Pets of the Homeless will hold a national petfood drive for the first National Feeding Pets of the Homeless week, Aug. 8-14.
The organization is asking the public to take donations of petfood and petfood supplies to one of the identified, local collection sites, so they can be distributed to food banks and homeless shelters nationwide. A listing of over 200 collection sites can be found on the organization's website.
"Since 2008, collection site members have taken over 52 tons of pet food and over $8,000 worth of supplies to homeless shelters, food banks and soup kitchens across the country. It is a combined effort to continue year-round collections of pet food. We applaud the caring, member volunteers who have reported their contributions. The need is great for communities to continue to donate to this on-going effort," said Genevieve Frederick, executive director of Pets of the Homeless.
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