No pet parent should have to feel the panic and stress of prioritizing pet food purchases against a laundry list of other financial responsibilities. Especially if it means the difference between keeping their beloved pets or surrendering them to the shelter.
But as the spread of COVID-19 increased this summer in Florida, so did the struggles for millions of families who are feeling the pressure of unemployment or reduced wages. The Pet Alliance Pet Food Pantry immediately went into action with our Feed the Need campaign, which to date has given out over 25,000 pounds of pet food to families in need!
Each week, our shelters have dedicated Pet Food Food Pantry pick-up days. Pet owners can stop by either shelter location on Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday
between the hours of 12 pm and 5 pm to secure food for their furry family members. However, we have reached the most people in need through the two Free Pet Food Drive-Up Giveaway events we hosted in May and July.
Pet Alliance’s second and most recent event occurred on July 26. Pet owners arrived more than an hour early to secure their spot line, which stretched from Pet Alliance down Conroy Road to John Young Parkway. Thanks to the generous support from our friends at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, we had an additional $2,000 worth of pet food to hand out alongside the many donations from our community.
Staff and volunteers spent the morning placing nearly 10,000 pounds of pet food into the car trunks of over 200 grateful families — many even brought their dogs by to say “thank you” themselves.
We say it often because it’s true, the best place for a pet to be is with their loving family. But, we know the road ahead isn’t going to be easy for many, and it is clear to us that there is still more need.
If you would like to donate a bag of food, they can be ordered online and shipped to us or dropped off at either shelter location. Check out our wish list for easy shipping options from Amazon.
2727 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL 32839
2800 County Home Road
Sanford, FL 32773
If you know someone who needs help from the Pet Food Pantry, please share this resource with them. They can drop by either shelter on Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday between the hours of 12 pm and 5 pm to secure food for their furry family members.
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