Saturday, March 13, 2010

No hungry dogs: New pantry to help people afford pets

People who might be down on their luck and can't bear to part with their animals are getting a break in Cincinnati.

 The Associated Press reports dozens of pet owners lined up over the weekend at the Cincinnati Food Pantry to receive a two weeks' supply of pet food, treats, cat litter and other items. Two local nonprofit animal-rescue groups teamed up to obtain donations to supply the first giveaway.

 "People lose their jobs and can't afford to keep their pets, or they have to move from their house to an apartment that doesn't allow pets," said Shannon DeBra, founder of Recycled Doggies, which is working with Pet Alliance on the pantry.

 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimated in November that 1 million to 2 million pets had been abandoned nationwide since the recession began in December 2007.

 Cyndi Loveless was among 140 families on the first distribution day, when more than 5,600 pounds of pet food was given out.

 "I'd die first before I let them go," she said of her four dogs and two cats. "They're part of the family, and you can't get rid of your family."

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