Prince William SPCA Opens Pet Food Pantry
Donations of Food Being Accepted for Families in Need
Manassas, VA (PRWEB) June 10, 2009 — When tough times strike, people turn to food pantries to keep from going hungry. But you will not find any canned vegetables or boxes of macaroni and cheese at the Prince William SPCA’s new pet food pantry, which is the first of its kind in the area. Located in the lobby of the Manassas City Animal Adoption Center in Manassas, the pet food pantry opened this past weekend and is now stocked with cat and dog food.
“Families in our community who fall on hard times should not be concerned that they need to give up a beloved pet because they cannot afford food. The pantry keeps families together and numbers down at the local shelters. We feel this is a win-win for everyone,” says Prince William SPCA President Melissa Korzuch.
Needy families in Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County may visit the pantry anytime during regular hours twice per month to receive assistance. There are no income requirements but is recommended that people using this service only take what they need so that others may also be helped. The pantry is funded by donations so at times food may be limited. Korzuch adds, “This program is not meant to be a long-term solution but rather a helping hand when times are tough. We hope that everyone who uses this program will give back to it when their circumstances change.”
The pantry is accepting donations of unopened wet or dry pet food for puppies, dogs, kittens and cats and will also accept bird, rabbit, and other small animal food. Donations of gift cards from Wal-Mart, Target, Wegmans, and other stores where pet food is sold may be mailed directly to the Prince William SPCA at PO Box 6631, Woodbridge, VA 22195. The pantry receives no subsidy from state, city or county agencies and relies entirely on the public to stock its shelves.
The community is asked to support the pantry by helping to collect food. It is very easy to support this project by simply placing a donation box at work, school, church or your favorite place of business. Visit the Prince William SPCA website at www.pwspca.org for a sign that can be downloaded and placed on donation collection boxes. Parents, teachers or scout/4-H leaders should note that collecting donations for the pantry is a fantastic way to get children and teens involved with helping animals, especially during the summer months.
Pet Food Pantry is open: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri, 10 am – 1 pm AND 4 pm – 6 pm; Wednesday, 5 pm – 7 pm; Saturday 10 am – 1 pm; Closed Sundays and Holidays. The Manassas City Animal Adoption Center is located at 10039 Dean Dr. in Manassas, Va. From Route 28 (Nokesville Road) turn eastbound onto Wellington Road. Make the first right onto Dean Drive. They are the second business on the right.
About the Prince William SPCA
The Prince William SPCA was established to benefit the animals of the greater Prince William County, Virginia, area. Donations are tax-deductible and may be mailed to: PWSPCA, PO Box 6631, Woodbridge, VA 22195.. This all-volunteer organization is dedicated to protecting domestic animals from cruelty, neglect, and abandonment, and stopping the unnecessary overpopulation of companion animals. Their goal is to end the killing of adoptable cats and dogs in the greater Prince William County region by promoting and supporting programs involving mutually beneficial relations between people and companion animals. For more information about the Prince William SPCA, visit www.pwspca.org and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pwspca.
President, Prince William SPCA
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