PHOTOS: Animal-welfare groups provide dog, cat food for local low-income pet owners

Four local and area animal-welfare organizations have joined efforts through a new initiative to help low-income families in Barrow County provide for their pets so the pets can stay with their owners rather than having to be surrendered by a shelter. Leftover Pets, the Pup and Cat Co. humane society, End the Cycle Georgia and Off the Chain USA are providing free dog and cat food to low-income residents, free spay/neuter, free dog houses and free fencing for tethered dogs. The pet food distribution is in conduction with the Barrow County Food Pantry’s food distribution day the fourth Thursday of every month (third Thursday in November and December) at Holly Hill Mall in Winder. The groups have provided food for more than 300 dogs and cats the last two months. The next scheduled distribution day is May 27, starting at 8 a.m. “We believe pets are family and want to keep families together if possible,” group leaders said. Those who wish to assist the organizations in helping low-income families can drop off pet food donations at The Paws Resorts, 681 Tucker Rd., Winder, or Junk Happens, 1946 Railroad St., Statham. Direct purchases can be made online through the Leftover Pets Amazon Wish List. For more information, go to https://www.leftoverpets.org/community-outreach.html. For more information on the organizations, go to www.leftoverpets.org, www.pupanndcatco.com, www.etcgeorgia.org and www.offthechainga.org.

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