B'ville: Second annual four legged food drive

— CNY Cat Coalition volunteers will seek donations of pet food for families in need on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Tractor Supply Company, Route 31 in Baldwinsville.

The group will collect all kinds of sealed and unexpired pet food, litter, toys and bedding for the Coalition’s pet food pantry, which is held on the second Wednesday of each month and provides free pet food for low income families.

“This project is a great way to help those in need, many of whom are newly in need,” said Bonnie Watson, organizer of the event. “I hope this project helps raise awareness in our community about the issues the economy is causing for people and their pets.”

According to Watson, the number of homeless pets continues to increase because families are facing tough economic times. With or without the downturn in the economy, every community has a homeless pet problem. But numbers have skyrocketed due to the economy and pets have been abandoned or relinquished as owners face foreclosures and joblessness.

“We are responding to that need because helping provide free pet food will help some people keep their pets. Last year, our generous community helped us collect over 1, 100 lbs. of food that was distributed to families struggling to keep food on their own tables, as well as in their pet’s food bowl,” Watson said.

For more information about the CNY Cat Coalition, visit catcoalition.org.

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