Coastal Pet Rescue in Metro Savannah is collaborating to open a Pet Pantry to help pet owners who cannot afford food for their pets, according to the Savannah Morning News.
CPR and Two Black Dogs Foundation are teaming up with the Effingham County Animal Shelter to help feed hungry pets of Effingham County residents who are enduring tough financial times.
CPR is a non-profit dedicated to animal rescue for abused and neglected cats and dogs in and around Savannah. Two Black Dogs Foundation provides affordable spay and neuter programs.
“Both organizations approached me within a day of each other,” Animal Shelter Director Lorna Shelton said. “They said, ‘We need to help people who have fallen on hard times.’ Since they didn’t have a stationary place to actually do this, they asked if we would join them as the ‘go to’ place if they supplied the food.”
The Pet Pantry, 307 Ga. Hwy 119 in Springfield, will open its doors Feb. 5. Hours of operation are 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.“If people need some help with pet food, we will have some applications for them to fill out,” said Shelton. “They will have to provide proof of residency in Effingham County.”
Shelton asks that folks who would like to donate bring dry dog and cat food, preferably Pedigree and Meow Mix.
“For a lot of people, pets can help with mental health challenges,” said [Coastal Pet Rescue Director Lisa] Scarbrough. “Financial issues are a huge stressor and is something that weighs heavily on people. I’ve read more than enough articles to know that when people are petting their pet, it lowers their blood pressure. It forces you to calm down. They don’t ask for a lot and are a source of comfort.”
Donations cannot be dropped at the Effingham County Animal Shelter. Food can be dropped off at either Coastal Pet Rescue, 7430 Thomas Ave. in Savannah, or Two Black Dogs Foundation on Oak Drive in Bloomingdale.
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