Feeding the hungry doesn’t just apply to people – it’s the area where pets need food, too.
Chattoqua County Humane Society is collaborating with the James Prendergast Library to fill this need. The Humane Society will host a drive-through pet store today from 2-5 p.m. in the library parking lot, 509 Cherry St. , Jamestown. Pet owners are welcome to drive through the parking lot to receive free food.
This is the second such event, said Brian Papalia, Director of the Humane Society Partnership for Chautauqua County. The first was held at Chautauqua Mall last year, which was very successful.
Papalia said the event was made possible by a grant through the Chautauqua District Community Foundation.
“There is a specific need,” He said. “We’re working with the Salvation Army pantry on a pet pantry project and then we have one here at the shelter. We’ve seen, last year in 2020, about 25,000 pounds distributed — most of that going through the Salvation Army pantry. We know that in Sometimes people don’t always have access to these sites, so we wanted to try to do something where we get out into the community and see if we can help more people.”
The process is easy, Papalia said: People can pull into the parking lot, tell attendees how many pets they have and will get 8 pounds of food per cat and 18 pounds of food per dog.
“If they have multiple pets, they obviously get that number in multiples,” He said. “We also encourage this not only for people who might be having a bit of a hard time with money at the moment but also those people who are looking after what we call ownerless cats or community cats. If they need some help with food, we just try to help as many as possible. possible from animals.
Papalia said there are various reasons why the Humane Society of Chautauqua County is doing this process, one of which is the desire to keep pets in their current homes.
“It’s something we’ve worked hard at.” He said. We want pets to be able to stay indoors. We don’t want people to make or make that decision about whether they need to get medicine or food for themselves or their pets. It’s in the best interests of the pet and the owner, especially during the COVID pandemic. You need that companionship, and they need that companionship, and this is just one of those efforts to help keep pets at home, and keep everyone healthy and sane. “
Papalia said community members can also reach out throughout the year if they need help with pet food. He said there has been some difficulty getting especially cat food for everyone due to national shortages. However, the humanitarian community was making donations through Purina in Dunkirk and was able to draw on the Chautauqua District Community Foundation for today’s event.