Families all over Ohio have been having a hard time making ends meet in today’s economy. Food banks are helping more families than ever, and are often the only thing standing between children and hunger.
When families suffer, pets suffer. Many pets are abandoned when they become just one more mouth to feed in a family that is already struggling. Shelters are full of animals, and the economy hasn’t been any easier on these havens. You can help area families in need, you can help them keep their pets, and you can help local shelters by participating in one of the following programs.
PAWS Ohio/ Harvest for Hunger
The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio) has teamed up with Harvest for Hunger for the months of November and December. PAWS will donated $5 to Harvest for Hunger, which feeds needy people, for each cat, kitten, puppy or dog adopted through PAWS. Each $5 donation provides twenty meals. Adoption fees at PAWS are $30 for a cat, $50 for a kitten, $75 for two kittens, $150 for a dog and $175 for a puppy. For more information on PAWS visit www.PAWSOhio.org or call 440-442-7297.
Pet food drive for needy families
Thru December 17, Ohio Advocates for Companion Animals is collecting unopened dog, cat, bird, reptile, hamster, rabbit and fish food for low-income families who visit the Emergency Assistance Center in Northfield. The Emergency Assistance Center helps hundreds of families with groceries every month. Many pets have lost their homes in the current economy because families cannot afford to feed them. The group is also collecting blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, pet treats and toys for local shelters. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-382-8983 for information on drop off locations in Strongsville, Woodmere, Euclid, Willowick and Macedonia.
Pet food drive for the Humane Society of Greater Akron
Once Upon a Child, resale shop in Stow is holding a furry food drive throughout the month of December. All pet food donated will be given to the Humane Society of Greater Akron. Just bring a pet food item in when you come to shop and you will get 15% off of your purchase. Items are already listed at 70% off retail, so it’s an amazing savings! Once Upon a Child has the latest in new and gently used brand name clothes, toys, books, equipment, and furniture…just right for fast-growing babies, toddlers and youth. The store is located at 4272 Kent Road Suite 10, Stow.
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