Pet Pantries are Food Banks for Poor Pets

(Photo: Cookie and his human by Nicole Bengiveno/New York Times)

In rapid succession, you’ve lost your job, incurred high medical expenses, and suffered a house fire. You’re out of money, but need food. So you head to the local food bank. That’s good for you, but what about your cat?

Now some food banks and animal care centers are offering food services to pets in need. They’re called pet pantries. Owners can go there to get cheap, healthy food until they can get back on their feed and support their pets themselves. The New York Times reports:

Cookie, a snow-white pit bull with light gray spots, knows the hand that feeds her. She has become a regular visitor at a new pet food pantry in the Bronx that sends free Costco-size bags of kibble home with owners who may not have enough money to feed themselves, let alone their animals.

Animal Care Centers of NYC, a nonprofit that runs the city’s animal shelters, opened this pet food pantry in December, and in the first month alone, the pantry gave out more than 2,000 pounds of food for 71 dogs and 50 cats.

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Great program, it's much needed. In my highschool around winter we had a charity where we could anonymously sponsor a free/reduced lunch student and buy them a Christmas present. Mine just wanted food for her dog. We got her that, toys for the dog and a normal gift as well.
In the same town we also witnessed an attempted shoplift at our local Food Lion, someone had tried to push a cart filled with dog food and beer out to a getaway car.

Point is a lot of people need to feed their pets!
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This is a great idea/resource.Our pets are our children and can you imagine the feeling of not being able to feed your child?
If you find yourself in a bad situation losing your house,job at least this would be one less worry.LOVE the program!
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