needs Pet Food Donations

Animal Friends has an urgent need for donations of pet food, especially dog food.

Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon program provides donations of pet food to more than 20 local food pantries. But recently, donations and supplies of pet food have dwindled.

“I’ve never seen it this low before,” said Eula Houston, Animal Care Coordinator for Animal Friends. She states that Animal Friends has only been able to give partner organizations small rations of pet food to tide them over until –hopefully—the supply increases.

Over the past five years, Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon has provided nearly 100,000 pounds of food to over 1,300 pet-owning families in need. Through the program, fewer families are forced to sacrifice their own food budgets to feed their pets – or face surrendering their animals to an uncertain future.

Mary Kozik, who coordinates the West Deer Food Pantry, reports that her clients are delighted to receive the food and treats for their animals. Sue Otto, Director of the Center for Hope, further explains the value of the program: “It is heartbreaking to even think someone may have to make the decision to give up a pet for lack for food. We are very thankful for this donation from Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon.”

Animal Friends asks you to help by dropping off donations of pet food, treats and toys at the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center at Animal Friends (562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237). You may also mail a check made payable to "Animal Friends." Donations are tax-deductible.

Many of our neighbors are counting on you to keep their families intact in hard times.

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