Pet Food Pantries Offer Relief to Animal Owners Struggling With Bills

Recent article from the (NY Times)

Pet Food Pantries Offer Relief to Animal Owners Struggling With Bills

Across the country, the pet food pantry is the latest addition to the food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters that serve as a lifeline for people living paycheck to paycheck, if they are employed at all. A small but growing number of dedicated pantries have sprung up, often in response to pleas from people who see their pets as family and spend their last dollar on a can of Purina, even if it means going hungry themselves.

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.