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CNY Cat Coalition hosts third annual Four-Legged Food Drive

— On Saturday, Oct. 13, volunteers from the CNY Cat Coalition will host the third annual Four Legged Food Drive at the Clay Tractor Supply store (located on Route 31) by seeking donations of pet food for families in need.

The group will be collecting all kinds of sealed and unexpired pet food, litter, toys and bedding for a local 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 people in our communities that dearly love their companion animals, but are experiencing financial hardship,” said Bonnie Watson, event organizer. “Many are forced to make the decision to relinquish their cat or dog to a shelter simply because they can no longer provide for them. I hope this project helps raise awareness in our community about the issue and inspires all of us to help people keep their pets.”

In the past several years, more pets have been finding themselves homeless because their families are facing tough economic times. Even without the downturn in the economy, every community has a homeless pet problem. But due to the economic woes here in central New York, and across the country, the number of animals who become homeless via relinquishment to animal shelters and abandonment has skyrocketed due to foreclosures and joblessness.

“We are responding to that need because helping provide pet food will help some people keep their ‘best friends.’ Last year, our generous community helped us collect over 1,100 pounds 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.

CNYCC is a non-profit 501(C)(3), all volunteer organization dedicated to improving the welfare of cats and helping to prevent unwanted litters. The group facilitates low-cost spay/neuter clinics and provides financial support for low-income pet owners. In the last two years, more than 3,000 cats and kittens have been sterilized with their help. For more information, visit cnycatcoalition.org.

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