Dayton nonprofit struggling for pet food donations

Dayton, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton-area animal nonprofit is fighting for a donation of pet food.

People and Paws is located at 2346 Valley Pike in Dayton in dire need.

“We try to feed pets to people who are financially vulnerable so they can stay in their furry homes,” says Joyce Ahmed, founder of People and Paws.

The organization is strictly dependent on and lacks donations.

“It has been very difficult this year because of COVID and also because of the supply chain,” says Ahmed. “People don’t donate because they have their own pets to feed and their own financial responsibilities. We are definitely hurting because donations don’t arrive.”

Evergreen Veterinary Hospital located at 6600 Centerville Business Parkway in Centerville tries to help satisfy hunger and ease the burden with its annual Holiday Pet Food Drive.

“We need dry food for dogs, dry food for cats — for adults — and food for cats,” says registered veterinary technician Lori Cassetti.

Over the years, they have collected 15,000 pounds of food for a variety of organizations.

“With coronavirus and the struggle of people having trouble feeding themselves or wondering where their next meal is coming from, we now have Christmas, holidays, gifts and other commitments, we don’t want their pets to be forgotten,” Laurie says.

This year’s donations will go to People and Paws, and they’ll take anything they can get their hands on.

“You can go to the dollar store. It doesn’t have to be very expensive. The more you donate, the more pets you can help,” says Lowry.

Donations that come in between now and the end of the year will go to the nonprofit to be distributed during its Saturday distributions and help feed the four-legged friends.

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am to Evergreen Veterinary Clinic,” says Joyce.

You can deliver donations at the hospital Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; And on Saturdays from 8 am to noon. You can also perform checks on People and Paws.

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