An animal shelter in the DMV area is helping families facing financial stress by providing a 'pet pantry' with free pet supplies, including food, treats, and more. This initiative aims to support pet owners who may be struggling due to job loss, medical issues, or other challenges, preventing them from having to separate from their pets. Since the pantry's opening in 2020, it has seen a surge in demand, with 150 to 200 people visiting monthly.
Federal data shows that pet food prices have risen since 2020, making the pantry's assistance even more crucial. The shelter provides a month's worth of pet food, tailored to the number and size of the pets in each household, without requiring proof of income or residency.
For those not in immediate need, the Consumers' Checkbook suggests ways to save on pet food, including online subscription-based services, purchasing from stores like Petco and PetSmart with discounts, or shopping at Sam's Club, BJ's, and Walmart, known for their competitive prices. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria also offers free vaccine clinics for pets and community events to promote their services. Donations to support this initiative can be made through their website and social media pages.
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Source: DC NEWS NOW