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Toledo Pet Food Bank in dire need of help

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The Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank helps feed hundreds of animals every month but the shelves are emptying out quickly. In this season of giving they're hoping some of you can help solve the problem. The food bank recently lost one of its biggest donors, so it's been a struggle to keep the shelves stocked, but they're counting on the kindness of this community to make sure they are able to keep feeding hungry pets. DeAnna Long is one of hundreds of people who count on the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank every month, "Taking care of my pets can be overwhelming on my limited salary, so I come out here and know that I can rely on them. It means a lot to me that this organization is here to help me out."

The shelves are normally stocked full of food, but Jill Borkowski of Humane Ohio says that is not the case right now, "One of the stores that was donating numerous bags of food to us on a regular basis had a change of corporate policy rather unexpectedly, so we've lost their donations." Since Humane Ohio relies solely on donations to stock the shelves it's been tough to fill that gap,"We just did a pet food drive that brought in 1,500 pounds of food which is awesome but we went through it in the blink of an eye."Food is handed out every week but at this point they can't make any guarantees, "The reality is that for our next food distribution we may have to turn people away."

As the donations drop, the need continues to grow. They're feeding pets in an average of 30 extra households every month compared to this time last year, "We're feeding about 285 households every month so that's about 80,000 pounds of food distributed already this year." Borkowski says it's important to remember that every little bit helps. No matter how small your donation, you will make a big difference in someone's life, "Every single can or bag that is donated means the world to the people and their pets that are benefiting from it." You can donate dry or canned cat and dog food. You can make a donation at Humane Ohio which is on Tremainsville near Secor Monday through Friday and at a number of other sites around town.

Find out more about how you can help at humaneohio.org.

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