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Pets’ next meal is in the bag at Stray Rescue

DOWNTOWN WEST – Pet owners who are struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic can get help to keep their four-legged companions’ food bowls full.

Stray Rescue animal shelter, 2320 Pine St., is offering a free bag of pet food to anyone in need.

“Our hearts go out to those who are temporarily out of work and directly affected financially at this time,” Stray Rescue’s executive director, Cassady Caldwell, said in a statement on the shelter’s website. “I really want to help the community, because it’s simply who we are at Stray Rescue and it’s what we do. I have been in the restaurant industry for twenty years before joining the army of animal welfare, so I know what it is like to depend on consistent work. Therefore, I’d like to announce Stray Rescue is opening its doors as a pet food pantry.”

People who need pet food can call 314-771-6121 or email to schedule a pick-up time.

“We encourage you to bring your own container so we can help as many families in need as possible,” Caldwell said. “We will also personally deliver pet food to any quarantined individuals who are unable to pick up the food themselves.”

Pet owners must be willing to accept any brand of pet food.

To help meet the anticipated demand, the shelter is asking for donations of food (even open bags are fine) for them to distribute. Donors can also order items off Stray Rescue’s wish list or send or bring needed items to the shelter. Financial donations are always welcome.

Another way people can help during this time, the shelter notes, is by adopting or fostering an animal. Reduced or more flexible work schedules, working from home and less travel may allow more people to spend time with a new friend.

Both adopting and fostering save lives because when one animal leaves the shelter, there is space for rescuers to bring another in. The shelter provides for free everything a foster pet needs, including food, beds, crates, toys and medical care.

June Heath

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