Emergency pet food pantry holding free one-day curbside pick-up event for dog, cat owners in need

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**For previous coverage of the pet food pantry, watch the video below**

VALLEY VIEW, Ohio (WJW) — After starting an emergency pet food pantry at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a local group is offering another free one-day pet food giveaway to reach even more people in need.

Friends of the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is hosting the event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, 9500 Sweet Valley Drive, Valley View.

“It’s clear that many are still feeling the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re not sure how long this struggle will last,” said Becky Bynum, FCCAS board president. “Through the event, we hope to reach as many Cuyahoga County pet owners as possible, so they can continue to take care of their pets and know we’re always here to help.”

It’s curbside, so participants don’t even have to leave their vehicles.

A curbside event earlier this summer served 149 families owning 446 animals. The group gave out 4,295 pounds of food and 1,974 cans.

The group launched its pet food pantry back in March to help pet owners struggling with financial challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. With the pantry, pet owners can fill out an application online or apply over the phone.

Then, volunteers provide non-contact delivery curbside at their homes.

Pet owners participating Sunday are asked to download an application online and bring it to the event with them.

When they arrive, they’ll drive to different stations to hand in their applications, get their food sorted out and then have it loaded into their vehicles.

For much more on the pet food pantry and the curbside event, including how to contact pantry volunteers, click here.

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