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Pet Food Pantry Feeds Over 350 Animals in Need

The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative keeps bellies full and tails wagging.

Over the past few months, NEPA has come together to make sure no one goes hungry during these tough times— including our four-legged friends. The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative held a pet food distribution in Scranton on August 1. The event provided free dog and cat food to pet owners who are struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19.

This was the Collaborative’s third pet food pantry event. On Saturday alone, volunteers served over 350 pets in need. Between all three events, they provided food for a total of 560 pets.

The Schwartz-Mack Foundation, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation and the Scranton Area Community Foundation sponsored the pet food pantry. The Scranton Animal Shelter Supply House oversaw the distribution.

“The more we can help people provide for their pets, the less likely these animals will be surrendered at shelters because their owners are unable to take care of them,” said Katrina Sonnenberg of the Scranton Animal Shelter Supply House.

The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative is an initiative of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

“The pet food pantry is one of many ways members are carrying out the mission of the Collaborative, which is to work on initiatives aimed at ensuring animals in NEPA achieve a happy and healthy life— free from abuse and neglect. The Collaborative has brought together shelters, rescue groups and funders, enabling members to offer help during a very difficult time,” said Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

The Collaborative hopes to hold a vaccine clinic and a spay and neuter incentive/voucher program in the upcoming months. You can lend a paw by donating online at the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s website. You can also mail a check indicating indicating “NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Fund” in the memo to:

Scranton Area Community Foundation
615 Jefferson Ave.
Suite 102
Scranton, PA 18510

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